Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
Salem started Vacation Races in 2012 out of a desire to start a company that combines fitness, travel, and nature.
Lyle's journey began over 14 years ago. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis on his 30th birthday, Lyle was told that in 5–10 years he could be in a wheelchair.
Now 43, Lyle went through a period of depression and felt defeated. In 2010 he was invited by his father-in-law to run his first marathon. After that he got hooked on running and sharing his passion for running with others. Lyle always refers to running as a gateway drug - you never know where it is going to take you. He has now completed 20 full marathons, seven 50-mile ultras, one 100-mile ultra, and several Ironman and Half Ironman races (including the 2013 Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI). Lyle is a social runner and is always looking for someone to run with and share stories.
Lyle is thrilled to be a part of Vacation Races and to play an important part in your race day experience!!
Anna likes being the quiet but witty person in the group. She likes working with all of the VR team members to give runners a great experience.
In her spare time Anna is either playing sports, enjoying the outdoors, perfecting a new dessert, or working on a craft. She also loves dill pickles. One of her favorite ways to recharge is to take in the desert solitude, running the trails of Southern Utah.
Piper joined the Global Adventures team after spending 13 years in the running industry, producing a portfolio of races in Oregon, and providing services for hundreds of events nationwide. Creating space for people to bring out the best in themselves, both on and off the trails, is what fuels her passion for event directing!
In her free time, Piper competes in pickle-ball tournaments, runs trails in California, and spends time with family.
The VR Team
A storyteller by nature, and a very talkative one at that, Katie lives her life ensuring her story is worth telling. After obtaining her journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno (Go Wolf Pack!), she was determined to find a career that would allow her to combine her passion for communications and her love for the outdoors. Enter Vacation Races.
When she is not working, you can find her traveling the world, hiking, paddle boarding, snowshoeing and otherwise exploring the great outdoors with her husband, Erik.
Director of Operations, Global Adventures
Customer Service Manager
Lauren grew up in central Pennsylvania and spent her childhood days darting through the branches of fallen trees and examining the damp undersides of rotting logs. Darting through the forest secured her love for running, exploring, and the outdoors.
She prefers to listen more than speak, but that doesn't mean she's shy! Apart from exploring the outdoors with her dog Georgia, Lauren enjoys drawing, painting, and archery.
A lifelong New Englander and avid traveler, Sam looks forward to exploring our National Parks for the first time as the team's graphic designer.
She spends her weekends cooking, hiking, and re-watching Star Trek episodes.
Assistant Merchandise Manager
Jen enjoys all things outdoors from running, hiking in the National Parks, SUP yoga and traveling to as many places as possible with her sweet dog, Gigi.
She has applied her eight years of sponsor sales experience to support the Vacation Races sponsorship portfolio. She truly enjoys creating relationships with brands to enhance the runner experience.