Meet our RLAG Ambassador Leaders!
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.
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!
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.
My name is Lani Advokat, but out on the trail I’m known as ‘Larry’ — a dirtbag name I earned during my thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m a mile crushing, summit seeking, ultra trail runner and long distance backpacker. 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 high school counselor, and yoga teacher. This summer, on the Pacific Crest Trail, I hiked from Mexico to Canada and spent five months living out of my backpack. I love the community, the simplicity, and the grounded feeling I gain from being in nature. Mountains ignite my imagination, challenge me, and help me feel empowered. When I put my pack on I know that I have all that I need to go anywhere – and I feel free.
My name is Salome and I live in Queensland, Australia. I am super stoked to be given the opportunity to be part of this amazing group, and can’t explain in words how excited I am to join RLAG in 2018. I love running, triathlon, and have a passion for all things related to an active healthy lifestyle, sharing this
passion, and inspiring others to live to the fullest. I would say I’m pretty simple, but don’t like being bored, am always looking for challenges in all aspects of life and am all in for adventure.
Laura Spruyt, Alberta
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.
Brie Hemmingway, BC
I’m so excited to be a part of this group. I’ve been a long time RLAG fan (since I started running 6 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.
Last year I took a break from ultrarunning to start a family. I became a mom to a beautiful baby girl in October and am now returning to the running scene with renewed enthusiasm and a little one in tow.
I’m Erica and I live on the beautiful West Coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. 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 6 years and I am now an ultra-marathoner. 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 if you will! In my spare time I can be found curled up on the couch with my cats and a good book or wandering through the woods with my dog, Togo! I love the new relationships, endless amounts of energy, positivity and freedom that running has brought into to my life and hope that as part of Run Like a Girls Leaders Team I will be able to bring to others what running has brought to me.
Christina, Vancouver – BC
Before I started, I never knew how far I could go, and my journey in trail running has taken me from 5K-to-50K faster than I could have imagined. Trail running started for me in Costa Rica at one of the RLAG Retreats, and from there I have been fortunate enough to enjoy multiple runs and races across the World, from a Caribbean “Run for Fun Cruise” to exploring the trails around Anchorage, AK and hiking the Inca Trail in Peru. I’m based on the beautiful West Coast of Canada, and when I’m not travelling for work I can be found running the trails around North Vancouver or seeking peaks in Whistler, BC, usually with my dog in tow. In 2018 I completed my first ever stage race, the Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica with the Run Like a Girl Team and the Squamish 50 Miler in August. Trail running has brought me an outlet to run out my dreams and to push myself mentally, physically, and even spiritually and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!
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.
Lucy, SQUAMISH – BC
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 🙂
Hi, I am Carre. In 2014 I attended the first RLAG retreat in Costa Rica. Which inspired my love of ultra-distance running and adventure. Most importantly it helped me find my people. Friendships forged through long shared miles( and a maybe a little suffering) are uniquely special. Add in a beautiful location like Squamish, Peru, the Grand Canyon and the Inca trail and you have some amazing memories. Last year I completed The Costal Challenge and I could not have done it without the help of RLAG and their running coach Jen Segger. Excited to be an ambassador this year for a company I love.
Kate, New Hampshire
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!
Hello friends! My name is Amanda St. Denis and I live in the great white north in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. I am a 37 years old who is a wife to an amazing supportive husband and mother of 2 adorable children; 5 year old boy and a 2 year old daughter. I ran on and off throughout my life including a half marathon 10 years ago but once life got busier and as I got older excuses became easier to listen too. By May 2016 I gained 50 lbs. and was horribly out of shape to a point where my physical and mental health began to suffer. Something awoke in me…I just could not live like that anymore! I wanted to feel better and live a long healthy life with my family. I decided it was time to rediscover my love of running.
I live in Newcastle, Australia and I am a mum to two small boys. I love running on the road, on trails, and in circles on a field chasing a round ball. Running itself had fallen by the wayside a bit since having kids. This year I'm making a concerted effort to be 'more of me' without being less of a mum. I've made more time for running; I'm a better person for it, and we've had some amazing destination run family holidays with more to come! I'm daily inspired by the Run Like a Girl community and the amazing things you all achieve.
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.
