Collins is prone to the occasional stoner moment, but he’s remarkably focused for a 25-year-old. With his sponsorships and his job managing the store, Collins is able to train year-round, making him a full-time ultrarunner, as well. He runs four to five times a week, averaging between 20 and 40 miles per outing with elevation gains in the thousands. And he usually runs high.
If you’ve heard of Collins outside the clannish world of ultrarunning it’s because of his cannabis advocacy. He’s the only endurance runner sponsored by a cannabis company: The Farm in Boulder. In addition to a signing bonus, The Farm picks up a chunk of his travel expenses and supplies him with a discount at their dispensary.
His embrace of cannabis makes him somewhat controversial, but Collins notes it has long been part of the trail running scene. Running high may feel like a trend, but it’s really nothing new. What’s changed is the public’s curiosity. Regardless, Collins knew what he was doing well before his picture appeared in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago,