AMBASSADORS - ANTON KRUPICKA
Explicit or not, I have always derived my motivation in the outdoors from curiosity and connection. Even before I started running as a daily discipline in February 1995 (I have the training logs to prove it), I dutifully conducted extensive exploration of the ridges and ravines on my family’s 640-acre farm above the Missouri River in northeastern Nebraska—I was continually building huts, blazing woodland paths, and hunting for fossils. My parents encouraged such behavior by modeling a lifestyle that emphasized a pragmatic appreciation for and connection to the natural world, which most auspiciously presented itself in the form of a now almost old-fashioned rural self-reliance. For me, this ethic was first projected beyond our Nebraska homestead during annual summer camping and hiking trips to the American West’s National Parks.