Derek was born and raised in Monroe, LA. Growing up he played nearly every sport including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and track & field. After HS, he floundered in college for two years spending more hours at the bars than in class. So he enlisted in the Marine Corps in May of 2003 and shipped off to Parris Island, SC to stand on the yellow footprints. He was stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, NC for his first enlistment and then was transferred to independent duty aboard Naval Air Station Belle Chasse, LA. He separated from the Marine Corps in late 2010 to finish his bachelor’s degree and after a semester of college, realized he missed the Corps so he joined a VMR squadron in New Orleans, intending to drill once a month while attending college. After finishing his degree he volunteered for a mobilization to Afghanistan. He has been mobilized and deployed every year for the last six years!Derek started ultrarunning in 2010 and since then has run 65 ultras including Badwater 135, Leadville Trail 100, Bear 100, Vermont 100, Bighorn 100, Cruel Jewel 100, Arkansas Traveller 100, and the Madeira Island Ultra Trail, to name a few. This year he is embarking on the Grand Slam, beginning with Western States next weekend!Derek graduated from Tulane University and is currently finishing his Master’s Degree there. He has also been fortunate to travel all over the world the last few years and recently married his high school sweetheart. Derek has some serious ultrarunning experience under his belt and this group is better with him in it.