All in the Family

So, on Monday, the iRunFar team got a little tighter. After spending the past 10 years with my best friend, I finally married her. That’s right, Meghan Hicks and I are now married.

Meghan Hicks - Bryon Powell - Married Dove Creek Colorado

Post-marriage selfie in front of Dove Creek, Colorado’s (where we got married) leading location.

A day later, it’s hard to put into words what or how much this means to me. In some ways, it’s everything. We’re comfortable, happy, and excited to spend the rest of our lives together. In other ways, it seems but the smallest step in an already long journey together. We’ve been together for more than a decade. We’ve lived together nearly that long. We’ve been full-time coworkers for something like six years. We’ve owned a house together for three years.

Still, a few minutes of paperwork and $30 in cash makes it all official. I’m hers. She’s mine. We’ll continue living and loving and working and adventuring together. We’ll also have plenty of our own adventures, just as we’ve always had. What follows are some photos from the life and work and adventures we’ve already shared.

That time we wrote a book together… and lived to tell the tale!

Hey, Bill Dooper, now it’s official, she’s my girl.

An all-too-rare vacation photo of us, here in Portugal after the Trail World Championships.

My nieces Maya and Norah with their now Auntie Meggie!

Early days of working together, at the Hardrock 100. Photo: Drymax

Meghan leading our home renovation.

iRunFar time in Silverton, Colorado.

A goofy moment in the golden hour at home above Moab.

We’re about to embark on our first Hardrock.

One of my happiest and proudest ‘moments,’ crewing Meghan during her 2016 Nolan’s 14.

One of our biggest adventures together, a fastpack through the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park.

That time we were featured in an article together.

There are 81 comments

  1. olga

    Congratulations!!! So happy for you both, I love “official”!!! We’ve been together as you’ve been together, and I remember our “long term” at first started:) Yeah!

  2. Jeff Colt

    Congrats Meghan and Bryon! Each day I open up irunfar to see what’s new and today was a special surprise and delight – hope to see you both in the coming months. Enjoy your holidays,


  3. Sarah Lavender Smith

    Congrats Bryon and Meghan! This is really happy news to wake up to! I remember meeting you both in Yosemite in 2009 and wondering then if you’d get hitched because you seemed so well matched :-)! What’s the Powell-Hicks idea of an ideal honeymoon — does it involve a race? Best wishes to both of you.

    1. Bryon Powell

      Ha. We’ve not talked a lick about a honeymoon (or, more or less, anything else that comes with our culture’s wedding traditions). That said, I’m guessing Meghan would say an adventure in Iceland or Bhutan… with no race involved. :-)

  4. Ric Moxley

    As Rita Rudner once said, “It’s nice to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” ;) Serious in running, serious in love. What a pair. Congratulations

  5. David

    Congratulations from California. This is truly a happy day! I am sure Bill is rejoicing to no end. So Meghan, did you really make him cut his hair? True Samson and Delilah.
    Blessings and Happy Trails always,

  6. Jackie Lai

    You have just started the best ultra-marathon you will ever do!! Congrats to you both, I actually got a little teary-eyed reading this. Love always wins!

  7. John Vanderpot

    Congratulations to you both — talk about looking happy!

    Are you accepting gifts ’cause I sort of got you one…

    You’re at the same address?



    So happy for you both! You don’t know most of the folks you write to, but we feel like we know you and are super happy for you!

  9. Chris Butcher

    I am over the moon stoked for the two of you, congratulations! I couldn’t possibly think of two people who are more meant for one another than you guys, so awesome!

  10. Thomas. F. Hamilton

    Awesome!! So thrilled for you both. Wishing, hoping, praying that you have many wonderful years and adventures together. Keep on running!

  11. Paul

    Congrats to you both. Spending life with one person is truly a blessing. Hard at times, rewarding at times, but most of the time…awesome! Here’s to many awesome times for you both!

  12. Meghan Hicks

    Thank you to each of you for your kind messages. It’s hard to find words to describe how much they mean to us, and how moving it is to feel lifted up and supported by our community. None of us does this thing called life alone. It’s a shared journey and we are honored to be sharing it with you.

  13. Zak

    Ultra Running couple of the year! Congratulations, and thank you both so much for being a huge part of this niche running community. This site doesn’t just publish news and commentary, it really helps set the tone for this sport.

    Best wishes.

  14. Evan Kimber

    Congratulations, I’m confident you both will be blessed with many great years ahead (and hopefully for the rest of us, many great years of irunfar). Cheers!

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