Ian Tovell began skiing when he went to a practice with his friend to see what it was all about, and after that the rest is history as they say. Ian skied throughout middle school and high school where he raced at a high level at Vermont Academy. He attended University of Vermont where he decided to “hang up the skis” and pursue his other passion, cross-country running. After an injury sidelined him from running, he picked up triathlon and has been racing triathlon across the country for the last eight years. After graduation, Ian found his love of skiing again, and now races the American Birkiebeiner every year.
Growing up in New England, Ian found his love for cross country skiing and running at a young age. As a lifelong lover of the sport, he fostered his connection to skiing as a coach for a local high school in Maine and a board member for the New England Nordic Ski Association. He's also a regular at the Birkie. In his free time you can find him on the running trails, ski trails, or just enjoying the New England outdoors with his son, Bear.