Announcement: Phoenix Team Dirt and Vert Chapter To Launch Mid-November

Ashley Durstine Arizona Group Run Leader Team Dirt and Vert

If you read the About Us section of this website you’ll learn about us as individuals but the first paragraph explains exactly who we are and what we are looking to accomplish.

Team Dirt and Vert is a collective of trail runners spending their time chasing single-track and tackling challenging terrain. That is what you’ll read on all of our social profiles and it is 100% true but doesn’t give you the depth of what we are about.

We challenge ourselves to do what would be considered unthinkable and not because we want a kudos on Strava but because we don’t believe in limiting ourselves. We want to keep going out and finding new experiences, new challenges and create memories for a lifetime. We want to extend an invitation to you to become a member of Team Dirt and Vert by challenging yourself, pushing your envelope, creating new memories and remembering that life is better when you’re running single track up a mountain……the view is better up there!

Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual.

When we founded this endeavor, nearly two years ago, we could not have anticipated where this would go. Maybe it would die on the vine or maybe it would remain in North Texas with us just chasing each other around trails and pacing/crewing at races. Little did we know that there was a void that we could fill and help bring those new to trail and ultra running along, or that seasoned runners were looking for a group to call home.

With that as background, we are working on expanding our reach beyond the borders of North Texas and believe we have found the perfect person to help us accomplish that goal.

Please welcome Ashley Durstine as the first Group Lead of Team Dirt and Vert. Ashley is based in Surprise, Arizona and will be heading up the Phoenix Team Dirt and Vert chapter. Our first expansion beyond North Texas. Our hope is that we are able to launch more of these across the country in 2021 and that our program with Ashley will be the example for all chapters.

We can tell you a lot about Ashley, but instead we will let her tell you about herself in her own words:

I found my passion for running back in 2013 with 5k OCR mud runs with friends. Prior to that the only running I did was mandatory PT runs while serving in the USAF.

I fell in love with trail running back in January 2017. My husband just got deployed and I started working again in the dental field. The stress relief and adventure helped me through life’s problems.

I loved the race atmosphere at those OCR races and wanted that for trail running. I signed up for my first trail half marathon race at Lake Powell. After that a 20k race at my favorite place the White Tank Mountains and recently a 40k at Lake Pleasant.

I love challenges pushing the distance and being involved with the running community. November I will be running my first ultramarathon at Usery Mountain.

I love sharing my passion with others, learning and gaining knowledge from this amazing community.

Ashley – From Greg, Jen and I — Welcome to the family. We look forward to seeing you grow the Team Dirt and Vert group in the Phoenix area. This is the first of what we expect to be an amazing ride and having you captain the ship has us thrilled.

For those of you in the West Valley of Phoenix and Phoenix in general, please check out our Events Page for upcoming weekly group runs as well as special events that will tie into racing in the area.