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Stories of Luke Nelson: ultra runner, husband, father, and physician assistant

Photo Credit: Kelvin Trautman


I have an incredible talent for biting off more than I can chew, hence the current status of my life.


I am very fortunate to work very closely with companies that I fully support and believe in.


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About Me

My entire life I have been drawn to the mountains. Over the years I have found many different ways to enjoy wild places.  Trail running is the method that I have found the most appealing to me as a way to explore the world and to challenge my body.

I have an incredible talent for biting off more than I can chew, hence the current status of my life: Husband to a stunningly beautiful woman, Tanae; father to three amazing kids, Brynlee, Chloe, and Anders; Professional Trail and Ultramarathon runner, and a Physician Assistant. All of this rolls in to a complicated challenge of balancing all the aspects in my life while maintaining my sanity…but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This site is a place where I intend on documenting my journey and the struggle it is of maintaining balance in a life that requires so much. I hope you enjoy your time here and if you would like to see or hear more, or something specific don’t hesitate to contact me.


My Adventures

The Pursuit;  Teton Center Punch Edition

The Pursuit; Teton Center Punch Edition

Near Glacier Benchmark, early on the route Photo: Jared Campbell The craft of movement in the mountains is fascinating. I’ve dedicated my life to it. It has brought me immense joy, but has also brought fear and sometimes sadness. Learning and practicing this craft...

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A Light for the Dark

A Light for the Dark

I can still remember the first time I saw a headlamp. I was twelve years old, my dad and I were headed up to Treasure Mountain Scout Camp for a Youth Leadership Program called Cedar Badge. We stopped at a gear shop in Driggs, Idaho called Yostmark. They had a couple...

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Long Run Favorites – Summer 2020

Long Run Favorites – Summer 2020

As the northern hemisphere slides into summer, I thought it might be helpful to share what I am using during my long runs. It is interesting to me to find that I trend to a very similar kit for local long runs essentially every time. This will very somewhat if the...

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