by Carrie Adams and Maurya Scanlon


Nellie Ballengee

In the middle of December 2006, Danelle “Nellie” Ballengee packed up her fanny pack and her car to go for a trail run in Moab, Utah. A seasoned, professional athlete it was to be a routine outing and she looked forward to it. Nellie and her family spent about a third of the year in Moab and she had found her own loops in the wilderness and only a small part of it was on the Amasa Back Trail. Nellie, a a three-time Primal Quest winner and four-time Pikes Peak Marathon champ was used to gnarly, technical running, but what was supposed to be a sub two hour run through the mountain woods with her 3 year-old pup, Taz, turned suddenly into a horrific two day fight for her life.

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