K. Golden Harper

Golden Heli-Running

Title: Founder & Product Development

Twitter: @RunGolden1

A competitive runner and running shoe geek, Golden offers a lot of hands-on experience to the Altra team. Golden started running as soon as he left crawling and has never looked back.

Between the ages of 10 and 14, Golden ran 5 marathons, debuting with a State Record 3:08 performance. He followed that up with a 2:57 performance that was good for a National Best for age 11. At age 12, he ran the St. George Marathon in 2:45, setting a world best. He went on to win 2 Cross Country State Championships and compete in the Footlocker Cross Country National Championships.

In addition to competitive running, Golden grew up working in his family’s specialty running store, educating people about proper running technique. He became an expert on running injuries.

Golden studied Exercise Science at two universities, where he was particularly focused on biomechanics, kinematics and coaching. During this time, he wrote several research articles on running-related injuries and running technique.

With the knowledge of proper biomechanics and a passion for reducing running injuries, he developed the first cushioned Zero Drop™ running shoes after appeals to major shoe companies fell on deaf ears. Golden’s running experience and commitment to helping people run better have been a driving force in the creation of Altra.

  • Education
    • Graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Exercise Science: Fitness & Wellness with a Business Management Emphasis
    • 1st Team All-Conference in Cross Country
    • Academic All-American in Cross Country
  • Work History
    • Runner’s Corner Buyer and General Manager
  • Personal Bests
    • Mountain 50 Miler – 9:12, Alpine to Slick Rock
    • Marathon – 2:44:53, St. George Marathon (Age 13)
    • Cross Country 10k – 31:04 (At Altitude)
    • Cross Country 8k – 25:06
    • 5k – 14:45
    • 3200m/2 Mile – 9:09
    • 1600m/Mile – 4:19
  • Major Overall Wins
    • 2x Cross Country State Titles
    • PacWest Conference Cross Country Championship
    • Jupiter Peak Steeplechase
    • Alpine to Slick Rock 50 Miler
  • Family – With nearly 20 state titles, Golden’s family is full of competitive runners. His father, Hawk, has finished over 70 marathons, winning several and posting a personal best of 2:22. His mother, Cheryl, held the Marathon State Record for 20 years and set a National Best by running a 24:39 8k. Golden’s sisters, Amber, Krystal and Summer have all won State Championships in Cross Country and competed in the National Championships for USAT&F Cross Country.