James Bonnett : Camp Director
James ran his first trail race at 9 years old – the Mt. Ord Marathon (4,000’ of gain in the first 7.5 miles). At the age of 10 he ran 53 miles at the Across the Years 24 Hour race in PHX. At the age of 11 he ran the Crown King Scramble 50K in 5:09 finishing 19th overall (that would have placed him in the top ten at this year’s event!). He’s gone on to run Western States 100 Mile (12th place), JFK 50 Mile (9th place), Leona Divide 50 Mile (winner), Zane Grey 50 Mile (winner), Born to Run 100 Mile (winning in a course record time of 15:58) and the list goes on.
James has been coaching athletes (high school to 100 milers) for 5 years. He also coached cross-country for two years at PHX’s Central High School and currently coaches at North Phoenix Prep for the past 3 years.
1 mile 4:40 (track)
2 mile 9:50 (track)
5k 15:16 (track)
Marathon 2:51 (road)
50k 3:35 (trail)
50 mile 6:22 (trail)
100 mile 15:58 (trail)
Ran 7 years as a Pro
Began running as a sophomore at Paradise Valley High School and was seventh runner on JV. He ran off and on until his late 20’s when a fellow teacher challenged him to run a 5K. By the next year he was running the Duke City Marathon in 2:59:58.
By 1992 he had begun running trail races and in 1995 he won the Man against Horse race in Prescott including being the first person to finish in front of the horses. Went on to run the Western States 100 the next year and has completed that race 4 times. Over the years Ultrasignup says he have done over 100 ultra events and Athlinks says 322 total races with 5,148 miles in those races.
2002 Paul took over the Cross Country and track team at Central High school where he still coaches today. The boy’s team successfully went to state ten years in a row.
Paul has been privileged and proud to Coach State First Team runners like Sharles Simon, Orbelin Araujo, Aron Orar, and Kayla Eldered, as well as all those runners that weren’t as fast but put in the effort and hard work to better themselves and their team. Runners like Cristian Rios and Erik Lopez. Running will pay you back just as much as you put into it. It has for me in my own running and exponential rewarded in coaching so many fine young athletes.
Perry Edinger PA-C, ATC
Physician Assistant for practice specializing in pediatric orthopedic care with specific office time dedicated to the care of endurance athletes.
- 5000m – 13:41
- 10000m – 28:04
- Marathon – 2:22
- Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, fastest time of all participants, 2008
- Badwater 135, 9th place 2009, 29:21
- Completed 10 races of 100 miles or more.
- Finishing 2nd at Javelina Jundred and Arkansas Travelle
Click here for his full resume.
Ben has coached everything from kids to adult athletes and is most well known for being the coach of NAZ elite.
His personal running career accomplishments consist of many high lights such as.
* Division II All American at tiny Truman State Universit
* Hansons-Brooks Distance Project team in 2003.
*youngest qualifier for the 2004 Olympic Trials Marathon where he finished 37th
* Second at the U.S. Marathon Championships at the Twin Cities Marathon.
*personal bests of 4:03 in the mile and 2:18 in the marathon.
For more info on Ben check out the NAZ Elite page. https://www.nazelite.com/coach-ben/