About Klep

Athlete. Artist. Beer Lover. Gypsy.

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Most notably, Lauren Kleppin is known for her recent running endeavors as a 2:28 marathoner, 1:10 half marathoner, and a top contender for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team. Her active pursuit and lifestyle on the roads fuels a thirst for finding creative minds and art, good beer, and even better travel. It’s been a long, meandering, tipsy-topsy, oopsie-daisy, yep there’s another detour, let’s drink another beer, sort of journey. She is grateful to all the friends and enemies that continue to believe in her ability, which ultimately pushes her out the damn door and back onto that honest dirt road. Here’s to at least a couple more years… Cheers!

BASICS:

Name: Lauren Marie Kleppin
Birthday: 11/22/1988
Parents: Richard Kleppin, Kathryn Bachmann Mitchell
Siblings: Chase Kleppin
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
High School: South Milwaukee High School, South Milwaukee, WI
Current Residence: Flagstaff, AZ
Coach: Ben Rosario
Team: Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite

Personal Running Bests:

5K: 16:10
10K: 32:49.92 (Div. II NCAA Record)
Half Marathon: 1:10:15
Marathon: 2:28:48

Education:

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO: 2007-2009
Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO: 2009-2012
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Concentration in Painting, Minor in Outdoor Recreation and Education

Facts of Questionable Importance:

Relationship Status: Open Relationship with her Subaru Outback (9 years strong)
Sign: Sagittarius
Spirit Animals: Tiger, Velociraptor
Spirit Humans: Gordon Ramsay, Aaron Rodgers, Eminem, Steve Prefontaine, Frida Kahlo, Lady Gaga, Christopher McCandles
Hobbies: Dreaming about the river, scribbling, writing, painting, wandering, anything beer
Music: Deer Tick, My Morning Jacket, Cold War Kids, Pink Floyd
Biggest Fear: Babies, Running over cattle guards
Biggest Dream: To see the world. And to come back home to a van down by the river.
Favorite Beers: Odell Myrcenery Double IPA, Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black Double IPA, Omission IPA, Pabst Blue Ribbon (If it’s about to get rough)
Favorite Local Beer: Historic Brewing Opposable IPA
Favorite Food: Guacamole, Sushi, Peanut Butter anything
NFL Team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite Past Life: Whitewater Raft Guide
Favorite Future Life: Professional Rock Climber and/or Surfer, Tiger Trainer & Cat Lady
Favorite Quote:

“Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.” -Steve Prefontaine