OUR TEAM IS ON A MISSION TO CREATE A 4,300 KM RELAY RUN THROUGH NORTH AMERICA AND PROTECT THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY ALONG THE WAY...
Carlotta James, Project Director & Co-Founder The dream of runners and monarch butterflies on a journey together from the north to the south came to Carlotta while running along forest trails in Peterborough, Ontario. Since then, Carlotta has been working tirelessly with the Monarch Ultra team to create an epic ultra-run as a way to take action towards biodiversity conservation. She is passionate about running, exploring wild spaces around the world, and connecting with the natural world. Carlotta lives in Peterborough with her family, who also love being in nature. Carlotta is a pollinator advocate and co-founder of the Peterborough PollinatorsandThree Sisters Natural Landscapes.
Rodney Fuentes, Director & Cinematographer Rodney is a documentary filmmaker with a passion for nature and outdoor adventures. Before moving to Canada, Rodney spent half his life exploring the neotropical rainforest and guiding birdwatching tours in his native country, Venezuela. Rodney is also a runner and an outdoor explorer with vast experiences in the tourism industry. Rodney has worked and volunteered for several NGOs including the Venezuelan Audubon Society, Phelps Ornithological Museum, Birds Studies Canada, and the Peterborough Field Naturalist Club. Rodney lives in Peterborough, Ontario.
Clay Williams, Run Director & Mapping Expert Clay is an avid runner from Elmira, Ontario. After running a handful of ultra-marathons, Clay created and ran the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health, a 785 km run from Georgian Bay to Ottawa along two of Canada's longest canals, and eventually turned it into a relay run attracting almost 60 runners from across Ontario. As the "go-to" guy in his running community for putting together running routes and ensuring maps are accurate, Clay's experience made him a natural fit for putting together the route and coordinating the runners for the Monarch Ultra.
Galen Brown, Producer Galen's first documentary film ever was funded purely through Kickstarter and won him a best first-time director award from the Yosemite Film Festival. Since then he has produced and directed several short and feature-length documentaries and is excited to bring The Monarch Ultra to the forefront of running culture. Galen founded 3004 Studios in 2012 focused on producing impact content for clients as well as in-house team collaborations. 3004 Studios will make sure that this epic story is captured at the highest standards and quality, suitable for any broadcaster or distributor.