About

Galen running near his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Galen Hecht

I grew up exploring saltry sweet piñon and ponderosa forests, red eroding canyons, alpine meadows, and peaks in New Mexico. I then moved between the verdant rainforests of British Columbia and rugged Maine Coast where my love of trail running grew. Most at home in the mountains, I’m now back in Santa Fe with my partner Emma venturing through old stomping grounds with a fresh perspective. By dawn, I’m on the trail. By day, I work as an environmental advocate on a campaign to protect the Rio Grande. By dusk, I nerd out, train to be a mountain athlete, study, and write. Animus Endurance is a place to share the passion and drive with fellow athletes.

Trail Running

I started trail running in high school and competed in a few 5k and 10k races. Now I race ultramarathons with some success. My passion is technical trail & mountain running.

Environmental Advocacy

As an activist, my focus is on protecting rivers. With climate change looming, and rampant extraction, we work to keep the Rio Grande, one of the world’s most endangered rivers alive. To learn more, visit wildearthguardians.org/rivers

Ski Mountaineering

My whole life I’ve been obsessed with snow and letting gravity pull me down it. I found my winter joy in ski mountaineering where mountain running and skiing meet.

Food, Books, Friends & Family

When I am not doing the aforementioned activities, I nourish my body and soul with good food, good readings, and good times. We can’t go it alone in this world, and I am so grateful to be part of a vibrant community. It’s fuel & fire.

Animus Mnt Endurance

Coaching – if you are interested in taking your training to the next level. I do custom programming for endurance athletes at affordable rates. Reach out at the email below.