Willie has been fortunate to climb, hike, and run around in the outdoors since age 10 (at a birthday party in 1st grade he tackled a kid who was stomping on a young tree, making quite clear his love of nature and his mother’s influence as a landscape architect.) He headed West as soon as he was able and has since climbed mountains and run trails on numerous continents, having many stunning and life-changing adventures along the way. Since 2005 he has increasingly focused on trail and ultra-marathons, ski mountaineering, "fast"packing adventures, and his greatest passion of all: sharing his infectious enthusiasm for these activities and the outdoors with others.
Willie received a B.A. in English/Creative Writing at Colorado College and is a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute in Portland, OR. He is a Wilderness First Responder and certified in Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management. Visit our Press page to read some of his writing and learn more about his adventures!
Yassine’s love and appreciation for the outdoors was instilled at a young age. While growing up, Yassine’s mother would disconnect the cable TV in the summer months and take the family and friends on camping adventures. In his early twenties the unquenchable thirst for exploration propelled Yassine to Colorado and then to the Finger Lakes Region of New York state where he met his wife and was transformed into a trail ultra-marathon runner. Since 2008 Yassine has made his presence felt in the competitive ultra-running scene but has realized there is much more than trying to clock the fastest times. He still loves the camaraderie and laid-back enjoyment of experiencing nature with friends and sharing stories around camp, like he did with family and friends early in his life. He resides close to the trails in Portland, OR with his wife Erica and daughter Farah.
Yassine holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Studies: Physical Activity/Exercise from Portland State University. He is a Wilderness First Responder and is certified in Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management. Visit our Press page and YassineDiboun.com to learn more about his ultra running and racing.