Reviewer Bios

Sam Winebaum, Editor and Founder

Sam is a 1:38 half marathoner on a good day and didn't mind at all going into his 60+ age group in 2017. Update: maybe he can still run fast as he clocked at 1:35 recently and a 3:40 Boston Marathon qualifier, surprising him.  He runs approximately 40 miles per week along the New Hampshire Seacoast and on Park City, UT trails . He has been running for 45 years and has a very dated marathon PR of 2:28. Always a geek Sam was  the Senior Contributing Editor for Wearable Fitness Technology and Music at Competitor Magazine and now also written for Motiv Running and China Fire Bulletin.

Jeff Valliere is a former pro cyclist who now runs and climbs the mountains of Colorado. He has been top 5 Masters, top 25 overall, at the Pike's Peak Marathon several times, finishing 3d Masters this year. Jeff loves vertical accumulating more than 500,000 vertical feet per year, has climbed all the 14's and 200 of the 13's and has held FKT on several.  He often runs and climbs at night. Passionate about the sport but also the gear he has reviewed hundred of shoes for various magazines and sites and participated in product testing for many brands.  Formerly a bike mechanic he has recently worked in Satellite Imagery. He has twin 6 year old daughters who keep him ever busier yet.

Peter Stuart
My running career got off to a slow start…in high school I was told I ran like a race walker and was thus relegated to race walking on the track team. I got back into running about 15 years ago and then into triathlon. Triathlon really rekindled my love for running, so about two years ago I hired a coach and really focused on the half and full marathons.  I broke a bad habit of putting in tons of moderately hard miles (and no or hard ones) and after plateauing at 3:25 (with some disastrous marathons in there), this past year I brought my marathon under 3:00 and my half under 1:25. Along the way I’ve developed a bit of a shoe problem.

Larisa Dannis
New Hampshire based, Larisa is an accomplished mountain runner, ultra road runner, and marathoner. Back in her home state after several years in California, she is working on her second Whites Mountains Grid, all 48 4000 foot NH peaks, each done in every calander month, most over very rugged, spectacular, technical terrain.  Her first Grid led her to start running, as she could cover more summits on the run than hiking!  Moving to California, in 2014 she finished 2nd in the Western States 100, had a 50 mile road PR of 5:59 becoming US Road Champion and was on the US 100K World Road Championships team. She was the top non elite runner (2:44:14), 17th woman overall at the 2014 Boston Marathon and qualified for 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier. She is a long time proponent of heart rate based pacing and uses this approach for all her running and racing. Her website can be found here.

Dave Ames
Dave is the Founder and Head Coach of Ame For It Run Coaching, a nationwide run coaching business, training athletes of all ability levels from 5K to Marathon.  A formally competitive runner in High School and College, Dave focuses the majority of his time now on his athletes, but maintains the love for running and racing by keeping sub 3 Marathon, fit.  His previous work in the run specialty industry consisted of managing multiple run shops across the US, then switching over to the Corporate wholesale side, most recently via Newton Running and Skechers Performance. Dave can be found on Instagram @ameforitruncoaching and his website

Dominick Layfield
Dom lives in Southern California after several years in Park City, UT.  He is an avid trail runner who likes to race.  He holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from MIT, and has worked as a researcher in orthopedic biomechanics. So he knows the difference between a ligament and tendon :-).
In 2016, he raced, among others, the Angeles Crest 100 (2nd place), Scout Mountain 80K (1st place), and Georgia Death Race 68 miler (3rd place).  His 2017 achievement include first place in the dead of winter 2017 108-mile Spine Challenger race in the UK, breaking the course record by an hour, first place in the Quicksilver 100K in California, and 14th at the Western States Endurance Run. 

Derek Li
Derek is a family physician who lives in Singapore. He has been running marathons for the past four years with a 2017 marathon PR of 2:41. He started running for triathlon training in 2003, and now focuses purely on running in a bid to run all the Marathon Majors. In his free time, he likes to review running shoes and related products at his blog Running Commentary.

