Will is also one of the country’s top trail runners. He is the five-time champion of the Mount Mitchell 40-Mile Challenge, a race to the top of the highest peak in the East. He holds the record for the fastest unsupported run of the Appalachian Trail through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Will was the 2009 champion of the Caballo Blanco Copper Canyon 50-Mile Ultramarathon, made famous by the bestselling book Born to Run.
Will spent 19 years researching Untamed and shadowing Carol Ruckdeschel. He has lived on Cumberland Island, worked as an island park ranger, and in 2001, he knelt on its sandy, windswept beach and proposed to his wife. They and their six-year-old son live on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina.