RYP Wear Ambassadors

DENISE BARSTADDENIS BARSTAD

About Me
My name is Denise Barstad.  I’m married to James Barstad. I have two sons, Brandt and Jefferson.  I’m a kindergarten teacher, volunteer at races, and a general cheerleader to all my friends and family.
What I like to do
Outdoors I like to travel,  go camping, hiking, walking and biking.  Indoors I like to sew, read and relax.  
Why RYP Wear?
RYP Wear is amazing because of the comfort factor as well as the cute factor.  Not only am I comfortable wearing it, I look cute and it’s functional too!  The pockets are awesome when I don’t need to carry much, they are perfect for my phone, ID and credit cards/money. They are like wearing shorts but way cuter.  I wear them for everything like running errands, walking the dogs, going on hikes, volunteering and so much more! 
Favorite Quote
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. – John Muir
Photo:  Me at Apollo Bay Australia

NICOLE MUINicole Simone

About Me
I have been working for Costco for 24 years. 
What I like to do
In my off time I love being out doors. I enjoy running road and trail. I like to cycle for distance or just a causal ride. My favorite part of helping reach my potential is not all the hard work that is needed to get to the start line injury free—it's volunteering! I give my time to aid stations at various local races. I am also a Sole Sister for Fit for Girls. When I am not doing any of the above I love to cuddle with one or both of my cats. 😻
Why RYP Wear?
RYP wear has changed the way I get to enjoy being outdoors even more. I can just put on my race skirt grab a couple of gels slide them in one of the two side pockets. I love the functional and fashion of the skirt. Everywhere I wear one ladies compliment me and ask me "where did you get that skirt?"
Love Conquers All,
Nicole Mui CPhT

MICHELLE FORSHNERMichelle Forshner

About Me
I am a California native with a passion for the outdoors, exploring new trails, and connecting with friends on the trails and in the kitchen. Born and raised in San Diego County, I relocated to the Bay Area more than a decade ago to pursue a career in digital marketing and the biotech industry. I am active with Trail Sisters, the Bay Area North Peninsula SRTT/MRTT, and I regularly run local Bay Area races. I live in San Francisco with my partner, Nazar, and two parrots: Honey and Badger.
What I like to do
To me running is freedom: an opportunity to connect with nature, build friendships, exercise body and mind, and explore trails old and new. My heart lies in the mountains, and my soul connects to the earth. Trail- and ultrarunning empowers me to conquer challenges on and off the trails, taking on whatever challenges the day brings. It's that fire and energy that enables me to reach my potential in my career, education, as a friend and partner, and as an active member of the ultrarunning community in the Bay Area.
Why RYP Wear?
The inspiration of RYP Wear rings true to me, because the products balance the function and performance of a running skirt with the comfort and appeal of a fun accessory. The fun patterns available in the product line reflect my sunny personality, and in turn brightens my cheerful nature on the trails. I use the pockets for the most critical of items for a short run in Golden Gate Park, and I pair the skirt with tall socks if tackling a tough and muddy trail race on the San Francisco Peninsula. Off the trails, these skirts are a go-to for running errands, walking to the farmer's market, or grabbing brunch with friends.