Sarah Keyes is a mountain and ultra trail runner based in Saranac Lake, NY. When not working as a nurse or coaching other athletes remotely you’ll find Sarah and her dog Mocha in the mountains on foot, bike or ski. “If I could spend all my days on the trail pushing my limits physically in the mountains, I would.” She has been racing ultras for seven years and has been running recreationally for 15 years.
In 2019 Sarah broke her ankle on a routine training run, taking her out for the season. In the interlude she was able to take a further look at what was truly important, finding meaning in community and advocacy. During that time Sarah went all in on her own coaching business, joined the International Trail Running Association as a Leadership Team member and was instrumental in creating an action group in her local community, the Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance. ACRA’s mission is to develop and enhance recreational assets while increasing environmental stewardship and advancing policy to bolster Adirondack communities.
Photo: Jamie McGiver
Sarah became a registered nurse in 2015 and works on an as needed basis at her local hospital. Prior to returning to school to become a nurse Sarah worked in environmental education, teaching school and public naturalist programming.
Sarah competes in trail races up to the 100 mile distance and coaches athletes of all levels. It’s her belief that running can help athletes become stronger and healthier not only on the trail but in life. Sarah runs for the RAB, Julbo USA and Tailwind Nutrition.