Melody Fairchild

Coach / Guest Speaker

Melody Fairchild is widely regarded as the greatest high school runner in U.S. history. She twice won Footlocker Nationals, including a course record 16:39 her senior year (a record that has not yet been broken). At Oregon, Melody won a national championship in the indoor 3000. She continues to run professionally, and was just recently a member of the Gold Medal Mountain Running Team, where she had a top-ten individual finish. Melody operates the Fairchild Running Camps in her hometown Boulder, Co. She has a stunning ability to reach into the spiritual side of running with words both powerful and eloquent.

First year at Steens: 2001
Number of years as Tent Assistant: 4
Current Location: Boulder, CO
Occupation: Coach, Running Club and Camp Director, Mother
High School: Boulder HS, CO
College: University of Oregon
Degree: B.A. English

Athletic/Academic Honors: UO, Colorado Sports HOF; Footlocker HOF/course record holder; ’91 Bronze, Wld. XC Champs.; ’97 World Champs T/F 5K (15:30); ’12 Wld. Champs Mtn. Running Team, Gold; 8 X Colo. State Champ; 1st girl to break 10 min. for 2 miles (9:55:00); 5 X National Masters Champion

Career/Professional/Coaching Highlights: Celebrating 10 years of owning and operating a running camp for Middle and high school girls and 5 years of directing Boulder Mtn Warriors, a youth running club; served as judge at the Natl. History Day competition for the local middle school