Running by 10 months old, Gracie was born to move. With diverse interests pulling in many directions, Gracie spent her childhood in Davis, California, pursuing everything from soccer to sewing. Gracie started playing field hockey in 9th grade because she liked the skirts; yet, by the time she finished high school, she had earned All-American status and represented the United States on the Under-18 National Field Hockey team.
Gracie went on to earn a full scholarship to play field hockey at Duke University, and again represented the U.S. – this time on the Under-20 National Field Hockey team. While at Duke, Gracie put her years as a classically trained musician to work, majoring in Music. On the field, she earned NCAA All-American honors and lead the team to its first and second NCAA Championship games in the history of the program.
During her senior year at Duke, Gracie became reacquainted with her unicycle, which she had received as a present and taught herself to ride at the age of 13. The summer after graduating from Duke in 2006, she became the first woman to ride a unicycle across the United States, and had caught the adventure “bug.” After obtaining her M.S. from Ohio University in 2009, she set out to become the first person to unicycle the world’s longest unpaved cycling route, 2,700 miles along the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. Between the two trips, Gracie raised over $20,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in honor of her uncle battling blood cancer.
In 2010, less than a year after finishing the second unicycle journey, Gracie took on a different endurance challenge: her very first triathlon. This triathlon happened to include her first-ever marathon and first-ever “century” (100-miler) on a bike in the form of an Ironman-distance event.
In the process of training for the triathlon, Gracie fell in love with distance running and went on to place 2nd in her second marathon, in Antarctica. She has lived and worked seasonally in Antarctica for several years, and completed multiple 50-mile ultramarathons in 2013 between Antarctic stints.
Gracie is now blessed to live with her incredible husband, Kevin Cole, and Alaskan Malamute, Mack, in Buena Vista, Colorado. There, she continues to run long distances with her dog and packs her schedule with playing roller derby, planning and embarking on expeditions, playing music, and sewing and crocheting custom products.