Kimber Mattox


About Kimber

I am originally from Bend, Oregon, where I grew up playing a lot of soccer, basketball, and volleyball and chasing my older siblings and cousins around. Although I ran some in high school, college is when I really transitioned into becoming a runner. I competed in soccer, track, and cross country at Willamette University and then ran for the University of Oregon when I was in graduate school studying Human Physiology. I now balance my time between training, teaching, and coaching. On the track, my primary event is the 3km steeplechase. Off the track I compete in trail races and a little bit of obstacle course racing. I run for Team Run Eugene and am a member of the Nike Trail Team. Some of my biggest athletic accomplishments include: Xterra Trail Run World Champion 2014 & 2015, Warrior Dash World Champion 2014, and USATF Half Marathon Trail National Champion 2015. I was also a member of the silver medal winning USA Mountain Running Team at the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships. I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to balance my own training and racing as an athlete, with teaching, coaching, and mentoring college students.

What do you do when you are not running (other hobbies/counter sports)?

My typical day involves running/training, teaching, and coaching. But when I’m not doing those things, I like to spend time with family and friends and I love to dance.

Favorite running shoe?

For trail running I love the Nike Zoom Kiger and Wildhorse. On the roads I like the Nike Pegasus and Lunarglide.

If you had to name one aspect of running that gets your most psyched, what would it be?

I love that running is such a simple activity that can be so many different things to different people. For me, running is a source of energy and an outlet for competitiveness, but more importantly, it’s a curious adventure into seeing just what my body is capable of.

If you never started running what would you have pursued instead?

I played soccer and basketball growing up and played soccer in college, so if I hadn’t started running I probably would have stuck with those.

Who is your idol/hero?

I have a lot of incredible people in my life who I look up to, including my family, friends, and teammates. These hard working, genuine, well-rounded people inspire me to be a better person every day. One hero in particular is my dad. He is incredibly hard working at everything he does and has always been the most fun, caring, dedicated father I could ask for!

Guilty Oregon pleasure?

Berries and Central Oregon sunshine.

Tea or coffee or Kombucha?

Tea and kombucha! I’m part of the Runa Tribe, so I love Runa’s guayusa tea to energize my training and adventures. I also make my own kombucha.

What are your top 3 fav running locations?

In Eugene, Hendricks and the Ridgeline trails. Favorite race location so far…Kualoa Ranch on Oahu for Xterra Trail Run World Championships.