Shannon Payne
Colorado Springs based Shannon is a 2 time winner of the infamous Mt Washington Road Race including 2017, a past member of the US Mountain Running Team placing 3d in the 2014 World Mountain Running Championships long course ascent of Pike's Peak, and was a 7 time All-American in track and cross country at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Sally Reiley started road racing in her mid 50's. Since then she has run the Boston Marathon five times and Chicago once with a PR of 3:29 in 2017 in Boston, in the heat. Along the way she has also has raised over $160,000 with Team Mass Eye and Ear for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital. A mother of five she lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

Tiffany Teaford 
I am a two-time qualifier for the Boston Marathon and a 1:40-ish half- marathoner.  Some of my favorite races are the Manchester Vermont Maple Leaf Half, CHAD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth) Half and the Middlebury Maple Run.  I am happily competitive age-grouper, but more than anything I just love running the beautiful backroads of Vermont.  Nordic skiing and cycling with friends and family balance out my time on the pavement and dirt. The craziest places I ever ran was Nuuk Greenland on a craggy shoreline perched above Davis Straight and along the Jangtze River China.    

David Henry
David is a entrepreneur, endurance coach with CTS (, husband and dad to 3 children.  He has run distances from short road races up to mountain 100 milers totaling around 40 ultramarathons over the last 8 years.  Searching for the best tools for the job, his interests turned to shoe design and real-word application of that design in many conditions, including those as harsh as winter in Alaska.  His broad range of experience with hundreds of shoes over the last 8 years has helped inform a better understanding of what tends to work best in a multitude of conditions and circumstances.

Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck is the token slow fat guy runner. Wasting his youth on such endeavors as playing golf and writing, he only started running in his thirties, and has a marathon PR of 4:15 to prove it. A full-time property manager, this part-time author and cold brew coffee maker lives in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and daughter. He enjoys running desert trails as well as the road, and is trying to get his 5K time to sub-twenty.

Michael Ellenberger
Michael is a third-year law student at Northwestern University in Chicago, with an interest in patent and intellectual property law. Prior to law school, he competed collegiately at Washington University in St. Louis (10,000m PR of 30:21). He recently finished 2nd at the Chicago Half-Marathon in a PR of 67:43, and was the top Illinois finisher in the 2017 Boston Marathon (2:33:03, 82nd overall). Michael is a gadget and running nerd, and has pipe dreams of running the Olympics Trials marathon standard. His pre-race breakfast is, and will always be, Pop-Tarts.

Cheyne Inman 
Cheyne competed in college at the University of San Francisco where he was the first athlete in school history to win the West Coast Conference Championships. After college he was a head coach in cross-country and track at the high school and collegiate level before moving on to managing athlete sponsorships at Skechers Performance. Currently he is coaching the 2017 California State Championship team at West Torrance High School and pursuing a career in real estate. He enjoys running in neutral running shoes for the trails, track, and road and typically runs over 100 miles a week. He has pr’s of: 5k- 14:36 10k- 30:23 half marathon- 1:06:57 marathon- 2:25:38

Hope Wilkes
Hope is a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia. No stranger to hills and humidity, this mid-packer is most at home on tough courses that might make other runners stay in bed. Hope has dabbled in ultras, including two 50-mile finishes, but has turned her attention to the marathon, working hard to improve upon her 2017 PR of 3:47:40. Already passionate about sneakers when she picked up running in 2008, it was inevitable that she’d become a running shoe geek. Hope funds her shoe habit with her gig as a financial services trade association program manager, a job that includes regular domestic and international travel. This happily married mom of two cats is also a first-year evening MBA student at Virginia Tech. In her free time she likes to review running shoes and gear at her blog Runner’s Reviews [].


Thomas D Compton said...

Jeff, I know you have been running in the Salomon Sense Ultra Pro. Salomon just launched it. Do you think it has more underfoot cushion than the Sense Ride?


Unknown said...

Are you going to review the On running Cloudace?