Meet our RLAG Ambassador Leaders!

Ally - Quesnel, BC

Hi!! I’m Ally! I live in Quesnel, BC. I’m a mom to an adorable 14 month old little boy and step momma to a wonderful 6 year old big brother! My youngest has been up more mountains before he was even born than many people have in a lifetime. This is my 2nd year as a RLAG ambassador, in 2021 I joined the Social Team and this year I’m stepping it up to Leaders Team! Running has been on the back burner but I’m very excited to get back into it by volunteering in a winter run group put on by our local running store! This year I really made health & fitness a priority after having my son and I feel amazing and strong! Pole dancing/fitness is another long time passion of mine and I’ve recently started teaching spin classes which I have totally fallen in love with! I can’t wait to see what 2023 brings!

Andrea - Winnipeg, MB

ANN - Thunder Bay, ON

Hey there, I’m Ann! Running enthusiast, snack connoisseur, semiprofessional dog petter, and outdoor
maniac. I live in beautiful northwestern Ontario in Thunder Bay. I enjoy a range of different activities in
every season. I’ve recently stepped back from competitive track and cross country running and find
myself taking more time to explore northern Ontario’s hidden trail gems. This means more time for
great views, snacking and petting every dog I encounter. Being in the outdoors is my happy place. The
adventure of the day may be hiking, trail running, skiing, hunting or fishing. I once saw on a bumper
sticker “if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space” and I have lived my life by that
ever since.

Anna - Maple Ridge, BC

Hi wonderful humans! I’m Anna. I am a new mom, nature lover and complete geography nerd. I feel so lucky that my job is to teach kids about the landscape and history of Canada. I love exploring new areas, whether it’s by hiking, canoeing or trail running. Running came to me as a means to help raise awareness for mental health after the loss of a close friend. I started building up my endurance to complete a 5km fundraiser for women’s mental health and found it to be therapeutic. It wasn’t until a few years later that I realized that I could combine my love of hiking and running into one activity. That’s when my love of trail running really began. Since then, I have co-founded a run group with 2 other dedicated women, run half marathons, a long list of 10-25km trail races, and completed my first 50K race. I am so lucky to have been able to share my first ultra experience with my baby girl and continue running up until she arrived. It is amazing what we can do when we are dedicated and listen to our bodies. Running is all about community and breaking through barriers and that’s what drew me to RLAG. The run community is welcoming, non-judgemental, resilient and a whole lot of fun to be around. I am so excited to be part of the RLAG community and help show others, and my baby girl what it means to really run like a girl!

Carrie - Vancouver, BC

You know what I love even more than reaching a finish line I've trained for? It's helping others reach theirs. If you ever need encouragement, please reach out. I’m @carriejobradley on Instagram if you want to connect there as well.
I ran my first marathon 24 years ago and have been chasing goals ever since. I've also been coaching for several years, and it's the best.
I’m so honored to return for my second year on the RLAG leaders team.
I’ve run for many reasons over the years, but one of the things I will always love most about running like a girl is that it connects us. There’s just something special about that bond.
This year in addition to being a part of this amazing community I'm looking forward to training for my first Ironman 70.3 triathlon and some off-road triathlons as well.

Cassie - burnaby, bc

Hi Everyone! My name is Cassie and I am super pumped to be an Ambassador this year! I’m a perminant resident of Canada living in Burnaby British Columbia (past 10 years), but I grew up just outside Boston Massachusetts.
🇺🇸—> 🇨🇦 = 🙌🏻🙌🏻 😁
I am a road runner and my favourite distance is the marathon!! I’m also a woman in long term recovery from addiction (alcohol). I live a healthy and happy life substance free. If anyone ever needs support with their mental health, I’ve struggled with low self esteem, addiction, loss, grief, depression and anxiety to name a few. I do not let any of this hold me back or define me. I use running and yoga to stay happy, healthy and positive. I look forward to meeting you!!

Challise - Queensland, AUSTRALIA

Very excited to again be on the Leaders Team! I have been a part of RLAG for quite a few years and I love seeing the team continue to grow and develop across the globe. 

RLAG represents for me both a philosophy and a community - something I do and embrace that gives me challenge, comfort and freedom but then also as a larger collective to be apart of and grow both from and within. 

I started running after a period of acute illness which had had an effect on my physical and cognitive abilities. My running journey has progressed from short runs to ultramarathons and my favourite events are 24 hour track ultras. 

I’m a busy mum of 3 bustling children and I work as a swimming instructor, facilitating Learn to Swim with infants from 8 weeks old up to Advanced swimmers. I also enjoy hiking and paddle boarding with my family.

