About the Endurance Sport Center
Our Origin Story
The Endurance Sport Center started with Founder and Owner, Kasey McClurg, in 2006. Kasey worked as a trainer and sports bodywork therapist with recreational athletes and professional athletes alike. She quickly progressed in her skills working in specialized physical therapy settings. Kasey started her work with professional athletes with members of the Houston Rockets, Dallas Stars, and professional triathletes.
Life happens, as do bad marriages and unexpected health issues. In 2014, her body began shutting down. Medical tests showed a severe, systemic autoimmune disease that was beginning to shut down her organs. All stemming from the septic shock she experienced as a child when her appendix perforated. Doctors immediately began traditional medicine interventions, but the attack progressed rapidly and she was not responding to treatment.
Faced with this harsh truth, she wanted to enjoy the simple pleasures she lost touch with over the years while busy pursuing a “successful” life. She bought a $20 used mountain bike to ride down her dirt road, despite only having 52% remaining lung function. That first ride was only a quarter mile, but it felt like much more. Day after day, the rides got a little longer, the hills seemed a little less steep, and she felt a little more like herself.
After a few weeks, doctors noticed a slight improvement in her lab results. They encouraged her to keep up whatever she was doing, so she continued to bike every day. She read everything she could and utilized her existing knowledge of sports and nutrition to develop an autoimmune-friendly nutritional plan. Within six weeks, her lab results were drastically improving and approaching normal. Within three months, doctors took her off all medications and she was maintaining normal lab results.
She was also biking over twenty miles at a time and running up to three miles at a time. Being told she would never be able to run more than a mile again only fueled her. As of today, she has become a competitive cyclist and re-ignited her passion for sport. She is set to ride over 7,510 miles in 2020 to raise money for outdoor charities, has run multiple half-marathons, and frequently rides 60-100 miles at a time. She has been able to regain and maintain her health without prescription medications through positive lifestyle, nutritional, and exercise habits.
“Considering my personal success with the practical application of exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle management, I have a re-discovered my passion for helping others attain their health and fitness goals. I have a career worth of unique qualifications in the health and wellness industry and I have fresh approaches to helping people achieve and sustain an active lifestyle. Above all, I strive to teach balance, a sense of humor, and a life purpose to others. I am able to inspire others because I have a genuine connection to my passion for recreation and nutrition.” –Kasey McClurg
Kasey McClurg, PhD(S) Nutrition, CPT, CNC
Founder and Head Coach
Kasey is the founder and head coach at the Endurance Sport Center! She started working in health and fitness in 2006 where she was a personal trainer, physical therapy assistant, and sports bodywork therapist. Utilizing her health and fitness base, she has worked with public health and safety agencies, nonprofit healthcare organizations, parks and wildlife, and is a first responder.
She is a PhD student at Saybrook University in Functional and Integrative Nutrition and went to the University of Texas for her Bachelor's in Behavioral Economics (2010) before getting a Masters from the University of Denver in Environmental Science (2014).
Kasey also is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, is a Level 3 Cycling Coach for USA Cycling, and has a bunch of random instructor certifications in fishing, hunting, archery, and more. Oh, and did you know she is an ice rescue technician? Cue Ice Ice Baby.
Kasey is passionate and cares about giving back to the community, providing quality information and guidance, and helping others achieve their greatness.
Favorite Movie Quote:
"It's my fancy sauce."
-Brennan Huff, Step Brothers
Disc Golfer Extraordinaire
Regular Guy Disc Golf
Jimmy is a US Army Veteran and has served as an adventure guide and coach across the USA. He is one of the top Disc Golf athletes in the Pikes Peak Region and is the incoming President of the Pikes Peak Flying Disc Club. He is a former EMT and is doing graduate coursework as an Athletic Trainer.
Jimmy has a Bachelor's from Central Michigan in Outdoor Recreation. He has worked across the country as a whitewater raft guide, mountain bike instructor, and most notably, a rock climbing instructor and guide.
He also throws frisbees real good.
Favorite Movie Quote:
"Oh, Big Gulps, huh? Alright! Welp, see ya later!"
-Lloyd Christmas, Dumb and Dumber
Katie Blair, PhD(C)
Author of Lessons from the Water
Katie is our German swimming phenomenon! She is a Psychotherapist, mother of a teenager, and self-proclaimed tiny zookeeper. Not only is is finishing her PhD in Performance Psychology, but she is the author of, Lessons from the Water, an autobiography chronicling her inspirational global journey as a marathon swimmer. All this in addition to preparations for her next marathon swim attempt around St. Lucia in early 2021!
Master of the Mountain Bike
Owner Matt Jones Photo
Matt is a full time photographer in the cycling industry as well as an extremely avid mountain bike racer. He started racing around 12 years old, and 11 years later he is still going strong! Despite all the cancellations in 2020 and constant interruptions to his training plans, her still placed 5th overall at Big Mountain Enduro! Nothing quite compares to the feeling of adrenaline and flow that being on a good race run brings Matt. Training for these fleeting moments has always been a balancing act while working full time, but finding that balance is immensely easier when he can fuel up and recover from workouts and workdays with proper nutrition. This year he was looking to put in a full season of Enduro racing in both the Big Mountain Enduro Series and the Revolution Enduro Series, but like everyone in the times of Coronavirus, he's adapting as best as he can to a constantly changing race schedule and working my training around ever shifting goals and doing the best he can to stay healthy and strong!
Favorite Movie Quote:
"You are who you choose to be"
-Hogarth Hughes, The Iron Giant
Colorado Springs, CO