About Us

The Nix team is dedicated to taking the guessing out of hydration. We are athletes, engineers, creative thinkers, and scientists driven to develop new technology to optimize human performance. To view current job openings, visit our AngelList profile.

Nix is a consumer diagnostic company taking a materials science approach to develop single-use biosensing wearable technologies. Nix is leveraging its platform toward a pipeline of proprietary and partnered programs beginning with hydration for athletes and extending to other consumer use cases in areas such as beauty, sports, nutrition, and infant care. Our initial product is a hydration biosensor that informs athletes, soldiers, and laborers when to drink, what to drink, and how much to drink, based on sweat biomarkers – providing actionable information in real-time.

Team

Chief Executive Officer Meridith Unger

Before founding Nix, Meridith helped launch six life science startups with several venture capital and venture creation firms. Meridith received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College where she received the Anna Pell Wheeler Prize for Mathematics, and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is a Kauffman Fellow as well as a Harvard Business School Blavatnik Fellow.  Meridith is a college basketball player-turned-runner and has run 9 marathons, including all 6 World Majors.

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Chief Technology Officer Ken Ritsher

Ken has spent his 25+ year career developing and delivering technical innovations to market. After grad school, Ken spent almost a decade as a senior lead engineer and program manager at the world-class design firm IDEO. There, he developed skills in design thinking and cross-disciplinary team leadership that were later honed at Eli Lilly and Company (where he led the systems integration of a complex electro-mechanical injection device) and Cooper Perkins (an elite technology development and product engineering firm, where he oversaw all medical device development programs).  Ken holds a BS in Product Design Engineering, an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and an MBA, all from Stanford University. He has been granted 19 patents. In his free time, Ken enjoys hiking/backpacking, cooking, traveling, running, and flying.

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Clinical Study Coordinator Dillon O’Brien

Since the age of 2, it has been hard to pull Dillon off of the icy ski slopes of New England. He started ski racing when he was 5, and closed out an 18 year racing career after captaining the ski team at the University of Connecticut. While at UConn, Dillon discovered his passion for sports data analytics as a researcher for the Korey Stringer Institute, where he studied the effect that heart rate and other factors have on athlete injuries. Since graduating with a B.S. in Management Information Systems, he has held roles as a data scientist, software engineer and systems analyst. In his free time, Dillon can be found on the slopes, playing beer league soccer or on his family’s boat at Lake George.

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Senior Data Scientist Brad Wright

A former triathlete and Ironman finisher, Brad now regularly competes in road races. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Digital Signal Processing. While working for Partners Healthcare for the past 5+ years, Brad trained deep neural networks in very diverse applications such as detecting cervical spine fractures in medical images and detecting missile threats in radar returns. Brad is an avid board gamer, hiker and snowboarder.

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Data Engineer Akash Dubey

Akash has always been passionate in the field of data engineering, business intelligence & data science. These interests led him to pursue a Master of Science in Information Systems at Northeastern University, where he was featured in the news for winning the COVID 19 Hackathon by building a dashboard tool to aid in the COVID unemployment crisis. Previously, Akash obtained his BS in Electronics & Telecommunication, was a New York Scholarship candidate and worked as a BI Analyst & Data Engineer at Accenture. In his free time, Akash contributes to business intelligence & data engineering through his medium blogs.

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Chief Executive Officer Meridith Unger

Before founding Nix, Meridith helped launch six life science startups with several venture capital and venture creation firms. Meridith received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College where she received the Anna Pell Wheeler Prize for Mathematics, and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is a Kauffman Fellow as well as a Harvard Business School Blavatnik Fellow.  Meridith is a college basketball player-turned-runner and has run 9 marathons, including all 6 World Majors.

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Chief Technology Officer Ken Ritsher

Ken has spent his 25+ year career developing and delivering technical innovations to market. After grad school, Ken spent almost a decade as a senior lead engineer and program manager at the world-class design firm IDEO. There, he developed skills in design thinking and cross-disciplinary team leadership that were later honed at Eli Lilly and Company (where he led the systems integration of a complex electro-mechanical injection device) and Cooper Perkins (an elite technology development and product engineering firm, where he oversaw all medical device development programs).  Ken holds a BS in Product Design Engineering, an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and an MBA, all from Stanford University. He has been granted 19 patents. In his free time, Ken enjoys hiking/backpacking, cooking, traveling, running, and flying.

