Meet our RLAG Ambassador Leaders!
Sawna, LOS ANGELES-CA
I am very proud of how far I’ve gotten in my idea of what’s important in life, my passions and what I prioritize on what fuels my day to day life.I have endless stoke for my bodies ability to run, for it has brought me to the most incredible places, it has introduced me to the most gracious and kind hearted people, and it leaves me with a sore face from smiling to much from all the fun that has been had… and that’s what fuels my very core and creates an endless happiness.
My name is Laura, I am from Cochrane, Alberta. I am a proud mid/back of pack runner. As an avid trail runner and now ultra runner, running is to me is about getting out, feeling strong and connecting with my environment. The faster & farther I run, the more I get to see! As a mom of littles, 3 & 7, I'm all about getting myself and other families active and engaged in movement, especially outdoors. Active Me. Active Family.
I fell in love with running in 2008 while living in the White River National Forest in Colorado. Since moving away from there to Alaska, I have been privileged to take on many different types of running events and challenges. I have competed in all different types of races, anywhere from road 5k’s to Trail 55k’s and have also ventured into the sport of triathlon, with my longest event to date being Ironman New Zealand in 2014. Running has taken me to many different locations around the world and has also opened up an unlimited amount of life long friendships. I feel very blessed to have found this sport and look forward to continuing to grow relationships and take on more challenges every single day, one step at a time.
After years of battling a weight loss roller coaster, I found my passion in running. I took this new found joy to the next level, and began running ultra marathons, which is something I never imagined I was capable of! During this time, it became a passion to motivate and empower other women to do things that they never thought were possible, and made the journey to become a Personal/Pilates trainer, group exercise instructor, running coach and sports nutrition consultant. In addition to my role in the gym, I also enjoy spending my spare time in the mountains, whether it be running, hiking, biking or snowshoeing. This led me down the path to take my Interpretive Hiking Guide. This newly discovered passion has me on an exciting adventure filled journey to teach others how to “disconnect to reconnect” through nature and fitness. For years I lacked the confidence to go after what I wanted….I didn’t believe I was capable or deserved the happiness that came with it. I am here to tell you all that you are worth it and you can achieve it!! “Be a girl with adventure, a lady with confidence and a women with bravery.”
Hey there! I am Kara from Central Alberta, having recently returned to Canada after a long period of travel. Running came into my life at a very young age with my father’s passionate influence. This passion grew further into pursuing various other outdoor activities & endurance sports, along with a huge love of outdoor movement, holistic nutrition, & traveling as much of this beautiful planet as possible. Some of my recent adventures have included walking solo across Iceland, helping to guide Run Like a Girl Retreats in Squamish and Costa Rica & recently completing a 10,500km bike ride from Calgary to Beijing, via Alaska, Eastern Russia, Mongolia & China. Looking ahead I am excited for more adventures & to focus this next season on running my first ultra! To me, Run Like a Girl has been a beautiful community of encouraging one another to create happy & healthy lives where we truly thrive.
Julie, GRAND PRAIRIE-AB
Hey! I’m Julie and I love to get outside of my comfort zone!! I live by a “If your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough” motto and and am thrilled to be a part of the Run Like a Girl community! I love trail running and use it a means to explore all the beautiful places in Canada and abroad. I was fortunate enough to attend RLAG and Anna Frost’s Trail Running Retreat in Costa Rica in April 2017, met an amazing group of fellow runners and learned so much about myself – these are the reasons I run! Exploring, pushing yourself and always evolving – I find my time on the trails joyful, challenging, therapeutic and a great time to reflect. I am looking forward to tackling some more BIG goals in 2018 with a great group of friends and meeting many more amazing people along the way!
Lani, LOS ANGELES-CA
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.
Hi team. I’m Salome and super excited to be part of this amazing community again this year. I absolutely love the philosophies of RLAG and how we all work together from all around the world to share our love for an active adventurous lifestyle. I spend most of my spare time and weekend mornings out running or riding around our local community with my husband. We are also working on growing the run community locally through running groups and events, and we have just started our own triathlon and running coaching business. When I’m not outdoors I am working full time as a Doctor in our little rural town, and studying for upcoming exams throughout the year. I have a a passion for holistic health and wellbeing, with a particularly interested in nutrition – so any nutritional questions throw them my way 🙂 Its going to be another huge but great 2020 and I hope I get to meet some of you in the near future. J Salome.
