Obstacle Course Racer
Lou grew up in and graduated from Belle Vernon Area HS in 2001 before joining the United States Marine Corps the same year. His military service included serving 4 years of active duty, with 3 of the 4 years spent overseas, including 1 combat deployment to Iraq in 2004-2005.
After being honorably discharged as a Sergeant (E-5) in Sept. 2005, Lou attended Indiana University of PA (IUP) from Jan. 2006 – Dec. 2011 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s in Criminology and a BA in Psychology.
Lou then became a United States Park Ranger with the National Park Service (NPS).
Lou currently works at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona and Utah. His primary duty is being a supervisory law enforcement officer, but his other duties also include serving as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a structure and wildland firefighter, a search and rescue technician (SAR), and a master diver on the NPS dive recovery team….to name a few.
Since he can remember, Lou has always been active in sports and competition in general. He played all the seasonal sports growing up. In college, Lou was captain of the rugby team at IUP. He even took up boxing for a bit in the Marines. One of his greatest interests is running. However, he didn’t really get into competitive running until 2010 when he participated in the first ever Tough Mudder obstacle course race, which was held in PA.
Since then, Lou has competed in over 50 obstacle course races.
Some of his more notable races are the Spartan Death Race (2014) and five (5) World’s Toughest Mudder 24+ hour obstacle course races. Lou also branched out and completed sprint, Olympic, half and full Ironman (Boulder, CO IM) triathlons in 2016. He also ran the Leadville 100 ultra marathon in 2017 but DNF’d at the 50 mile turn-around due to leg complications (his hip and knee gave out coming down the backside of Hope Pass).
Lou loves staying fit and active and thrives on adrenaline and competition.
But what really drives him is the challenge. He sees a challenge and then tackles it, whether it’s a 5k, 100-mile ultra marathon, or anything in between.
Lou LOVES and even prefers obstacle course races, mainly because of the added challenge of completing the obstacles throughout the race course. Obstacle races are way more exciting to Lou than just running a certain distance. The harder the challenge, the more excited he gets. He also loves the ultra-endurance aspect more than anything. Hence why he keeps doing things like the Death Race (66+ hours) and the World’s Toughest Mudder over and over again. Lou really wants to know how far he can push himself and then keep extending those limits.
His future racing goals are to start climbing the ranks in the OCR world and podium at a World’s Toughest Mudder. He also is contemplating competing in more of the ultra-trail running world and wants to complete the Leadville 100, Western States 100, and the Badwater Ultra.
Lou married, as he proudly claims, ‘his amazing and beautiful wife’ Angela. Angela and Lou are also planning to start adding to the family as well!