Tia grew up in Marin County, taking her first steps on the trails of Mt. Tamalpais. She received a language degree from UC Berkeley and worked as a translator for a few years, then managed the print production department at an ad agency in San Francisco. Tia became a full-time mother and community volunteer in 1988. Amongst many volunteer commitments, she tutored reading in East Oakland, and did a weekly news radio broadcast for five years at Broadcast Services for the Blind in San Francisco.
She ran her first ultra (the Miwok 100K) in May, 2000, moved to Denver, Colorado in 2001, ran the Badwater 135 in 2002, earned a Teaching English as a Second Language credential (Cambridge University) in 2003 and took over the Miwok 100K in 2004.
In 2007, Tia became Managing Editor of UltraRunning magazine which, along with Miwok, consumes her life … in a great way. After moving to Southern Oregon, she did the Marathon des Sables in 2010, learned to scuba dive in 2011, and is now working on a Masters degree in Management to ensure that UltraRunning magazine continues to be The Voice of the Sport™, as it keeps pace with the growth and visibility of ultrarunning. You can contact Tia with Miwok 100K questions at: Miwok100K@gmail.com or Ultrarunning questions at: TiaB@ultrarunning.com