Dion and Lucja Leonard- Brand Ambassadors

We are delighted to have Dion and Lucja Leonard on board as brand ambassadors for Wild West Snacks. Dion and Lucja are ultramarathon runners, both completing some of the most challenging races in the world.

Dion Leonard

Dion Leonard is an Australian/British Ultra Runner who started running in 2013 and has already achieved numerous top 10 finishes in ultra races around the world, in the most extreme conditions. Dion Dion Leonardhas not only competed in but completed some of the world’s toughest ultra running races across the most inhospitable landscapes, including two times at the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” the brutal 250km Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara desert. Dion has also run South Africa’s 250km Kalahari Extreme Desert Race 3 times (winning it in 2017), MDS Peru 250km in the Ica Desert, Hawaii’s infamous HURT 100 and Cambodia 220km. 

In 2016 Dion was running a 250km race across the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog started running with him. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 125km.

The unlikely pair formed an unbreakable bond and Dion made Gobi a promise to bring her home, but their journey would become an emotional rollercoaster ride as Gobi would go missing in a city in Northwestern China. Their unbelievable true story became a worldwide sensation and international bestselling book with a movie now in the works.

Lucja Leonard

Lucja Leonard is a Dutch-Australian ultra runner who has spent the last 15 years living and working in the UK and is now based in Chamonix.  LucjaDSC_0013 has competed in some of the most amazing & challenging events across the world including the infamous Marathon Des Sables (twice), Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (twice – 2nd lady), TransGranCanaria, Transvulcania and Marathon Mont Blanc. She has also ran the length of The Netherlands, 500km in 5 days, in pink (R)underwear to raise £8k for Breast Cancer charity Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Lucja has a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage and Personal Fitness Trainer Level 3. Offering mobile sports massage in and around Chamonix and also available for running coaching & training plans.

You can follow all of Dion and Lucja’s adventures on their social media pages:

Lucja: @Runningdutchie

Dion: @findinggobi

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