Luke Nelson

Trail Running Ambassador

Hometown

Blackfoot, Idaho

Resides

Pocatello, Idaho

Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Luke Nelson
Luke spent his childhood wandering the mountains, but it wasn’t until he agreed to a poorly thought out bet, which involved a marathon, that he found running. Now, Luke relies on long mountain runs for his everyday connection to the natural world. He strives to maximize each hour by balancing his time as a physician assistant, race director, husband and father.

Career Highlights

  • Second place finish in the 2011 Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, Utah
  • Seven-time winner and course record holder of the El Vaquero Loco 50k, Wyoming
  • Fastest time known of car-to-summit-to-car of Idaho’s tallest mountain, Borah Peak
  • U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association National Champion, 2012
  • Fastest known time for climbing and descending all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks
  • Held the fastest time known for the Zion Traverse until May, 2013, Utah
  • First place finish: 2014 Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run, Wyoming
  • Second place finish: 2014 Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run, Utah
  • Race Director, Scout Mountain Ultra Trail