Jax Mariash is known as “The Queen of the Desert” and one of the top ranked and most decorated females in self supported stage racing in the World. Jax was the first woman in the world to complete the 4 Deserts Race Series Grand Slam Plus. In addition, she was crowned the 2016 4 Deserts Female World Champion. Additionally, Jax was 6th female at the 2018 Marathon Des Sables and the Female Champion at the 2018 Grand To Grand Ultra.
Previously, Mariash chose to do a run mission to run 365 days in a row to create awareness for cancer research and inspire people to move their bodies to prevent disease.
Mariash is a runner, adventure seeker, entrepreneur, lover, dreamer and doer. You could say she is one of those girls that doesn't really sit still because she loves life so much and all that it has to offer that I just have to enjoy every single bit 24/7.
Mariash is an inspirational vehicle to athletes, entrepreneurs and women to push the envelope and follow your dreams. Her largest dream is to inspire the masses to get outside and explore, and to live life to the fullest. Life is so short and you just have to get after it and live it! She is one that has a dream and just goes after it.
A runner since 5 years old, a stint at elite triathlons and duathlons scoring the bronze medal at duathlon long course world championships in her division and then getting an itch for running really really long. She loves to be diverse and courageous. For Mariash, running ignites the soul. It makes her thrive and grow as an individual. Some days it is to sort out business, or step away from business, and others it is for solitude or to visit with a friend. Whatever the case, she hopes her achievements, and passion for running and life rubs off on as many souls as she can to ignite their spirits to get out there and explore.
Since a very young age, Wonder Woman has been her hero. Today she taps into her tenacity and strength in her own skin to motivate others to do the impossible. And yes, she take it all of the way to her race kit. What not, right?
Follow your dreams. You are the only one that can make it happen!
FUN READS ON JAX:
RUNNER’S WORLD: YOU THINK YOU LIKE COFFEE? THESE RUNNERS HAVE THEIR OWN ROASTING BUSINESS
FORBES: 5 ENTREPRENEURIAL LESSONS FROM AN ULTRA-RUNNER
TRAIL RUNNER MAGAZINE: JAX MARIASH CONTINUES TO TAKE THE STAGE
GEAR JUNKIE: 7 SECRETS FOR SELF SUPPORTED ULTRAMARATHONS
PARK RECORD: PARK CITY RUNNER JAX MARIASH IS TOP WOMAN, TOP AMERICAN, AT THE GRAND TO GRAND ULTRA
ULTRA RUNNING MAGAZINE: WHAT’S IN JAX MARIASH’S STAGE RACING PACK:
SELF MAGAZINE: PRO ULTRA RUNNER JAX MARIASH EXPLAINS WHAT IT IS LIKE TO TRAIN FOR THE 170-MILE GRAND TO GRAND ULTRA
A LIFE OF ADVENTURE: JAX MARIASH AND THE GRAND 2 GRAND ULTRA
PARK RECORD: THIS 13 YEAR OLD PARK CITY RUNNER IS HERE TO RUN 100 MILES AND CRUSH US ALL
ESPN W : FOR DES LINDEN, LAUREN FLESHMAN AND JAX MARIASH CAREERS IN RUNNING COME WITH A SIDE BUSINESS
PARK RECORD: MARKETPLACE: PROFESSIONAL RUNNER OPENS 2ND STOKED ROASTERS LOCATION IN PARK CITY, UT
GEAR JUNKIE: HOT WEATHER RUNNING TIPS FROM THE QUEEN OF THE DESERT
PARK CITY MAGAZINE: THIS ULTRA RUNNER IS A REAL LIFE WONDER WOMAN
TRAIL RUNNER MAGAZINE: THE LAST DESERT - RUNNING AMONG THE PENGUINS, SEALS AND VASTNESS OF ANTARCTICA
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: A BEAUTIFUL BUT BRUTAL MULTI-DAY RACE IN ANTARCTICA
MUSCLE AND FITNESS HER'S: HOW SUPER-RUNNER JAX MARIASH TRAINS
