Sam began running in cross country his senior year in high school. He now runs on all terrains: road, track, and trails. He has covered distances ranging from 1 mile to 50k.
Starting in 2007 Sam started coaching and has coached over 300 runners to reach their goals ranging from completing the distance to personal records to qualifying for the Boston Marathon in events from 10k to marathon.
From 2008-2014 Sam was a member of the USA Track & Field Minnesota Board of Directors as Secretary and Mountain/Ultra/Trail Committee Chair along with Chair of the Twin Cities Marathon Expo sub committee.
At the National level of USA Track & Field, Sam was the chair of the Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council’s Rules Committee. As Chair Sam sought to have Mountain/Ultra/Trail specific rules in the Rule Manual. These rules would be standards for all USATF championships and sanctioned events.
In 2012 Sam started his own race event management company, Mountain Goat Running, which produces three trail races/series: Stigma Breakers Trail Races, Mendota Bottoms Trail Run and Autumn Trail Series.
In 2012 Sam purchased a Time Machine and started timing the races he directed. Shortly after Josh asked him to time events with him starting out with road races and now times road races, cross country races and track meets.
In 2014 Sam became an Authorized Athlete Representative (agent) through the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and USA Track & Field (USATF).
From 2014-2016 Sam was a member of the Twin Cities in Motion (TCIM) Association as a member of the Communications and Public Relations committee assisting with pre race and post race interviews, and social media coverage of TCIM events. Starting in 2014 he became a member of the Red White & Boom Organization committee. His role has been co-start/finish line director and is now the 5k start line director.
In 2014 Sam took over the race directing duties for the MDRA 7 Mile and joined the MDRA Race Committee. In 2015 Sam served as a member MDRA Board of Directors. In the beginning of 2016 Sam and Mountain Goat Running were hired for the position of MDRA Race Director which added the Mississippi 10 Mile, MDRA 15k, Victory Labor Day Races including the Steve Williams 5k and Jeff Winter City of Lakes Half Marathon.