Our Speakers

Liz Kellogg: “Running in Circles: Blame my Parents”  LizKellogg

What do running, psychology and expert knitting have in common? Liz Kellogg, for one. Liz spent childhood summers hiking and running in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, winning her first “Beagling” race at the age of 12. She continued to run while raising three children and working as a school psychologist. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon, Liz appreciates the chance to run all kinds of beautiful trails after years as a road runner. Her ultra running adventures include finishing five 100-mile races, first place finishes in two 50-mile races, and adventure runs in Peru and Chile. She is setting 60+ female course records while approaching 100 ultra-distance races. When she is no longer able to run the trails, Liz will send her grandchildren out to explore for her.

Cheri Pompeo:“Say “Yes!” or “I’ll Do It.””

CheriCheri was born and raised in Washington State and has been an avid trail runner since 1996. She has run in more than 395 marathons and ultramarathons, at least one in every state and on every continent, with a top distance to date of 102 miles.She has a bachelor of science degree in physics and a master of science in computer science with the University of Washington. She regularly writes for running publications such as Northwest Runner, and Ultrarunning magazine. Her guidebook, 50 Trail Runs in Washington State was published by Mountaineers Books in 2002. She has also published short stories and essays and various literary journals and newspapers. She started running to get in shape, but quickly fell in love with the sport and kept adding miles. “There didn’t seem to be a limit in the distance I could run,” she said. In 2005, she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro 2 days after winning the veteran women’s division at the Kilimanjaro marathon. In addition to running, Cheri enjoys open water swimming and scuba diving. She has had the good fortune to dive in such places as: The Great Barrier Reef, The Galapagos Islands (all of them), the inside passage to Alaska, Fiji and Puerto Rico. At 62 years of age she still runs the marathon distance or longer, 2-3 times per month. She says she’ll put off thinking if she’s getting too old until she’s 72 and then may defer for another 10 years.

Carmelita Logerwell: “Choosing Adventure and the Importance of Resilience”A happy woman - Carm on the Beat the Dinner Hike

Though Carmelita Logerwell grew up in the quiet town of Kent, WA, her life would turn out anything but quiet.  A mother and a CPA, she has spent the majority of her free time planning and engaging in physically and mentally challenging adventures that were uncommon for women at the time. These challenges included leading several Mountaineers sea kayaking trips, cycle touring France, Holland and England, cycling the Seattle To Portland event multiple times, several multi-week backpacking trips,  cross country and tour skiing and also running a marathon and half marathons. Carmelita has dedicated her life to balancing the demands of family and career with the pull of outdoor adventures.

HelenV2Helen Thayer: “Age is no Barrier to our Dreams and Goals”

New Zealand born Helen Thayer’s life is a testament to setting goals and achieving them. Her list of historical expeditions and accomplishments includes:

  • First woman to travel alone to any of the world’s Poles when she skied at age fifty to the Magnetic North Pole without dog sled, snowmobile, resupply or support.
  • First woman to walk 4,000 miles across the Sahara from Morocco to the Nile River.
  • In another world’s first, Helen walked 1,600 miles across the Gobi Desert at age sixty-three.
  • Kayaked 2,200 miles of the Amazon River.
  • In a unique study in the wild, Helen lived near a wolf den above the Arctic Circle for a year.
  • Helen won the American national luge championship and represented three countries in international track and field.
  • She has climbed some the world’s highest mountains.
  • The Explorer’s Club awarded Helen the Vancouver Award for Excellence in Exploration.

With presentations to audiences worldwide, she has addressed countless organizations in the last two decades — from one-room schools in the Amazon to the White House.