VOKE BLOG: GRAND SLAM PLUS - THE FINAL RACE - ANTARCTICA
RUNNER'S WORLD: RUNNER BY THE NUMBERS FEATURING JAX MARIASH
TRAIL RUNNER MAGAZINE: HOW JAX MARIASH PULLED OFF A GRAND SLAM WIN WHILE MANAGING TWO BUSINESSES
STRAVA RUN BLOG: FACING THE IMPOSSIBLE: THE FIRST WOMAN TO COMPLETE THE 4 DESERTS GRAND SLAM PLUS
KSL.COM - PARK CITY WOMAN BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE TO FINISH FIVE 155-MILE RACES IN A YEAR
KSL.COM - FIRST WOMAN
VOKE TAB - RACE NUMBER 4: THE ATACAMA CROSSING:
COMPETITOR GROUP: THE WOMAN WHO RAN ALL OVER THE GLOBE IN RECORD TIME
FIT BOTTOMED GIRLS: WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM THE FIRST WOMAN TO COMPLETE THIS EXTREME RACE SERIES
JACKSON HOLE NEWS AND GUIDE: WILSON ULTRA-RUNNER NAMED WORLD CHAMP
HOOD RIVER NEWS: LOCAL RUNNER WINS HISTORIC TITLE IN ANTARCTICA RACE
SHAPE MAGAZINE ONLINE: THIS WOMAN JUST MADE HISTORY RUNNING 775 MILES THROUGH THE DESERT
GRIND TV: FIRST FEMALE RUNNER SET TO FINISH EXTREME 4 DESERT RACE SERIES
JAX WINS GLOBAL DESERT RACE SERIES IN CHILE:
JACKSON HOLE NEWS AND GUIDE: JAX TAKES ATACAMA - SITS ONE RACE AWAY FROM HISTORY
JACKSON WOMEN WHO RUN THOSE CRAZY RACES:
JACKSON HOLE MARATHON WIN:
WASHINGTON POST - HANDLING BURNOUT
WOMEN'S RUNNING - SHE'S RACING 5 7-DAY ULTRA MARATHONS FOR CHARITY
JACKSON HOLE NEWS & GUIDE: 2 RACES AWAY FROM MAKING HISTORY
VOKE TAB - RACE NUMBER 3 - GOBI MARCH:
HOOD RIVER NEWS: JAX MARIASH FINISHES FIRST WOMAN AND SIXTH OVERALL IN 155-MILE GOBI DESERT RUN
TOMGIRL - WONDERWOMAN - JAX MARAISH
JACKSON HOLE NEWS & GUIDE - NAMIBIA STAGE:
VOKE TAB - RACE NUMBER 2: NAMIBIA
ZEAL OPTICS BLOG ON NAMIBIA:
RACING THE PLANET BLOG:
JACKSON HOLE NEWS & GUIDE: GRAND SLAM PLUS:
VOKE TAB BLOG: THE QUEST FOR THE GRAND SLAM PLUS:
GARAGE GROWN GEAR:
HOOD RIVER NEWS:
HOOD RIVER NEWS:
CSNBC - AP - AOL: FEMALE ATHLETES AND NUTRITION
FIT BOTTOMED GIRLS: ULTRA RUNNER ENTREPRENEUR JAX MARIASH
LIFE UNCHARTED PODCAST : TRICKING YOUR MIND WITH JAX MARIASH
I'LL HAVE ANOTHER WITH LINDSEY HEIN - EPISODE 87 JAX MARIASH
CONSUMMATE ATHLETE PODCAST
C TOLLE RUN PODCAST
THE INTELLIGENT RACER PODCAST: 4 DESERTS GRAND SLAM PLUS WITH JAX MARIASH
FUN VIDEOS ON JAX:
PARK CITY TV: LEADVILLE TRAIL 100 AND LOOKING FORWARD TO UTMB
PARK CITY TV: JAX MARIASH TAKING A PEEK AT ULTRA MARATHONS AND STOKED ROASTERS
PARK CITY TV: JAX MARIASH, PROFESSIONAL ULTRA RUNNER
PARK CITY TV: JAX MARIASH ON RUNNING MOTIVATION
FOX 10 NEWS (PHOENIX): RUNNER COMPLETES HISTORICAL RACE SERIES
PARK CITY TV: PROFESSIONAL ULTRA RUNNER JAX MARIASH ON THE GRAND SLAM PLUS
4 DESERTS GRAND SLAM PLUS STAGE 4 - ATACAMA CROSSING
KWG-8: HOOD RIVER WOMAN SETS ENDURANCE RACE RECORD
KWG-8: LOCAL WOMAN WINS ULTRA MARATHON SERIES
KWG-8: COFFEE FOR THE OUTDOOR-LOVER
4 DESERTS WORLD CHAMPION VICTORY SPEECH
PARK CITY TELEVISION - 4 DESERTS GRAND SLAM PLUS - ONE RACE AWAY FROM HISTORY
4 DESERTS NAMIBIA STOP:
PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FOR THE 4 DESERTS GRAND SLAM PLUS:
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH - 4 DESERTS RACE SERIES NAMIBIA - FEMALE CHAMPION:
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH - 4 DESERTS RACE SERIES GOBI MARCH - FEMALE CHAMPION:
ULTRA RUNNING AND STOKED COFFEE WITH JAX MARIASH - TNF EDIT
ULTRA RUNNING WITH JAX MARAISH - AVEX OUTDOOR
