Tia Bodington grew up in Marin County, California, taking her first steps on the trails of Mt. Tamalpais. She earned a language degree at UC Berkeley and worked as a translator for a few years, then managed the print production department at a pharmaceuticals ad agency in San Francisco.
Bodington became a full-time mother and community volunteer in 1988. Amongst many volunteer commitments, she tutored reading in East Oakland, and did a weekly news radio broadcast for five years at Broadcast Services for the Blind in San Francisco.
She ran her first ultra (the Miwok 100K) in May, 2000; moved to Denver, Colorado in 2001; ran the Badwater 135 in 2002; earned a Teaching English as a Second Language credential (Cambridge University) in 2003; and became Race Director of the Miwok 100K in 2004. In 2007, Tia took over as Managing Editor of UltraRunning magazine, completing a seven-year stint there before leaving to get a Masters degree in Business (MBA) at Southern Oregon University. She has served on the Western States 100 Board of Trustees since 2012.
Tia moved to Southern Oregon once both of her amazing daughters were off to college. She finished the Marathon des Sables in 2010, raced Ironman Canada in 2012, and ran the grueling TransAlpine Run through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy in 2013. Tia completed her advanced scuba certification in 2015, and finished the UTMB’s CCC100K in 2016.
You can contact Tia at: Miwok100K@gmail.com