Victory Sportdesign Introduces Elite Ultrarunning Team


Victory Sportdesign™, creators of the popular multifunctional and ultra-organized sports utility bags for athletes, today announced its 2015-16 roster for its first sponsored ultrarunning team. With the fall race season well underway, the athlete line-up is set to include renowned ultrarunners Sally McRae, Bob Shebest. Jorge Maravilla, Kelsie Clausen, Alex Varner, Caroline Boller, Ryan Ghelfi, Ken Neely, Ethan Veneklasen and Ken Michal.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Victory Bags since they launched back in 2011 so I’m extremely pumped to join their team,” said Southern California-based Sally McRae, 7th place female finisher at this year’s Western States 100 miler. “Both my crew and I love the simplicity and ease of use and I can’t tell you how much time I’ve saved at aid stations while racing. I’m looking forward to working with Victor and the rest of the team to represent the brand.”

The roster of national and international racers includes Marin, California locals Jorge Maravilla - placed 2nd at the 2015 Tarawera Ultramarathon - and Alex Varner who set a course record and took 1st at this year’s Lake Sonoma 50. Elite trail runner Ryan Ghelfi from Ashland, Oregon joins the team having taken 1st place at this year’s 2015 Black Canyon 100k and San Francisco-based Ken Michal comes aboard having taken 4th place at this year’s Pigtails 200 Mile Challenge.

Joining Sally McRae on the female side, 2015 Montrail Ultra Cup champion and Solvang, California resident, Caroline Boller placed 8th at this year’s Western States 100 mile endurance run while the youngest member of the team, San Luis Obispo local Kelsie Clausen, placed 5th in the female division at the 2015 Bandera 100K.

Inspired by one of the Bay Area’s top ultrarunners while participating in the 2009 Western States 100 mile endurance run, San-Rafael-based artist and musician, Victor Ballesteros, originally designed Victory Bags to organize and protect drop gear during ultra and marathon racing. Fast forward six years and the line of compact and durable sports utility bags for running and travel has evolved into multifunctional organizers utilized for everything from emergency preparedness and medical kits to on-the-go dog bags, car trunk organizers, personal travel bags and baby bags.

“I’m really pleased to announce the launch of our elite ultrarunning team to help promote our brand and improve engagement with our consumers,” said Ballesteros. “Our team consists of a diverse and talented group of athletes from across the west coast who excel in every type of race - everything from the marathon to the 200 mile distance - so I’m excited to build upon their knowledge and continue to streamline the drop bag experience during endurance events.”

For more information about Victory Sportdesign’s VICTORY BAGS and other products please visit or contact Chris Douglas at chris@presidiosportsmgmt.comYou can learn more about the ELITE team athletes here:


Inspired by the experience of running the Western States 100 mile endurance race and designed by runner Victor Ballesteros, VICTORY BAGS are the evolution of a durable, compact and ultra-organized sport utility bag. Victory Sportdesign is dedicated to creating useful and durable products for a community of outdoor enthusiasts looking to enhance the experience of whatever sporting and non-sporting events they participate in. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Marin, California.


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