Kyle Pietari


Denver, CO




Trail Ultras - 100 mile

Kyle is a busy dad and lawyer. He makes time to train and race ultramarathons by building running into his lifestyle any way he can. “It’s doable and it’s worth it.” 

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  • Sub-16:00 at Western States 100 for a fourth consecutive top-ten finish 

  • Winning Run Rabbit Run 100 

  • 3:46 downhill mile FKT on Lickskillet Road 

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How fast do you think you could run a backwards mile?
Down Lickskillet Road, I would try for sub-4:00. 
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What is one of your most memorable non-competition runs?

One of the first times I ran with my now wife of over ten years. We weren’t dating yet. She was training for a marathon, which was further than I’d ever run, and I was intimidated. We jogged a few miles around the streets of Washington, D.C., and she looked really cool shadowboxing when we stopped at intersections. 

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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?

I hope to achieve my fifth consecutive top-ten finish at Western States 100 this year. That race has been very important to me and my family since 2016. We can’t wait to go back again this year (and if I do well, again the following year)! 

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

UTMB (the greatest ultramarathon in Europe). 

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Do you have any quirky running habits?

I always carry a plastic baggie to protect my phone in case of rain. 



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


Run on an empty stomach or a full bladder? 

Empty stomach (it’s always empty after mile 70 of an ultra). 

Do a beer mile or a milk mile?

La Leche.

Run in the freezing cold or the sweltering heat?

Heat is my favorite. 

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

I’ll throw up either way, so neither is an option. 

Come across a snake or a rat on your run?


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

I’ll go with blister on my side. 

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

I already don’t stretch. 

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

I like to get the big vert climbing out of the way early (like at Western States and Run Rabbit Run).