Brie Hemmingway, LANGLEY-BC
I’m so excited to be a part of this group. I’ve been a long time RLAG fan (since I started running 7 years ago) and I’ve been lucky enough to call them friends the past few years! I initially started training for a half marathon back in 2013 because my (now) husband ran one and inspired me to try it! After I successfully completed it, I decided to sign up for a marathon (because if not now, when?) & I was hooked. I just kept going … wanting to see how far I could push myself. I’ve since completed several 50k races, a 100k race, the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim, and a 7 day, 250 km stage race in the Alps. Three years ago I took a break from ultrarunning to start a family. I am now returning to the running scene with renewed enthusiasm and two little ones in tow.
Hi, I’m Erica! I live on the beautiful West Coast of Newfoundland and Labrador with my partner, our two dogs and cats. In 2013 I fell in love with running. I started running as a challenge to complete a 16k road race in my city, fast forward 7 years and I am now an ultra-marathoner getting ready to train for my second ultra. While trail running is my first love, I am also a road cyclist, cross country skier, mountain biker, yoga enthusiast and occasional swimmer- all around fitness junkie and adventure seeker if you will! In my spare time I can be found curled up on the couch with my furbabies and a good book or wandering through the woods with my dog’s! RLAG has opened so many doors for me; community and new relationships, endless amounts of energy, positivity, freedom, and more importantly, confidence and authenticity. I am so excited to be here with RLAG for year three as an ambassador on your leaders team. Here is to a new year with an amazing group of women, I can’t wait to meet you!
Hi! I’m Lucy! When I started running I couldn’t make it around the block and thought that anything more than 5 km was crazy. Fast forward 5 years and I am now training to join Run Like A Girl at the Costal Challenge in February 2019. Running is my happy place and has really taught me to enjoy experiences over material things. It has empowered me to take control over my own life and live fearlessly. I will choose travel and adventure over a fancy car any day…but maybe throw in a good pair of running shoes 🙂
Trail running for me has been a journey – both mental, and physical. When I started, I really didn’t have any idea of where it would take me, but over the years I went from 5K-to-50K, and beyond! Some of my favourite races over the past few years have been the Squamish 50K (my first 50!), The Coastal Challenge Expedition, and The Triple WAMMY in beautiful Whistler, BC! My next big goal for 2020 is the Big Foot 73 Miler to help benefit the North Shore Women’s Center, which will be my longest consecutive distance ever! Life can get tough sometimes, but knowing that I can keep putting one foot in front of the other, despite the obstacles, keeps me motivated to keep pushing forward!
I’m not an elite runner and I’ll probably never win any races, but I am a “real” runner – I’m juggling running, being a mum, a wife, part time carer, and working full time. Running has always been my happy place and bought so much to my life: a purpose and direction, numerous amazing adventures, an outlet for my anxiety, and led me to connect with wonderful like minded people all over the world, including the other awesome ambassadors from Run Like A Girl.
My daughter Ruby is my biggest supporter, and my biggest inspiration as she is in a wheelchair part-time due to Perthes Disease and is unable to run right now. She makes me want to be a better person and strive to be a better runner, and to run for those who can’t.
I had a total hysterectomy at 36 in 2017 and was thrown into menopause – hello hot flushes! It’s tough trying to train and race through menopause, but I’m proud to show women that you can still achieve great things if you want it hard enough and are prepared to change the picture in your head.
In 2019, I will be training for my second 100k ultra, The Guzzler, in July and continuing to fly the RLAG ambassador flag!!!
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.
Hello, I am Carre’ from Oklahoma. I am excited to return as an ambassador leader. RLAG has been a part of my running and travel life for years.
In 2014 I joined RLAG in Costa Rica at their first retreat. During that week I met forever friends and found my people. They encouraged me and empowered me to run my first of many ultras. They inspired me and through their coaching (Jen Segger) I finished my first stage race, The Coastal Challenge. Not to mention improving in all aspects of my running, nutrition and mental toughness. I have been blessed to travel to some amazing places with RLAG. Beautiful, unique, bucket-list places. I am truly the most thankful for the relationships formed during their races and retreats. I hope to be a good leader and be able to encourage and help others they way RLAG and their ambassadors helped me.
I’m Kate & I live in the New England, USA. I try to live a healthy & balanced lifestyle & love to combine my passion for running, yoga, mindfulness, nature, & helping/teaching others! My days are spent being a mom of 2, a 3rd grade teacher, middle school xc coach, & yoga teacher! I’m pumped to have recently received my RRCA coaching certification! I grew up a cross-country kid, took some time off running, & now I’m enjoying it again as an adult! I have always loved running. I love hitting the trails in my sneaks & my snowshoes. Hitting the roads & trails with my kids & newly adopted rescue dog, Leia, brings me the utmost joy! Energized by my fellow teammates, sole sisters, & my young athletes, I’m inspire to keep lacing up & getting out there regardless of daily stress, schedules, or crazy weather. My goals are to motivate others to push their limits & live to their true potential, continue to add half marathons to my list, and eventually run fulls &/or ultras! I love what RLAG stands for and am proud to be part of such a strong & inspiring group!
