Katie Schide Highlights Successful UTMB® Campaign for CTS Athletes

August 31, 2022

17 CTS Athletes, working with 6 different CTS Coaches, competed in UTMB events in Chamonix.

(Colorado Springs, CO – August 31, 2022) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Seventeen CTS Athletes competed in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB®) events held in Chamonix, France between August 22 – 28, 2022, with Katie Schide scoring a runaway victory in ultramarathon’s premier 171-kilometer event. As a testament to the depth of the CTS Ultrarunning Coaching Staff, six coaches had athletes competing in UTMB events, and CTS had multiple coaches on site to support athletes throughout the week.

Katie Schide – 2022 UTMB Champion

Katie Schide led the UTMB race early on, before relinquishing the lead and falling 40 minutes behind. Coming back from such a deficit is rare, but the North Face-sponsored athlete continued to work the problem and adapt to the adversity. She gradually gained ground and eventually retook the lead and went on to win by more than one hour.

Katie started working with Jason Koop, Head Coach of CTS Ultrarunning and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning, 3rd Ed.” in December 2021. A winner of several UTMB World Series® races, her best previous finishes in UTMB were 6th place in 2019 and 8th place in 2021. To achieve greater adaptations within the same weekly training hours, Coach Koop implemented block training to concentrate training stimulus. Katie also competed in ski mountaineering (skimo) for high-intensity training through the winter.

“As her coach, I’m overjoyed for Katie, but not just because she prevailed,” said Jason Koop. “The backstory is as special for me as the victory. It’s a story of the transformation she made to her training over the past year, the way she adapted to adversity, and the way she executed on race day.” Read Coach Jason Koop’s race report.

2022 CTS Athlete Campaign Results

CTS Athletes ranged from the 20-34 age group up to the 60-64 age group, and competed in events ranging from 50-171 kilometers. Overall, CTS Athletes achieved a 76% finishing rate.

Athlete Nationality Event Coach Age Group Result
Katie Schide USA UTMB® Jason Koop 20-34 1st, Women
Abby Hall USA CCC® Jason Koop 20-34 3rd, Women
Stephanie Howe USA OCC® Jason Koop 35-39 43rd, Women
Mike Kreaden USA UTMB® Jason Koop 60-64 1104, Men
Lauren Ciccomascolo USA CCC® Jason Koop 20-34 DNF
Chris Murphy Australia TDS® Chantelle Robitaille 35-39 539, Men
Rhett Smith USA UTMB® Corrine Malcolm 45-49 DNF
Spencer Punter USA UTMB® Corrine Malcolm 50-54 429, Men
John Meaney USA UTMB® Corrine Malcolm 45-49 1275, Men
Nathan Moody USA UTMB® Corrine Malcolm 45-49 DNF
Cordis Hall USA TDS® Corrine Malcolm 20-34 DNF
Kevin Oberholser USA CCC® Corrine Malcolm 35-39 169, Men
Diego Cassabonne Peru CCC® Sarah Scozzaro 35-39 52, Men
Daniel Marshall Australia UTMB® Sarah Scozzaro 45-59 1014, Men
Becky Bates USA TDS® Darcie Murphy 60-64 22, Women
Craig Murphy USA UTMB® Nicole Rasmussen 45-49 972, Men
Zach Mortensen USA OCC® Nicole Rasmussen 45-59 400, Men


CTS Ultrarunning continues to experience significant growth in the number of coaching signups in recent years. As a result, the CTS Ultrarunning Coaching Staff has grown to include 20 professional coaches. All CTS Coaches are certified through an in-house Coaching Education Program and receive ongoing continuing education, mentoring, and evaluation.

About CTS

A pioneering company in the endurance coaching industry CTS has improved the performance of more than 20,000 athletes since 2000. Home to more than 50 professional coaches, CTS seeks to change lives and ultimately the world, through the power of movement, healthy habits, knowledge, and inspiration. The company provides personal coaching, training camps, and Endurance Bucket List experiences to athletes of all ability levels. For more information, visit www.trainright.com.

Media contact: Jim Rutberg, jrutberg@trainright.com, 719-360-2672