Luke Nelson

Trail Running Ambassador


Blackfoot, Idaho


Pocatello, Idaho

Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador Luke Nelson
Luke spent his childhood wandering the mountains, but it wasn’t until he agreed to a poorly thought out bet, which involved a marathon, that he found running. Now, Luke relies on long mountain runs for his everyday connection to the natural world. He strives to maximize each hour by balancing his time as a physician assistant, race director, husband and father.

Career Highlights

  • Second place finish in the 2011 Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, Utah
  • Seven-time winner and course record holder of the El Vaquero Loco 50k, Wyoming
  • Fastest time known of car-to-summit-to-car of Idaho’s tallest mountain, Borah Peak
  • U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association National Champion, 2012
  • Fastest known time for climbing and descending all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks
  • Held the fastest time known for the Zion Traverse until May, 2013, Utah
  • First place finish: 2014 Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run, Wyoming
  • Second place finish: 2014 Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run, Utah
  • Race Director, Scout Mountain Ultra Trail