In the 14 years of the 4 Deserts race series, an annual event of ultra marathons held across the globe in desolate and challenging terrain, there have only been three men to complete the Grand Slam Plus. The Grand Slam Plus is a series of five 250k (155 mile), multi-day foot races across the roughest terrain in the world. It includes the 4 Deserts Grand Slam plus the Roving Race – in the same calendar year. Jax Mariash Koudele (representing U.S. and Canada and raised awareness and funds for the LymeLight Foundation) become the first female ever to complete this grueling challenge in 2016. She additionally became the second female in the race series history to win all of the 4 Desert races in a fiscal year and was crowned the 2016 4 Deserts Female World Champion.
In 2016, the Grand Slam Plus races begin with the Roving Race in Sri Lanka on Feb. 14, followed by the 4 Deserts races on the hottest (Namibia), windiest (Gobi March), driest (Atacama Crossing) and coldest (Antarctica) deserts in the world. Each race consists of seven days out in the desert moving camp to camp each day. The race format starts with four stages (days) in a row with 22-28 miles per day. On day five, racers run approximately 50 miles (known as the Long March) followed by a rest day. On the 7th day, athletes complete the 250k (155 mile) journey with a 10k jaunt to the finish line.
In addition to the terrain being so challenging, the race is also made more arduous by the requirement that athletes be self-sufficient, carrying everything they need to survive on their backs. The only support from staff is hot and cold water, medical treatment, and a tent space to share with nine other competitors. The race format is so grueling and the terrain so undulating that it is not uncommon for racers to walk away from an event feeling super human. Mariash hopes that her achievement of completing the Grand Slam Plus, others will find inspiration in her passion for the outdoors and will get outdoors themselves. She is also hoping that her efforts will help make a difference in the lives of those children suffering from Lyme, helping them more quickly get back outside.
About the 4 Deserts Event Series:
The 4 Deserts Race Series is widely recognized as the most prestigious outdoor footrace series in the
world. The series consists of the Sahara Race (Namibia), Gobi March (China), Atacama Crossing (Chile) -and The Last Desert (Antarctica). In February 2008, a fifth event, called the Roving Race, was added to the 4 Deserts calendar. Competitors in the 5 races traverse 250 kilometers in seven days over rough country terrain with only a place in a tent and water provided. They are supported by highly qualified staff, all with experience in hiking, marathons and ultra marathons, and medical teams specializing in wilderness medicine.
The 4 Deserts Race Series was founded in Hong Kong in February 2002 by American Mary Gadams. A former investment banker and strategist by day, Gadams was a well-known figure in adventure and endurance sport with finishes in numerous marathons, ultra marathons and wilderness competitions around the world. A list of quick facts on the 4 Desert Race series dives into various facts of the series over the past 14 years.
Event Dates, Locations and Results:
· Sri Lanka: Feb. 14-20, 2016 - 2nd female overall
· Sahara (Namibia): May 1-8, 2016- Female Champion
· Gobi March: June 19-25, 2016 - Female Champion
· Atacama Crossing: Oct. 2-8, 2016- Female Champion
· Antarctica: Nov. 18-24, 2016 - Female Champion
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