Erin - Warburg, AB

Jana - Turrialba, CR-C, Costa Rica

My name is Jana, I am Canadian but have had the amazing opportunity to be living in Turrialba, Costa Rica for over 17 years!
I am 40 years old and have a 15 year old son who loves to mountain bike with me!
I teach Vinyasa yoga which has helped my running so much!
Here in Costa Rica we mostly do trail running and have such an amazing Trail community.
I started running in 2016 when I decided to make some big changes in my life...
I have found amazing support from friends & taken on so many adventures running trails here!
I am super proud that this year I have started to run 50km races!
This is my first year as an ambassador, I am super excited to share the beautiful places Costa Rica has to offer for trail running. Be it volcanoes, rainforest or beaches...
Looking forward to posting and hearing from all you in the RLAG community!

Karen - surrey, BC

I have been part of the RLAG family for quite a few years now. I’ve never considered myself an athlete just someone who enjoys doing things. In 2010, I took my casual road running to the next level; I did my first of 3 half marathons that year mixed in with some shorter distance trail racing. By 2016, I completed my first 50km trail race (Frosty, Manning Park, BC) and was living on cloud 9 with endorphins to last a lifetime. Running brought me confidence I never had, it brought me a sense of purpose, it gifted me friends that I call my family and it provided me the ability to support, encourage and volunteer. This last part is actually my favorite part. As a child I was a competitive swimmer. With a solid running background I decided to try triathlons. Since 2015, I’ve done a handful of sprint, Olympic and a few half iron distances. My biggest ultra running accomplishment happened in 2019. After running several 50km races, the 3 day Golden, BC stage race which included a 60km distance on day 2, I decided to go for the 50 Miler! Not only did I go for the 50 Miler but the world famous Squamish 50/50. I’m the proud owner of a blue hat! I love being in the mountains where my mind clears and I’m enveloped with peace. Very excited to be back again with the RLAG family on whatever crazy adventures await in 2020. #willrunforicecream

kat - Castlegar, BC

Hi everyone! My name is Kat! I’ve been running for 8 years. I used to live in a world of negativity and doubt. I was told I couldn’t do it so I never tried. But then one day I did, It started with a 5k, then a 10k, and then I trained for 6 months for my first half marathon. That was the day I realized I could do anything that I put my mind to! Less than one year later I ran my first road marathon, a mere 6 months after that I ran my first 50k ultra. I’ve ran more than I can count now, and pushed myself to complete two 50 mile races. I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by some amazing people in my life and I’m ever thankful to call Dayna and Courtney my friends! These ladies bring everything this community is meant to be to life! This year I pushed my limits and completed my first 70 mile race at the FATDOG120! I can’t wait to see everyone reach for their goals!


My name is Kim and is am honoured to be a repeat RLAG Ambassador in 2023. I have been leading and creating fitness classes since 1994, as well as mentoring and managing other leaders….and I love races!!
Since moving to Squamish 10 years ago, some important changes came about and I fully realized the importance of time outside.  Leading classes, as my big passion, took a back seat and my old love for running was reignited.  With my bff black lab Lexi, we ventured into the trail network and I was able to build a higher connection to the energies of our planet and with nature.  Being a guardian to Lexi has given me so much, and I am grateful for her. 
The friendships and community that have been fostered from dog ownership, trail running and trail races has enriched my life immensely. 

Kimberly - carrollton , tx

Hello everyone! I’m Kim from Carrollton, TX (Dallas area). This is my first year as an ambassador for RLAG, and I am excited to be a part of this amazing group!
I’m a (quarter) Japanese -American who enjoys challenging myself on the trails and the road. In high school (2014), I was diagnosed with an eating disorder and told I would never run again because of it. That crushed my chances of running in college, but I used that as fire to get back to the sport I love. As of 2018, I worked on myself and felt confident enough to take up running again thanks to my now husband's support. Now I am an ultra runner who is chasing her dreams as a fueled and fiery female.
Outside of running, I’m a mom to three gray cats. No, I did not plan on all of them being gray, it just happened. My favorite past times are annoying my husband, reading, and watching Korean dramas.


Hi! I'm Lani,
...but out on the trail I’m known as ‘Larry’ — a dirtbag name I earned during my 2017 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.
I’m a mile-crushing, summit-seeking, ultra trail runner and long-distance backpacker. I love the community, the simplicity and the grounded feeling I get from being in nature. Mountains ignite my imagination, challenge me, and help me feel empowered. I am involved in my local trail running community and have placed among the top women in races ranging from marathons to 100K distances.
When I’m not on the trail I’m in Los Angeles, where I use my outdoor experiences to motivate and inspire others in my work as a school counselor and yoga teacher.