Heyyyyyy! I’m Amy! I am a huge outdoor enthusiast that has spent the last 24 years as a professional ski instructor in Breckenridge. This last summer I earned my Level 1 coaching and trip guide certificate for mountain biking, along with a nutrition coaching certification. I began running almost two years ago – as a way to deal with watching a family members end of life. I would run, cry, and run. Then decided I kind of like the running! I have only played around with running for fun. I recently signed up for my first events. The vacation races Grand Quad – 5k, half, 5k, half – over two weekends in the Tetons and Yellowstone Parks. I have joined RLAG to encourage more women to get out and run in my area. A perfect day for me is a quick trail run, followed by a long mountain bike ride, and ending with a great book on the hammock! My husband tells me I should work more and play less 😉
I am so happy to be back as an ambassador! I am a physiotherapist, owner of two clinics, mother of 3 and fearless athlete. The challenge is never big enough! Triathlon, trail running, road running, obstacle racing, name it. Sport has always been part of my life. Completed my first Ironman in 2019 after an intense year of training, 2020 is more about having fun! I love to inspire people and help them push their own limits. You can find so much inner strength by getting out of your comfort zone. Running is the best way for living the moment and pushing yourself is the best way to find yourself. I love what RLAG stand for and is in line with my life purpose of making a difference in people’s life. I am very excited to be part of this community!
Hi I’m Katie! I live in beautiful Southern Utah. I am a mom to four great kids, ages and a wife to a wonderful husband that supports my crazy. They keep me busy and happy. I work as an aquatic professional. Running came into my life ten years ago. I started small with 5ks but quickly discovered triathlon. Triathlon has taught me that I can be strong and keep going for a long time. My lifelong love of hiking, backpacking and adventure merged with that knowledge and I started trail running. I love the strength I have found in the last few years in my ability to do hard things. I have also found so many women to be inspired by and befriended by while my legs have taken me to such amazing places. I have enjoyed following RLAG since I joined Instagram. I was lucky enough to attend a Costa Rica retreat and survived running the TCC. I am so excited to be an ambassador this year.
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!
My name is Jessy and I’ve been running for about I years. I recently moved from the WI to AZ and it has been the best decision not only for my personal life but for my run life as well! I was mostly a road runner but since my move I’ve been spending most if my time on the trails either running or hiking. Nothing gives me greater joy than the thought of kicking up some dirt and spending time in nature. I love running because it is just for me. My time to disconnect from the world and zone out. Running has been so therapeutic for me and I imagine a life without it. It is when I feel most alive and most like myself. I’m honored to be apart of RLAG for another year! I hope to inspire others and become more involved in the running community as I plan to run my first 50 miler in December.
My name is Maddie and I was born and raised in British Columbia. Immersed in the outdoors since a young age, it has become my place of refuge, reflection, and release. I originally cultivated this love as an avid ocean kayaker (building my own boat, at age 13!). But lately, I’ve found myself enveloped by the sanctuary of the outdoors as a trail runner, backpacker, and adventure motorcyclist. After a jam-packed 2019 spent searching and healing while completing the Sunshine Coast Trail, West Coast Trail, Golden Ultra, Be Fearless Marathon, and Orcas Island Marathon, I’m heading into yet another year of adventure. In 2020 I will toe the start line of the Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica, as well as tackle two other ultra /marathon-distance races. I have been absolutely privileged to have found so much love, generosity, kindness, compassion and friendship within the RLAG Community and am thrilled to be a part of it again—I can’t wait to run, share, and smile with all of you this year!
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!
Hello! My name is Ann Danard. I am currently living in Calgary, AB but originally from Thunder Bay, ON. I am a student athlete, competing on the cross country running and indoor track teams at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where I study Civil Engineering. During the summers I work at a large road construction contractor as a surveyor.I began running at a very young age, but was never all that competitive until I started college. Since then, I’ve competed at several provincial and national level events in track and cross country. I also really enjoy road and trail racing. When I am not at work or in school, I enjoy travelling, hiking, skiing, camping and fishing with my wonderful boyfriend and our dog Hobbes. Most of my travelling experiences thus far in my life have been for running, which is my preferred mode of transportation while seeing new things. In 2019 I was fortunate to be able to travel with RLAG to Costa Rica. This was the first time I had travelled internationally by myself. I learned a lot about myself as a person and as an athlete. The other RLAG ladies quickly became lifelong friends. I have some steep goals for 2020 that include chasing National standards, international competition and hopefully a handful of PB’s along the way. I have been an ambassador since 2018 and I am now a part of the Leaders group. I am looking forward to everything 2020 has in store and working with RLAG for another year.
