Kriste Peoples


Denver, CO




Motivating women to take up space on and off the trails; inspiring new narratives of wellness and adventure.

Kriste Peoples is a women’s trail running coach, outdoor guide, writer, and speaker who lives and thrives in Denver, Colorado. She’s a meditation teacher, too, who loves sitting at the intersection of workouts and wonder in nature. She can often be found outside, as well as on Instagram, and 

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  • inspiring a love of the outdoors in women like Lisa B. She'd just welcomed a grandson and wanted to be a 'badass nana' who could spark a love of nature in him. After taking her through a BIPOC women's backpacking program, she was able to conquer her fears and return with a newfound sense of agency in nature - for herself and her family.
  • being a frequent speaker advocating for the power of movement - and stillness - in the outdoors as a healing factor for people who have felt unseen and underrepresented in outdoor spaces. 
  • following my own passions for trail running, writing, and exploration and allowing them to unfold into a deeply transformative journey.
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How fast do you think you could run a backwards mile?
I can think it pretty quickly, doing it is another thing! 
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What is one of your most memorable non-competition runs?

I was on a beautiful canyon trail when a runner approached to tell me how much she loved Altra, which is how she recognized me. 

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If you had to pick one race or event this year that you anticipate will be your most proud achievement or moment, which one would it be and why? Do you have a special connection?

A team relay in the Tetons would do it for me. I don’t typically race, but I enjoy sharing outdoor adventures with a group. A friend on our team was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has begun chemotherapy. Being able to run with her again would be a definite highlight of the year and I can’t think of a bigger celebration of life. 

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What is your favorite event to watch that you don’t participate in?


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Do you have any quirky running habits?

I’ve been known to occasionally tell bad jokes that just don’t make sense. 



Eat a slice of pizza mid-race or drink a milkshake?

Non-dairy milkshake.

Run on an empty stomach or a full bladder? 

Empty stomach.

Do a beer mile or a milk mile?

Non-dairy milk mile. 

Run in the freezing cold or the sweltering heat?

Freezing cold. 

Be met at the finish line with your favorite beverage or favorite meal?

Favorite beverage. 

Come across a snake or a rat on your run?

Rat (snakes don’t run away, rats do!). 

Run with a blister on your foot or a cramp in your side?

Side cramp. 

Give up core work or stretching and still stay injury-free?

Too close to call! 

Run uphill in the first half of your run or the second?

Uphill first.