Contact
ben@mountainpeakfitness.com

Education
Ph.D. in Biology, Tufts University  
B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Hobart Collage
NASM CPT
Professional Background in Stress Physiology
Currently Studies the effects of Chronic Stress on behavior and Physiology in his lab.

Ben Nephew - I started running track and XC in high school, and although I finally made it to the state XC meet my senior year, my PR’s in track were only 4:50 and 10:40.  I made progress throughout my college XC career at Hobart College, getting my 8k PR under 27 minutes, but most importantly I learned how to train smart and make running a long-term endeavor from my coach, Ron Fleury. 

I was fortunate to attend graduate school in the Boston area, and soon joined the Greater Boston Track Club.  With GBTC and the New England road racing scene, I was exposed to another level of competition. My road times improved steadily, running 25:50 for 8k and 1:11 for the half marathon, but I also discovered that I was much more competitive on the trails than on the roads, where I won the Western Mass Athletic Club trail series 9 times between 1999-2009. I was active on both surfaces from 1998-2003, when I started racing ultras after joining the Central Massachusetts Striders

My first road 50k was a 3:14 in 2003, and my first 50 miler was a 6:18 for 4th place at JFK.  My PR’s are now 3:10 and 5:47. I was the USATF National Trail Marathon Champion in 2006, and I’ve won a few other USATF medals at the road and trail 50k championships. I’ve been selected to the US team for the IAU Road 50k Championship twice, and I’m a three time member of the IAU Trail Championship team where I was 6th in 2011. The past four years I’ve been attempting Fastest Known Times, and some of my current FKT’s include the Devil’s Path in the Catskills and the Pemi Loop and Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains. 

My professional background is in stress physiology, and I study the effects of chronic stress on behavior and physiology in my lab. This research focus has benefitted my running, and I’ve also studied training and racing physiology informally for the past 15 years. I’m excited for this years MPF RNR Trail Running Team, and I look forward to helping others establish healthy training plans to maximize both enjoyment and performance.

MPF RNR coach/athlete Ben Nephew takes on the 23 mile Suffern Bear Mountain Trail FKT in Bear Mountain / Harriman State Park, NY.

A truly epic day in Sports at the Breakneck Point Trail Marathon & 25k! Here are a few minutes of MPF RNR Athletes Ben Nephew & Iain Ridgway's race for the win after being side by side during the entire race on one of the toughest marathon courses in the world!

Ben is an 11x winner and holds the course record (2:45:20). Here he is climbing Blackhead Mountain in the Northeastern Catskills of New York during the 2013 race. 

Ben at the 2014 Manitou's Revenge. These are the leaders of the race at about mile 33, making their way up Indian Head Mountain on Devils Path. Video shows just 5 minutes of their 11 hour effort; intense!

Ben's Articles, Race Reports & Adventures

    More from Ben!


    2016

    Lime Kiln Trail Weekend 1/2 Marathon - Rosendale, NY
    Aug 6, 2016 - Overall: 2nd (1:24:18)

    Escarpment Trail Run 30K - Haines Fall, NY
    Jul 31, 2016 - Overall: 2nd (3:01:54)

    Whiteface Sky Races - Wilmington, NY
    Jul 10, 2016 - Overall: 6th (3:05:55)

    Cayuga Trails 50 Miler - Ithaca, NY
    Jun 4, 2016 - Overall: 6th (7:40:28)

    Powisset Farm Trail Run - Spring 8.3 Miler - Dover, MA
    May 30, 2016 - Overall: 1st (50:36)

    Rock the Ridge 50 Miler - New Paltz, NY
    Apr 30, 2016 - Overall: 2nd (6:14:21)

    Breakneck Point Trail Runs 42K - Beacon, NY
    Apr 16, 2016 - Overall: 1st (5:04:00)

    The MT. TAMMANY 10! - 40 Miler - Delaware Water Gap, NJ
    Mar 19, 2016 - Overall: 2nd (7:45:11)

    2015

    Cat's Tail Trail Marathon - Shandaken, NY
    Oct 3, 2015 - Overall: 1st (4:31:35)

    Ellenville Mountain Running Festival - Marathon
    Aug 1, 2015 - Overall: 1st Place (4:32:00)

    Escarpment Trail Run - 30K
    Jul 26, 2015 - Overall: 1s Place (2:57:13)

    Whiteface SkyMarathon - Marathon
    Jun 28, 2015 - Overall: 5th Place (3:51:19)

    Whiteface VK - 2.5 Miler
    Jun 27, 2015 - Overall: 8th Place (44:06)

