Sari grew up in Rhode Island and was a star athlete in both ice hockey and soccer. She passed on several opportunities to play collegiate women’s ice hockey and decided instead to head to college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Colorado presented a whole new realm of outdoor sports for Sari and she quickly discovered a passion for trail running. Sari later moved to Vail to be closer to the mountains and she began competing and winning many local trail running, snowshoe, and mountain bike races.
In Vail, Sari caught the eye of legendary adventure racer, Mike Kloser of Team Nike. Mike invited Sari to join his team, along with co-captain Michael Tobin, and teammates Ian Adamson and Monique Merrill. Sari proved her aptitude for long distance, multi-sport racing and claimed numerous wins with the team, including the adventure racing world championships with the team in 2006.
In June of 2007, Sari and her husband Ian added a new athlete to the family, a little girl named Juniper. Less than five months after giving birth, Sari was back to racing with the team, returning to form with a second place finish at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge. She went on to win the Winter Xterra World Championship in March and then the US Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships in July.
In the spring of 2010, Sari had another baby, this time a little boy named Axel. Just six months later, Sari claimed another national championship, this time as part of a mixed duo team at the 24 Hours of Moab mountain bike race. Read more about her return to form and her impressive achievement at the 24 Hours of Moab here.
Sari and her family now live in Carbondale, Colorado, just down the road from Aspen. In the winter, she spends her time ski mountaineering, winning the national championships in January 2012, and in the summer she races mountain bikes and competes in multi-sport events like the Ultimate Mountain Challenge at the Teva Mountain Games.
Sari hopes to be an inspiration to other women, proving moms can race at the highest levels while successfully balancing a family and a job. Read a recent interview about Sari and her family here.