I’m Laura.  I’ve been a RLAG ambassador since 2017!  Back then I was coming off my first 50k and heading into an exciting season, confirming I wasn’t a one and done! RLAG has given me friends all over the world. It was a highlight to run with fellow ambassadors in Australia while on exchange.
I am a mom to two wonderful and active kiddos. I love that I can be their role model on living their own best life.
I am the founder of a forest school program. Connecting the littlest of explorers to the wonders that nature can teach us.
Now running has taken a back burner but all the lessons and the feelings that I’ve gotten from running are not lost!  I still love to move outdoors whether on skis, snowshoes, in boots or on bikes. 
Now I spend most of my summer at bmx tracks proving you don’t have to be fast to have fun. Known for my smile or my speed. I love that I get to participate alongside my children in a sport we all love.
I love to share…be brave enough to suck at something new!  You don’t have to be an expert to participate in life. 
And seek joy! There is so much joy in life, sometimes you need to seek it out in the small moment.
To me RLAG is about living a life with passion! 

Lisa - Chestermere, AB

Hi Everyone, I am glad to be back as an Ambassador. I previously was then took a little break. I love trail running , and supporting others on their journey. My running journey started in 2001, and has grown from barley running a 5km to multiple marathons and ultras. I also enjoy zwifting- let me know if you do. Besides running I enjoy triathlons, obstacle runs, and teaching group fitness. I live in Chestermere, Alberta. I look forward to getting to know everyone!

Lucie - chilliwack, bc

Michele - Phoenixville, PA

I’m Michele ! I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , 34 , mom of 2 (14 and 12) , I run a gym called Anytime Fitness and I’m in recovery. Running the Boston marathon has been a dream of mine for many years. It’s the reason I started running so much . I would end up with many stress fractures and always very frustrated . I knew I needed to change somethings in my life if I wanted to make this dream a reality ... First I had to stop using drugs and get clean ! I have 22 months today! The next thing I did was get a running coach to help me train the right way. I was all set to run my first marathon here in philly Nov 2018 , I was so excited ! July 2018 I broke my leg in 3 places and was devastated !! I kept telling myself I was running the marathon no matter what. Thankfully I took the suggestions given to me and didn’t. 2019 was going and was my year ! Running took me to VA beach , the Grand Canyon and Utah!!! So many amazing things to see . I finished my first marathon November 24th 2019 !!!! It was the most amazing challenging thing I have ever done. I can’t wait to see where 2020 takes me .

Michelle - Yellowhead County, AB

Hi! I’m Michelle, this is my 3rd year as an ambassador and I’m sooooo excited to be back! I’m a momma to a busy six year old, a teacher, and a wife to a biologist husband. The last year has been a challenging one movement wise. I’m super excited and motivated to re-start running this year and I want to have many outdoor adventures!!

Rhiannon - Mudgeeraba, QLD, AUSTRALIA

Hey I’m Rhi and this is my 5th year on the RLAG team 😍🥳 I’m about to turn 40 (next week 🤓) and I’m from the Gold Coast, Australia. I’m an ultra runner and the trails are my happy place 🥰 I’m a mother to a Perthes Warrior who is my mini me and my inspiration #matchymatchyforlife

2020 was a crazy year for everyone, but for me personally it was my toughest year health-wise. I had 4 surgeries, the last one in November was pretty major and I’m still recovering from it. Though I still managed 3x 50km (1x DNF) and 1x 68km race in between the hospital visits so not too bad considering 🤷🏻‍♀️ in Australia we’ve definitely been less affected and impacted by Covid and my thoughts are with everyone still trying to get used to this new “normal”.

I’ve got some big races planned for 2021 (if Covid and my health don’t derail them 🤞) but I’m looking forward to continuing to represent RLAG down under 🇦🇺💙

ROSE - Quesnel, BC

My name is Rose O'Neill and this is my second year with RLAG.
What we think of ourselves, we become.
Pain, my constant daily companion. My mind says "you can go a little further. If you have the ability to move, continue to move! If you fall, you get back up." and I always do. You don't realize how strong you are until you are at your weakest point. From there, you rise with strength. From there, you commit to yourself through your struggle. Do not give up. Leave your mark.
I fell very hard yesterday. A literal, laying on the ground and wondering how the hell I am going to get back up. Getting up with a prosthetic leg is not easy nor is it graceful. When you're hurting daily, a fall on top of it can be brutal. Getting up looks like a bad cartoon gone very wrong. Especially if your leg won't stay on. There is always a reason to be grateful, a lot of people are not out there pushing themselves to betterment.
So, I am going to recover, then run with a full and grateful heart for my mobility, be it wobbly at times or solid at others. My goal is to keep showing up. You never know who is watching so keep going.
Remember, your life will not change until you change it. Yes, you are going to struggle. There will be pain and yes, it is going to hurt in some way be it mentally, physically or emotionally. Unless you take risks, growth will never happen. The hand you reach out to someone struggling today may be the hand that reaches to help you tomorrow. Kindness is a circle. So help someone. Lift someone up. Hand them their leg.


