Rickey grew up in Aspen and fostered his love of the mountains and outdoors there as a child. He has been described as a “conceptual runner” combining the practice of endurance running with the artistic mediums of photography and writing. After nearly a decade competing on a national and international mountain, trail and ultra running circuit, he took his love for ultra-endurance, storytelling and photography to his project-based runs that have included a run across America, every single street in San Francisco and currently the 50 classic trails of North America.
Gates is a deeply curious individual with an immense interest in the inner workings of society, self, nature and the human potential. Today, Rickey lives in New Mexico with his wife. He hosts running camps in the rocky mountains and finds creative way to express his passion for running and human connection.