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Clinical Study Coordinator Dillon O’Brien

Since the age of 2, it has been hard to pull Dillon off of the icy ski slopes of New England. He started ski racing when he was 5, and closed out an 18 year racing career after captaining the ski team at the University of Connecticut. While at UConn, Dillon discovered his passion for sports data analytics as a researcher for the Korey Stringer Institute, where he studied the effect that heart rate and other factors have on athlete injuries. Since graduating with a B.S. in Management Information Systems, he has held roles as a data scientist, software engineer and systems analyst. In his free time, Dillon can be found on the slopes, playing beer league soccer or on his family’s boat at Lake George.

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Senior Data Scientist Brad Wright

A former triathlete and Ironman finisher, Brad now regularly competes in road races. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Digital Signal Processing. While working for Partners Healthcare for the past 5+ years, Brad trained deep neural networks in very diverse applications such as detecting cervical spine fractures in medical images and detecting missile threats in radar returns. Brad is an avid board gamer, hiker and snowboarder.

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Data Engineer Akash Dubey

Akash has always been passionate in the field of data engineering, business intelligence & data science. These interests led him to pursue a Master of Science in Information Systems at Northeastern University, where he was featured in the news for winning the COVID 19 Hackathon by building a dashboard tool to aid in the COVID unemployment crisis. Previously, Akash obtained his BS in Electronics & Telecommunication, was a New York Scholarship candidate and worked as a BI Analyst & Data Engineer at Accenture. In his free time, Akash contributes to business intelligence & data engineering through his medium blogs.

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Chief Executive Officer Meridith Unger

Before founding Nix, Meridith helped launch six life science startups with several venture capital and venture creation firms. Meridith received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College where she received the Anna Pell Wheeler Prize for Mathematics, and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is a Kauffman Fellow as well as a Harvard Business School Blavatnik Fellow.  Meridith is a college basketball player-turned-runner and has run 9 marathons, including all 6 World Majors.

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Chief Technology Officer Ken Ritsher

Ken has spent his 25+ year career developing and delivering technical innovations to market. After grad school, Ken spent almost a decade as a senior lead engineer and program manager at the world-class design firm IDEO. There, he developed skills in design thinking and cross-disciplinary team leadership that were later honed at Eli Lilly and Company (where he led the systems integration of a complex electro-mechanical injection device) and Cooper Perkins (an elite technology development and product engineering firm, where he oversaw all medical device development programs).  Ken holds a BS in Product Design Engineering, an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and an MBA, all from Stanford University. He has been granted 19 patents. In his free time, Ken enjoys hiking/backpacking, cooking, traveling, running, and flying.

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Clinical Study Coordinator Dillon O’Brien

Since the age of 2, it has been hard to pull Dillon off of the icy ski slopes of New England. He started ski racing when he was 5, and closed out an 18 year racing career after captaining the ski team at the University of Connecticut. While at UConn, Dillon discovered his passion for sports data analytics as a researcher for the Korey Stringer Institute, where he studied the effect that heart rate and other factors have on athlete injuries. Since graduating with a B.S. in Management Information Systems, he has held roles as a data scientist, software engineer and systems analyst. In his free time, Dillon can be found on the slopes, playing beer league soccer or on his family’s boat at Lake George.

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Senior Data Scientist Brad Wright

A former triathlete and Ironman finisher, Brad now regularly competes in road races. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Digital Signal Processing. While working for Partners Healthcare for the past 5+ years, Brad trained deep neural networks in very diverse applications such as detecting cervical spine fractures in medical images and detecting missile threats in radar returns. Brad is an avid board gamer, hiker and snowboarder.

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Data Engineer Akash Dubey

Akash has always been passionate in the field of data engineering, business intelligence & data science. These interests led him to pursue a Master of Science in Information Systems at Northeastern University, where he was featured in the news for winning the COVID 19 Hackathon by building a dashboard tool to aid in the COVID unemployment crisis. Previously, Akash obtained his BS in Electronics & Telecommunication, was a New York Scholarship candidate and worked as a BI Analyst & Data Engineer at Accenture. In his free time, Akash contributes to business intelligence & data engineering through his medium blogs.

