Sari began her athletic career as the only girl playing hockey with the boys growing up in Rhode Island. After moving to Colorado for college she quickly fell in love with the mountains—skiing, trail running and mountain biking at every opportunity. Sari started racing as a pro mountain biker just two years after her first race, while winning local trail running races along the way. With her multi-sport talents, Sari was soon spotted by legendary adventure racer Mike Kloser who asked her to join his Team Nike. Sari claimed numerous wins with the team, including the adventure racing world championships 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 a second place finish at the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge. She went on to win the Winter Xterra World Championship in March of 2008 and then the US Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships in July. In 2011, Outside Magazine named Sari one of the country’s “Fittest Real Athletes.”
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 here.
Sari and her family 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 continues to race mountain bikes and compete in multi-sport events like the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.
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. Sari was recently named one of Colorado’s “Resident Badasses” by Elevation Outdoors Magazine.