    Cayuga Trail - 50 Miler
    May 31, 2015 - Overall: 5th Place (7:28:34)

    Rock the Ridge - 50 Miler
    May 2, 2015 - Overall: 1st Place (5:56:16)

    Breakneck Point Trail Runs - 42K
    Apr 18, 2015 - Overall: 1st Place (5:12:22)

    The MT. TAMMANY 10! - 40 Miler
    Mar 21, 2015 - Overall: 1st Place (7:33:00)

    2014

    1st Place - 38th Running of the Escarpment Trail Run

    3rd Place - TARC Blue Hills Skyline Trail Run 12k

    2nd Place - Manitou's Revenge 54 Mile Ultra 

    5th place - Cayuga Trails 50 Mile USATF Championship 

    1st place (course record) Rock the Ridge 50 Mile Ultra 

    2013

    2nd place The Escarpment 18.6 Mile Trail Run

    19th IAU World Trail Championship, member of 4th place US team

    FKT North South Trail in Rhode Island, 80 miles in 12:13

    1st place Rock the Ridge 50m

    2nd place Pineland Farms 50k

    2012

    FKT Presidential Traverse, NH

    FKT Franconia Ridge Loop, NH

    2nd place, Super Spartan NJ

    4th place, Championship Beast Race, Killington VT

    1st place Big Brad 50m course record

    1st place Peak 50m course record

    1st place Traprock 50k

    1st place New England Ultra Championship 6 hour (road), 50 miles

    2nd place GAC 50k

    3rd place North Face Bear Mountain 50m

    2011

    6th place IAU World Trail Championships, Connemara Ireland, 1st US finisher

    11th place IAU World Road 50k Championships, Assen, Netherlands, 1st US finisher

    FKT for Pemigewasset Loop, NH

    FKT for Tully Trail in MA

    1st place Nipmuck trail marathon

    1st place New England Ultra Championship 6 hour (road), 50 miles

    2nd place Pineland Farms 50 mile

    2nd place Traprock 50k

    3rd place North Face Bear Mountain 50m

    3rd place Pisgah 50k

    5th place USATF Road 50k Championships

    2010

    12th place IAU World Road 50k Championships, Galway, Ireland

    FKT for Great Range Traverse in the Adirondacks

    1st place Stone Cat 50m course record 6:24:47

    1st place Fall Fells 40m

    2nd place Pineland Farms 50m

    2nd place Soapstone Mountain 23k

    2nd place Blue Hills Skyline 7.2m

    4th place North Face Bear Mountain 50m

    2009

    16th place IAU World Trail Challenge, Serre Chevalier, France

    1st place New England Ultra Championship 6hr (roads), 51.3m

    1st place North Face 50m Washington, DC

    1st place WMAC Dion Snowshoe Series

    1st place New England Trail Running Grand Tree Series

    1st place Stonecat Trail Marathon, course record 2:54:45

    Co-record holder for fastest known time (FKT) on Pemigewasset Loop, NH

    3rd place USATF 50k Road Championships, Caumsett 50k

    3rd place North Face 50m Bear Mountain

    14th USATF Mountain Running Championships

    2008

    1st place New England Trail Running Grand Tree Series

    1st place Peak Funeral Run 50m

    2007

    1st place HERC Open Speed Hiking Challenge

    2nd place New England Trail Running Grand Tree Series

    9th place USATF Mountain Running Championships

    2006

    USATF Trail Marathon Champion, Dupont Forest Trail Marathon

    1st place team member of USATF Mountain Running Championship team

    2nd place USATF 50k Trail Championship, Headlands 50k

    5th place USATF 50k Road Championships, Caumsett 50k

    2001 - 2005

    2001 - Bronze medal, inaugural U.S. Snowshoe National Championships

    5th place USATF Trail 50k Championships, Headlands 50k

    Fastest road 50k in the U.S., 3:14:00

    2004 - 2nd place USATF Trail Marathon Championships, Dupont Forest Trail Marathon

    2004 - 3rd place USATF 50k Road Championships, Peachtree City 50k 

    2004 - 10th place USATF Trail Nationals, Teva 10k

    2004 - 11th place U.S. Snowshoe National Championships

    2005 - 4th place JFK 50 mile

    Additional Achievements

    • 12 time winner and course record holder at the Escarpment Trail Race.
    • New England Trail Running Grand Tree Series Champion 1999-2004, and 2006, 2008, 2009
    • Current course record holder at numerous New England trail races.
    • PR’s of 3:10 for 50k and 5:47 for 50m.