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Business Advisors

Founder, Gatorade Sports Science Institute Bob Murray, PhD

Co-founded the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) in 1985 and served as Director for 23 years. Led GSSI to become a leader in enabling athletes to optimize performance and safeguard health through research and education in hydration and sports nutrition science.

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CEO, Korey Stringer Institute, UConn Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC

Professor, Kinesiology, UConn. Director, Athletic Training Education, UConn and world renowned expert in dehydration and heat illnesses.

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Global Director of Brand Strategy, New Balance Ian Fitzpatrick

Industry leader helping organizations plan, design, build and grow experiences that live at the intersection of the physical and the digital.

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Consumer Marketing Practice Lead, Harvard Innovation Lab Peter Gladstone

Consumer packaged goods marketer with over 20+ years of experience. He specializes in consumer insights and innovation and has held senior innovation roles for Gillette, P&G and The Boston Beer Company.

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Managing Director, Stadia Ventures & avid endurance athlete Brandon Janosky

Brandon has led investments in nearly 50 sports tech companies in his role as Managing Director at Stadia Ventures. As an endurance athlete, Brandon has completed Ironman Louisville, a dozen marathons and ultramarathons, and even holds the Dog Mile record (4:35) at the Macklind Mile in St. Louis with his Vizsla, Dash.

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VP of Product Innovation, GU Energy Labs Magdalena Boulet

In addition to being VP of Product Innovation at GU, Magdalena was a 2008 US Olympic Marathoner and winner of the 2015 Western States 100 ultramarathon, an accomplishment that got her named North American Ultra Runner of the Year. Magdalena also holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Biodynamics from U.C. Berkley and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Cal State Hayward, making her a true triple threat for Nix.

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Race Director, Boston Marathon for over 30 years Dave McGillivray

Owner and President, Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DSME). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015.

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Founder, Gatorade Sports Science Institute Bob Murray, PhD

Co-founded the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) in 1985 and served as Director for 23 years. Led GSSI to become a leader in enabling athletes to optimize performance and safeguard health through research and education in hydration and sports nutrition science.

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CEO, Korey Stringer Institute, UConn Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC

Professor, Kinesiology, UConn. Director, Athletic Training Education, UConn and world renowned expert in dehydration and heat illnesses.

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Global Director of Brand Strategy, New Balance Ian Fitzpatrick

Industry leader helping organizations plan, design, build and grow experiences that live at the intersection of the physical and the digital.

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Consumer Marketing Practice Lead, Harvard Innovation Lab Peter Gladstone

Consumer packaged goods marketer with over 20+ years of experience. He specializes in consumer insights and innovation and has held senior innovation roles for Gillette, P&G and The Boston Beer Company.

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Managing Director, Stadia Ventures & avid endurance athlete Brandon Janosky

Brandon has led investments in nearly 50 sports tech companies in his role as Managing Director at Stadia Ventures. As an endurance athlete, Brandon has completed Ironman Louisville, a dozen marathons and ultramarathons, and even holds the Dog Mile record (4:35) at the Macklind Mile in St. Louis with his Vizsla, Dash.

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VP of Product Innovation, GU Energy Labs Magdalena Boulet

In addition to being VP of Product Innovation at GU, Magdalena was a 2008 US Olympic Marathoner and winner of the 2015 Western States 100 ultramarathon, an accomplishment that got her named North American Ultra Runner of the Year. Magdalena also holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Biodynamics from U.C. Berkley and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Cal State Hayward, making her a true triple threat for Nix.

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Race Director, Boston Marathon for over 30 years Dave McGillivray

Owner and President, Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DSME). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015.

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Founder, Gatorade Sports Science Institute Bob Murray, PhD

Co-founded the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) in 1985 and served as Director for 23 years. Led GSSI to become a leader in enabling athletes to optimize performance and safeguard health through research and education in hydration and sports nutrition science.

