Growing up in Northern Minnesota, Matt was innately drawn to outdoor pursuits that challenged the limits of his body. From competitive nordic skiing to extended bike tours up the shores of Lake Superior, Matt viewed movement as a vessel to engage, explore, and experience life to the fullest. Over time, he became fascinated by running and inspired by phenomenal human performances exhibited by Scott Jurek, Ryan Hall, and Deena Kastor.
Once he began to run, Matt never looked back. After winning a cross country state title, he accepted an athletic scholarship to compete on the cross country/track team for the University of Minnesota where he pursued a degree in Kinesiology. With a desire to experience something new, he moved West to compete for the University of Portland and complete a graduate degree in higher education and student affairs. With the Portland Pilots, Matt helped the cross country team place 2nd at the NCAA National Championships and went on to receive All-American honors in 10,000 meters on the track.
Working full-time at a life coach training organization, Matt has his eyes set on the 2020 Olympic Trials for the marathon. Currently competing for the Jacuzzi Boys Athletic Club, Matt is passionate about giving back to his community in the form of coaching/mentoring and volunteering his time at local running events. He is ecstatic to partner with Evolution Healthcare and Fitness to help educate athletes the value of holistic physical/mental development and empower them to create habits to uncover their potential.