A girl, born with a congenital heart defect, open heart surgery to repair as a child, regular cardiologist visits to this day, always reminded to never over-exert but off the charts for not only a heart patient, but for a healthy athlete! Running gives me life! Fitness leader for the past 20 years, inspiring, motivating empowering is why I'm here on this earth. I started running 12 years ago, starting with a couple 26.2 mile full marathons in Winnipeg. From there I started running half marathons and have completed over 50 to date. I have been on the RLAG team since 2016. In November I traveled to Costa Rica to take part in a RLAG adventure and wellness retreat!
My super power definitely is my ability to inspire motivate and empower through walking the talk. Taking care of me and living my life fearlessly.

Sharon - SURREY, BC

Hi! My name is Sharon and I am a huge advocate of diversity through all sports, helping a community to grow and support each other through unity. I love to run, hike, yoga and not to forget my passion for Powerlifting. I will always have a love for running, and I am proud to be a Clinic Leader for SportMedBC.

I’m really excited to continue my journey as a ambassador for RLAG, I’ve seen the community grow and the pleasure to spread the word and run some of the races in 2022 providing the support from all the people I encountered. As we move into a new year, I hope to see the community flourish even more and will certainly be looking forward to in person events.

Famous words from C.S.Lewis: "You are never too old to set another goal, or dream a new dream!"

Shawna - Kenora, ON

My name is Shawna and I am from Kenora, a small town located in Northwestern ON.
I work as a family/criminal law clerk, have 2 children, Hunter (19) and Jaydyn (17) and our rescue dog, Summit.
I am an outdoor enthusiast, in my spare time you will always find me outdoors on some sort of adventure. Being outdoors, out in nature, deep within the woods or in the mountains is where I put my chaos to rest and find my inner peace. I enjoy trail/road running, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, downhill and xc skiing. I am also a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol and volunteer my time at our local ski hill.
I am actively involved with my community and take pleasure in organizing and leading The Lakerun, a weekly Saturday morning run along our harbuorfront as well as a weekly trail running group, Lake of the Woods (LOTW) Adventure Group where I organize weekly adventures which include trail running meet ups, xc skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.
I'm very excited to be back as an Ambassador with RLAG and look forward to sharing in everyone's adventures near and far.


My name is Willa and I am a 35 year old adventure seeker, former stunt performer, and competitive gymnast/ cheerleader. I recently graduated from nursing school and I am the proud mum to the sweetest 5 year old kid, Toby, as well as two fur kids Kona the min pin and Digger dog the ultra dog (blue heeler/ border collie mix). I live in a small town called Agassiz, BC. I was a late bloomer to running. I grew up as a competitive gymnast and cheerleader, so running was always used as a form of punishment or conditioning. It was not something I particularly enjoyed. All this changed when my best friend passed away from Leukemia. I signed up and ran my first marathon in his memory and from then I was hooked!
Since then I have completed numerous races ranging in distance from 5 km to 200+ km. I managed to be one of only 22 women who finished Fat Dog 120 mile race in 2015. It was the most amazing feeling to finish that race and to this day it is one of greatest achievements. When I am not running, I am heavily involved in educational advancement and leadership. I recently graduated from university with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I hold executive membership with multiple student nursing groups which aim to inspire leadership and social justice. I also facilitate workshops on sexualized violence prevention on campus for peers and faculty alike. My plans for this upcoming year include passing my NCLEX RN (nursing licensing exam), tackling the RLAG Be Fearless Marathon, the Broken Goat 50 km, Squamish 50/50, and the Golden Ultra. I am also hoping to do a through run of the Sunshine Coast Trail and the Hudson's Bay Company Heritage Trail. I am also eager to reconnect with my family and friends after a long 4 years in nursing school, and to begin the next chapter of my life as a Registered Nurse. I am so grateful to be a part of RLAG and embrace the amazing community that its founders have created and inspired. I cannot wait to see all we can accomplish together as a team!