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CEO, Korey Stringer Institute, UConn Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC

Professor, Kinesiology, UConn. Director, Athletic Training Education, UConn and world renowned expert in dehydration and heat illnesses.

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Global Director of Brand Strategy, New Balance Ian Fitzpatrick

Industry leader helping organizations plan, design, build and grow experiences that live at the intersection of the physical and the digital.

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Consumer Marketing Practice Lead, Harvard Innovation Lab Peter Gladstone

Consumer packaged goods marketer with over 20+ years of experience. He specializes in consumer insights and innovation and has held senior innovation roles for Gillette, P&G and The Boston Beer Company.

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Managing Director, Stadia Ventures & avid endurance athlete Brandon Janosky

Brandon has led investments in nearly 50 sports tech companies in his role as Managing Director at Stadia Ventures. As an endurance athlete, Brandon has completed Ironman Louisville, a dozen marathons and ultramarathons, and even holds the Dog Mile record (4:35) at the Macklind Mile in St. Louis with his Vizsla, Dash.

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VP of Product Innovation, GU Energy Labs Magdalena Boulet

In addition to being VP of Product Innovation at GU, Magdalena was a 2008 US Olympic Marathoner and winner of the 2015 Western States 100 ultramarathon, an accomplishment that got her named North American Ultra Runner of the Year. Magdalena also holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Biodynamics from U.C. Berkley and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Cal State Hayward, making her a true triple threat for Nix.

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Race Director, Boston Marathon for over 30 years Dave McGillivray

Owner and President, Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DSME). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015.

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Sports Advisors

Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and NFL Hall of Famer Orlando Pace

13-years in the NFL (St. Louis Rams), 5-time All-Pro and 7-time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion, and 2016 Football Hall of Fame inductee.

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BROADCAST ANALYST, NBC SPORTS Blaine Scully

Blaine is a recently retired professional and international rugby player. Scully captained the United States Rugby team from 2016-2019. In a decade-long career representing the USA, Scully played in 54 test matches, three Rugby World Cups (2011, 2015, 2019), seven tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games 2011. He began his overseas professional career in 2013, signing with the Leicester Tigers of the English Premiership. In 2015, he transitioned to the Cardiff Blues where he won the 2018 European Challenge Cup before leaving at the end of the 2019 season. Scully is the Co-Founder and former Chairman of the US Rugby Players Association and a member of the International Rugby Players Global Council. He is a broadcast analyst with NBC Sports and advisor to sport technology companies.

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4x Olympian, Silver Medalist and Coach Shalane Flanagan

Olympic Silver Medalist (Beijing 2008). Eighteen-time US National Champion. Three-time World Major Marathon medalist (New York 2010, Berlin 2014, New York 2017). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015

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5x Olympian and 17x medalist with 24 World Major Marathon wins Tatyana McFadden

Russian-American Paralympian who has won 17 medals, including 7 golds. In 2013 Tatyana became the first athlete — wheelchair or otherwise — to win four major marathons in the same year, a grand slam. She repeated that feat 3 more times, in consecutive years, from 2013-2016. In 2016, Tatyana received an ESPN ESPY for “Best Female Athlete of the Year with a Disability”, and in 2017 was selected to Forbes’ list for 30 under 30 in sports.

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Renowned Ultramarathoner and Bestselling Author Dean Karnazes

As an Ultramarathoner, Dean has won multiple major endurance events including the Badwater Ultramarathon (x2) and the Vermont Trail 100 Miler, and is also known for running 350 miles (560 km) in 80 hours and 44 minutes without sleep in 2005. Dean is a New York Times bestselling author for his book Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner and has been honored with multiple awards including the ESPN ESPY Award winner for “Best Outdoor Athlete” in 2007 and being a member of Outside magazine’s “Ultimate Top 10 Outdoor Athletes” in 2004.

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Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and NFL Hall of Famer Orlando Pace

13-years in the NFL (St. Louis Rams), 5-time All-Pro and 7-time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion, and 2016 Football Hall of Fame inductee.