I am a Midwestern runner living my best life traveling around this world one crazy adventure at a time. I can be soft spoken, intense, and stubborn about my ways but family and friends always come first. Nothing moves me more than when I’m walking to the paddock to fetch my kiddos (horses) in the evening than hearing the sound of them nickering to me as I make my way to them. I like to live for each day and enjoy what every new experience brings to life. You will often here me say “I’m in” to whatever idea is thrown out by my family and friends. Best advice I have received to date – get out there and experience the one life you are given to live. Or as the Romans would say, Carpe Diem!
Jen, Williams Lake-BC
Hello my name is Jen! I am honoured to be in this group as an RLAG leader. Leader… follower..street promoter…first time runner..whatever your title.. own it and be proud. I am just happy to be in a group that brings me joy and seeing others happy- That’s the main goal, right? To find joy and hope to spread it to others when their light is a little dim? A bit on me.. I am a small town girl from Williams Lake, BC- Home to the famous Williams Lake Stampede.. One of the largest and most beautiful sand dunes in all of North America (if you’re coming this way, I’d love to tour you around) We have a world known mountain biking trail network, which I love to explore a bit more with my feet on the ground..
I am a Teachers Assistant and love every minute of what I do.. One of my biggest running accomplishments was running the New York City Marathon. Seriously, if I could spread one bit of hope to YOU, it would be to follow your dream. Running dreams to some, feel so strange. It even did to me when I spoke those words out loud… “My dream is to run the New York City marathon”… Whatever it is.. follow it- I will remember that day for the rest of my life. It makes me smile when I think about beautiful Stanton Island starting line and feeling so connected to COMPLETE strangers! I knew then that’s what running is all about, what this group is all about.. And really, what LIFE is all about..
Happiness, joy, and rooting for eachother!
NIKI, HAMMONDS PLAINS-NS
Hi! I’m Niki and I’m new to RLAG as part of the Ambassadors Leader Team! I’m a guide, outdoor and environmental educator on the East Coast of Canada with Gros Morne Adventures and Outward Bound. I’ve been a runner for 5 years on and off between a diagnosis with a Lyme related autoimmune condition, moving to some remote islands in BC for two years, and recently recovering from sprains in my spine, collarbone, and shoulder from a car accident. Running is a beautiful thing that helps me to recognize my body’s abilities, that teaches me to listen and adapt when necessary. I’m stoked to spend 2020 engaging with this community, working more to support women and girls, and hopefully learning how to run mountains and hills as I plan to attempt some races in Newfoundland!
I’m Michele ! I live 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 .
Running has been part of my life since elementary school, but college was when I really started to enjoy it. Running was, and still is, the most effective therapy I could have ever asked for! The ability to run has helped me through many life events; moving away from home, family issues, heartbreak, job losses and successes, school successes and failures and so much more! Through the running community I have met some outstanding people and witnessed their self confidence and physical abilities change dramatically. I love being able to encourage people to get up and move and try things outside of their comfort zone. I’ve run 5km to Ultra distances, and like to volunteer at local races. I’m excited to be part of RLAG for the 2020 season and can’t wait to meet new friends to share km’s with!
Virginia Hobbs here, but everyone calls me Ginny. I live with my husband and our two boys (10 and 5) in Paradise, Newfoundland. I grew up in St. John's, NL but moved to the town of Paradise 10 years ago before the birth of our first son. As a child, I was always loved being outside. Growing up in Eastern Newfoundland meant I learned to love the ocean,
the rugged coastline, and the rough but beautiful terrain. I also learned that getting outdoors every day meant I had to accept and prepare for the unpredictable weather in Newfoundland. I grew to love cross-country and downhill skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and soccer, rowing, hiking and swimming from spring to fall, however, it wasn't until a few years ago I started to run long distance. I began running as a way to combat postpartum depression and I continued to run to maintain a healthy body, healthy heart, and a healthy mind. In addition to the physical reward, the people I have met in my running community have become the best of friends and part of my family. I am so grateful for their support in my life. This year I turn 40 years old and I have set a number of challenges for myself, including running my first marathon in
the spring, and my first ultramarathon on the West Coast of Newfoundland in the fall! I am so excited and honoured to be part of the RLAG Ambassador Team! I cannot wait to add new friends to my
treasured running family!