Introducing Kim McElhinney, Founder of Dude Girl

“I always thought it was fun to drag
down the road and twist and turn
and end up somewhere different.”
– Dorothy McElhinney

I love to meet people who are passionate!  You all know my passions are fitness and writing, and the women and men I feature here ( are people who are passionate about fitness and their product or service.  Which leads me to…..Drum roll, please….. Kim McElhinney, founder of Dude Girl.  Kim has an incredibly interesting story and you can read it here, however the parts I’d like to highlight are that she comes from a long line of smart, athletic women.  She has also explored all of her athletic avenues first in the form of a weekend enthusiast, then in the form of an adventure travel company- called Dude Girl Trips and now as the owner of her own apparel company, Dude Girl.    Her trips for 2008 include a  3 day trail running trip to Yosemite (I’d do this in a heartbeat).  She also organizes Mountain Bike Trips to Bulgaria and France.   Dude Girl Adventure Company started in 2003 and in 2006 she opened her “doors” with an online Dude Girl boutique.    Dude Girl products are featured in this months’ Terry Catalog, REI and over 100 retailers across the U.S. as well as in New Zealand, Canada and the UK! For a complete list of retailers click here.

Kim has devoted a whole page on her website to the environment and has described her reasons for choosing organic material here; 

“We have chosen Sustainable fibers and 100% organic cotton or a blend of both
in almost all yoga products and in our tees whenever we can — we’d like to
do everything organic for reasons of acting consciously and carefully on
this planet, but as you are know there are challenges to a small company
being green. We’re doing all that we can at this time and are headed in the
direction of using all sustainable / organic in all our natural fiber
products eventually.”

Kim’s favorite products are the Dude Girl Athletic Tee, Spur Pants in Masai Red, and the Giddy Up Cycling Jersey and Shorts in Red.

I’m also very excited that Dude Girl will be at the Sea Otter Classic this year!  Dates are April 17-20.  My family has attended Sea Otter annually for the last 9 years and we LOVE IT!!


Dude Girl is giving away one Dude Girl Athletic T-shirt to one of you!  Simply click over to the website (take a look around) and come back here to post a comment!  Winner will be chosen at Random on April 13th at 9 PM (PST).  Retail Value is $34.  Winner must respond to email within 24 hours and provide a U.S. Mailing Address.

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