Steve Hibbs, Founder & Chief Adventurer

Me running WCM 2014Marathon Adventures is owned and operated by Steve Hibbs. Steve is a devoted family man, with two young children. He tries to spend as much time with his wife and kids as possible.  Steve volunteers at his kids’ school, teaching gifted and talented reading and math programs.  Steve also volunteer coaches his kids’ athletic teams, including baseball and soccer.   In addition, Steve and his son earned their blackbelts in Karate and are now Sensei’s at the same school at which they studied.

Steve’s founding of Marathon Adventures took a unique path. Steve studied Psychology as an undergraduate where he was a 4-year varsity letter winner in Cross Country & Track and Field.  He then received his Master’s Degree in Human Resources. He began a career in Human Resources 20 years ago. At about the same time, Steve returned to Law School, where he completed his law degree and became a licensed attorney.

Rather than practice law, however, Steve continued working in Human Resources for a few fortune 500 companies, including a large manufacturer, the world’s leading electronics retailer, the world’s largest medical device company and for Northwest Airlines. It was at Northwest Airlines where his passion for travel truly exploded. Prior to working for NWA, Steve had completed 19 marathons over the previous 9 years. In his first year at NWA, Steve completed 27 marathons in 25 states and 2 different countries.

To date, Steve has completed 208 marathons in all 50 U.S. States, Washington D.C. and on all 7 Continents (three times).  Steve is only the second known person to do so and the youngest to accomplish the feat.   Steve has also completed all 6 of The Abbott World Marathon Majors.   Steve is also the only known person to complete marathons in all 50 U.S. States under 4-hours three separate times.  Of those 208 marathons, only 4 have been over 4 hours — two on The Great Wall of China and two in Antarctica.  All the remainder have been sub-4 hours, with over 70 under 3 hours.  Steve has a personal marathon best of 2:31:44.  Steve has also completed half-marathons on all 7 continents (three times), completing The Triple 7 Quest in 2015 & 2017.

In addition, Steve has extensive race management experience having managed road racing events since 1995.  This coupled with having run so many races has helped Steve to design the most runner friendly courses at each location Marathon Adventures offers.   In addition to the White Continent Marathon & Half-Marathon, Steve conceptualized and implemented the first ever Triple 7 Quest – 7 Marathons, 7 Continents, 7 Days®, with the goal of bringing 35 runners around the globe to run 7 marathons or half-marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.  In 2017, Steve brought another group around the globe and successfully completed the Triple 7 Quest in 7 days, becoming the first group to ever accomplish the feat.  In 2018, Steve will be offering for the first time The Triple 8 Quest – 8 Marathons, 8 Continents, 8 DaysTM.

Steve has traveled the world extensively, in addition to running marathons, having traveled to over 60 countries on all seven continents.  Prior to offering an Adventure, Steve ensures that he or someone on our team has run the race before, so we can provide detailed descriptions and advice from first hand knowledge.   Steve is also a USA Track & Field Level 1 Certified Coach.  He has over 11 years of coaching athletes at the half-marathon and marathon distances.

These traits are what helps set Marathon Adventures apart from the competition — unparalleled focus on customer service, two decades of race management experience, vast traveling and running experience.

Steve is a member of The 50 States Marathon Club, The 50 States & DC Marathon Club, The 50 Sub 4 Club, Marathon Maniacs (Platinum),and The Marathon Globetrotters.  Steve is also the founding member of The Official 7 Continents Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Ultra Club, The Official 8 Continents Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Ultra Club, The Eight Continents Club & The 8 Continents Marathon Club.  Steve is also the founding member of the 5 Oceans Marathon, Half-Marathon & Ultra-Marathon Club — a new organization designed to recognize runners who complete marathons, half-marathons or ultra-marathons on all 5 Oceans.

Learn about our other staff:

Pam Lauroff, Adventure Director

Kurt Decker, Adventure Director/Race Director – WCM & PAM

Rachael Hoagland, Adventure Director

Adam Irvin, Adventure Director/Race Director – WCM, PAM & SCM

Whitney Powell, Adventure Guide

Rob Horton, Adventure Director

DeanPaul Russell, Adventure Guide

Jeremy Varnell, Adventure Guide