Dan Berlin grew up in the chocolate town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, and now co-owns Rodelle, one of the world's leading vanilla extract companies in Colorado where he lives with his wife and two children. Over the course of twenty years, Dan gradually lost his eyesight from cone-rod dystrophy. He struggled with the limitations of his new reality, but instead of simply feeling sorry for himself, he came up with a new way to approach the rest of his life. He decided, despite his blindness, to become a marathoner. Dan has since run twelve marathons, including NYC and Boston, completed several Half Ironman triathlons, was the first blind athlete to run across the Grand Canyon and back, and recently completed his greatest challenge to date: running the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in one day.
Brad Graff is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Vanderbilt University and former Naval Officer. He recently ended a 17-year career at Intel Corporation and is looking for new challenges. A runner who has completed 20 marathons and half marathons, he recently added ultra marathons to the competitive mix. He had never taken on quite the type of challenge he faced in the Grand Canyon, nor had he been responsible for another person’s safety to this extent. He’s on the west coast, far from the team, which means he prepared on his own.
Alison Qualter Berna is a proud mother of three young children. With her husband Bobby and partners Allison and Craig Schlanger, she co-founded apple seeds, an all-in-one children's play space based in New York City, and they just launched their national franchise. After graduating from Boston College, she worked in production at NBC News and then received a Masters Degree from Princeton University. She started and managed a global program in Sports for Development at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for 5 years (2001-2006). She was a competitive high school athlete and still elicits “wows” from people who see her handstands and yoga practice. She struggles, like all working moms, to balance career and life…let alone find the amount of time needed to train. Alison was intimidated by the idea of guiding a blind athlete for the first time in the Grand Canyon, in her longest running distance, and on such complicated terrain. For some of the lessons she learned, see http://mamalode.com/story/detail/five-lessons-i-learned-guiding-the-first-blind-runner-across-the-grand-cany
For more on Alison’s background, franchise business and happenings, see www.appleseedsplay.com
Charles Scott left a 14-year career at Intel Corporation to found the Family Adventure Guy. A National Geographic-featured adventurer and author of the book Rising Son: A Father and Son’s Bike Adventure Across Japan, he takes his two young children on endurance challenges around the world linked to charitable causes. He and his children have cycled over 7,000 miles, including the length of Japan, the circumference of Iceland, across Western Europe and over the Rocky Mountains while following the Lewis & Clark Trail in the U.S. He ran his first marathon at age 13, has completed six Ironman triathlons, and guided Dan in four marathons and a Half Ironman. For more details on Charles’s background, see: http://familyadventureguy.blogspot.com.