Jay and Lisa at Death Valley Camp

Our dream is to help you achieve yours

Whether you want to lose weight or run around the world we can help. We offer personalized training and camps headed by coach and motivator, Lisa Smith-Batchen. Race director and gear expert, Jay Batchen, organizes and promotes some of the most fun and accessible, as well as most extreme, events in the world. When you "join" Dreamchasers as a coaching student, camper or race participant, you join a supportive team of people committed to goals similar to yours. Let us be part of transforming your dream into accomplishment!

Lisa Smith-Batchen is a world reknown elite ultra runner, ironman competitor and adventure racer.  Lisa is a woman of many "firsts".  She is the first American to win the Marathon des Sables stage-race through the Moroccan desert and has twice won the Badwater Ultramarathon, which is considered one of the toughest races in the world.  She is also the first and only person to ever have run 50 miles a day in 50 states in the USA in 62 days!

Lisa is also a proven coach and motivator whose knowledge of health, fitness and nutrition has helped hundreds of individuals achieve their specific goals.  Join her at Dreamchasers for an amazing fitness class!              Lisa's Full Bio 


Jay Batchen, a 10-time Marathon Des Sables finisher, is a seasoned runner and race director.  He focuses on making sure that every Dreamchaser running event caters to what matters most to runners.  He embraces the importance of well-marked courses, runner safety and well stocked aid stations with experienced volunteers.  His expertise as race director is valued around the world.

Jay uses his years of racing experiece and combines it with some of the most breathtaking courses and trails anywhere ensuring a memorable racing experience for both beginning and advanced runners! Jay resides in Teton Valley with his wife Lisa Smith-Batchen and their two beautiful children, Gabby and Annie.  He's also completed the Western States 100, Badwater Ultramarathon, Jungle Marathon, Desert Cup - Mali, Miwok 100K, JFK 50, Vermont 50, Squaw Peak 50, Old Pueblo 50, the NY City, Chicago and Marine Corps Marathons and numerous other ultras and marahtons. 

Abby Broughton moved to Teton Valley at age ten and spent her days skiing, playing soccer, and playing in the Teton High School Pep band. She went to college intending to be a music major, but found rowing instead. After graduating from college with an art degree she moved to Seattle to further pursue her rowing. After six years of elite rowing, she has recently moved back to the Valley to be closer to the mountains and is excited to be on the Dreamchasers team!

Abby was a 4-time US National Rowing team member and achieved a bronze and silver medal at the 2009 and 2010 World Rowing Championships, as well as a gold in the 2010 World Cup. Her other interests include skate skiing, biathlon, cooking, and adventure racing with her team, "Goat Thunder."

Julie Bryan ran for the USA on the Mountain Running Team for several consecutive years.  Each year only 4 women in the country are chosen as a team member by winning select races.   Julie has won a great many races and holds records on noted courses such as the Colorado Barr Trail, Pikes Peak, Colorado, and has won the ½ marathon trail championships at the North Face Challenge.   Julie has raced both nationally and internationally for the Teva Mountain Running Team and has been sponsored by Teva, GoLite, Petzel, 180’s and La Sportiva.

Julie currently coaches for Dreamchasers and uses her vast experience as an elite runner to help other runners reach their full potentials.  Join her for group trail runs throughout the summer season.


Char O'brien grew up in upstate New York and moved here to explore the wild west about 15 years ago. She has two amazing children, Tanner and Izzy, who light up her days!! Char also has 2 dogs and 2 cats. She has worked extensively with children and adults for 15 years.

Currently Char teaches reading at the Alta school, Fitness classes at Dreamchasers, and is a facilitator for Parenting with Love and Logic. Char LOVES the outdoors! Mountain biking , hiking, swimming, skiing, camping, eating and cooking, pretty much anything with friends and family makes her feel rich and fills her soul!!


Chris Heilman, PhD, ATC, CSCS is a ski, runner, and outdoor enthusiast who empowers athletes and exercisers to achieve a higher level of performance, health, and well-being. Chris has over 10 years of teaching and coaching experience related to sport and fitness. These experiences include rehabilitating injured athletes as a board-certified athletic trainer, personal training and wellness coaching as a board-certified strength coach and a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology, coaching mental skills to athletes of all abilities, lecturing at a university, and instructing a variety of fitness classes (water aerobics, spinning, ski conditioning, weight lifting, cardio core, flexibility for fitness).

At Dreamchasers, Chris combines her interests in the mind-body connection, injury prevention, exercise physiology, and sport and exercise psychology by teaching Stretch, Strengthen, & Stress Reduction and Mix It Up classes and as personal trainer/wellness coach. She also created the popular LIVE WELL course,  6-weeks of physical and mental training to optimize your health and  well-being.