Who we are
Race commandant Toni Aurilio is a veteran ultrarunner and RD. She’s been running ultras for eight years, including two 100-milers, and has crewed countless others. She created and RD'd the Devil Dog Ultras in 2016. She's also been the RD for a 5k/10k road race with 2,000 participants and a 50-mile trail race with 350 participants.
The wife of a retired Marine tanker, Toni will not eat apricots nor allow them at this race. She’s also the owner of two human children and two super cool vizslas, Teufel Hunden (“Toofy” for short) and Gunny. A founding member of Team Gaylord, she’s probably heckled you at a race and told you to take your shirt off. “I like my runners like I like my beer: sweaty and shirtless,” she says.
This race is a Team Gaylord production. Collectively, we have about 10,000 years of ultra experience. (Bob Gaylord, our dear leader and namesake, was running ultras when woolly mammoths roamed the Earth.)
We’ve been on both sides of the starting line: as established ultrarunners or as friendly and helpful crew, race staff, or official volunteers. You might remember us as the ones feeding you taco salad at the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100-Mile Run finish line, fixing your blisters at the Grindstone 100, or handing you a cup of ramen noodles and an adult beverage at our Stone Mill 50 Mile Endurance Run aid station.
We’re passionate about running and about helping everyone get across the finish line, and we’re thrilled to bring that knowledge and enthusiasm to the Devil Dog Ultras.