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BROADCAST ANALYST, NBC SPORTS Blaine Scully

Blaine is a recently retired professional and international rugby player. Scully captained the United States Rugby team from 2016-2019. In a decade-long career representing the USA, Scully played in 54 test matches, three Rugby World Cups (2011, 2015, 2019), seven tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games 2011. He began his overseas professional career in 2013, signing with the Leicester Tigers of the English Premiership. In 2015, he transitioned to the Cardiff Blues where he won the 2018 European Challenge Cup before leaving at the end of the 2019 season. Scully is the Co-Founder and former Chairman of the US Rugby Players Association and a member of the International Rugby Players Global Council. He is a broadcast analyst with NBC Sports and advisor to sport technology companies.

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4x Olympian, Silver Medalist and Coach Shalane Flanagan

Olympic Silver Medalist (Beijing 2008). Eighteen-time US National Champion. Three-time World Major Marathon medalist (New York 2010, Berlin 2014, New York 2017). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015

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5x Olympian and 17x medalist with 24 World Major Marathon wins Tatyana McFadden

Russian-American Paralympian who has won 17 medals, including 7 golds. In 2013 Tatyana became the first athlete — wheelchair or otherwise — to win four major marathons in the same year, a grand slam. She repeated that feat 3 more times, in consecutive years, from 2013-2016. In 2016, Tatyana received an ESPN ESPY for “Best Female Athlete of the Year with a Disability”, and in 2017 was selected to Forbes’ list for 30 under 30 in sports.

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Renowned Ultramarathoner and Bestselling Author Dean Karnazes

As an Ultramarathoner, Dean has won multiple major endurance events including the Badwater Ultramarathon (x2) and the Vermont Trail 100 Miler, and is also known for running 350 miles (560 km) in 80 hours and 44 minutes without sleep in 2005. Dean is a New York Times bestselling author for his book Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner and has been honored with multiple awards including the ESPN ESPY Award winner for “Best Outdoor Athlete” in 2007 and being a member of Outside magazine’s “Ultimate Top 10 Outdoor Athletes” in 2004.

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Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and NFL Hall of Famer Orlando Pace

13-years in the NFL (St. Louis Rams), 5-time All-Pro and 7-time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion, and 2016 Football Hall of Fame inductee.

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BROADCAST ANALYST, NBC SPORTS Blaine Scully

Blaine is a recently retired professional and international rugby player. Scully captained the United States Rugby team from 2016-2019. In a decade-long career representing the USA, Scully played in 54 test matches, three Rugby World Cups (2011, 2015, 2019), seven tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games 2011. He began his overseas professional career in 2013, signing with the Leicester Tigers of the English Premiership. In 2015, he transitioned to the Cardiff Blues where he won the 2018 European Challenge Cup before leaving at the end of the 2019 season. Scully is the Co-Founder and former Chairman of the US Rugby Players Association and a member of the International Rugby Players Global Council. He is a broadcast analyst with NBC Sports and advisor to sport technology companies.

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4x Olympian, Silver Medalist and Coach Shalane Flanagan

Olympic Silver Medalist (Beijing 2008). Eighteen-time US National Champion. Three-time World Major Marathon medalist (New York 2010, Berlin 2014, New York 2017). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015

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5x Olympian and 17x medalist with 24 World Major Marathon wins Tatyana McFadden

Russian-American Paralympian who has won 17 medals, including 7 golds. In 2013 Tatyana became the first athlete — wheelchair or otherwise — to win four major marathons in the same year, a grand slam. She repeated that feat 3 more times, in consecutive years, from 2013-2016. In 2016, Tatyana received an ESPN ESPY for “Best Female Athlete of the Year with a Disability”, and in 2017 was selected to Forbes’ list for 30 under 30 in sports.

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Renowned Ultramarathoner and Bestselling Author Dean Karnazes

As an Ultramarathoner, Dean has won multiple major endurance events including the Badwater Ultramarathon (x2) and the Vermont Trail 100 Miler, and is also known for running 350 miles (560 km) in 80 hours and 44 minutes without sleep in 2005. Dean is a New York Times bestselling author for his book Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner and has been honored with multiple awards including the ESPN ESPY Award winner for “Best Outdoor Athlete” in 2007 and being a member of Outside magazine’s “Ultimate Top 10 Outdoor Athletes” in 2004.

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