Kirsty, New Zealand
Hi RLAG community, I’m Kirsty and I live in the North Island of New Zealand. I am very honoured to have been chosen as part of the RLAG ambassador leader programme for 2019.
I haven’t always loved running. It’s an affair that started about 7years ago. But like all great loves, I now can’t remember what life was like before running. I love running long distances on the trail (usually includes a fair amount of hiking hills too). I love the challenge, being part of the amazing trail running community, and being out in nature. I love the way endurance running often shows us that we are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit. Life is busy, but I believe in the huge mental and physical benefits in getting outside and enjoying nature. As a family, we also enjoy tramping and camping in wilderness areas. I’m so happy to be able to have adventures and share these places with my children.
I hope that I can help inspire others to be more active, be more adventurous, spend more time outdoors, and venture beyond their perceived boundaries, regardless of age.
Grüezi, my name is Saskia. I have 2 kids, live in a small cheese dairy on a hill in Switzerland & I am an ultra runner. But it didn’t start out that way… When I was 8, I started cross country running in Belgium where I grew up & dreamt of running the Olympic marathon. But my childhood passed & I traded running for volleyball & Belgium for Greece, Ireland & finally Switzerland.
It wasn’t until 20+ years & a severe knee injury later that I learned how much running meant to me. That’s when I started following RLAG and signed up for my very first 1/2 marathon… & then some marathons… & then an ultra trail race… & now I am training for my first 100k night race in June! Running has taught me to have confidence in my own strength, that I am strong enough to overcome any hurdles life may bring. My favorite places to run? Anywhere. There’s a beauty in any road & trail you run. I love to explore the world running so I can get to know new places, meet new friends, discover the tiniest trails. I am so proud to be the first RLAG ambassador in Europe. Let me take you on a running trip across some fine European cities & country sides! Up next: Berlin, Antwerp & Maastricht & of course some of Switzerland’s finest too!
I am a physiotherapist, owner of two clinics and mummy of three wonderful kids! I have been in competitive sports since I was a kid. I started running as a teenager when I joined the school track and field club. I was a hurdler and sprinter back then… I ran my first half marathon in 2009 as a challenge to get back in shape after giving birth of my second child… I have always lived by challenges and pushing myself trying new stuff has never been enough. GO big or GO home I always say. After running many half marathons, a full marathon and participating in the World championship of obstacle racing in the last three years, I needed something bigger for my 40th birthday… therefore I signed up for an Ironman for 2019!!
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 in 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 mission of making a difference in people’s life. It’s an honor for me to be a RLAG ambassadors for 2019!
Hi I’m Katie! I live in beautiful Southern Utah. I am a mom to four great kids, ages 13,11,7 and 5, 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 about three years ago. I was lucky enough to attend a Costa Rica retreat last year and so excited to be an ambassador this year.
I like to live by what I think are three pretty simple mottos: Run Everywhere, Eat Plants, and Choose Love. I’m also big on having fun even if my fun looks different than everyone else’s and to me..waking up at 3 in the morning to go running in the mountains is a boatload of fun. Luckily though, the running community is unlike any other.. and I have already made lifelong connections with people who share similar passions. Growing up in Pennsylvania with 9 siblings and a close knit family truly taught me the definition of team so being apart of the RLAG team means a lot to me! I currently live in Southern California where my favourite thing to do is go for a long run in the local mountains followed by a sunset swim in the pacific. Running has always allowed me to be my authentic self.. and raw authenticity is something I believe we need more of. I know we can all do hard things but those hard things will absolutely be less hard if we stick by each other and go at it together.
MELISSA, NORTH VANCOUVER BC
West coast transplant from Toronto, Mel Offner is a television and podcast host who has rediscovered her love for nature since moving to Vancouver. Her goal is to share her passion for movement and the outdoors with as many people as she can either via her work or through volunteering for different local organizations. In addition to hosting a podcast and producing content for her website, she also leads a weekly run club in North Vancouver called RUNDISTRIKT and teaches fitness part-time. This past year, she also started writing for Canadian Running Magazine, to share her love for all-things running. In her spare time, Mel trains for both road and trail races, a newfound passion since moving to the west coast. Some of favourite races to date include Survival of the Fittest, Malibu Half Marathon, Nike Women’s 15k, Carlsbad 5000, just to name a few!
Hey my name is Jen! Back in April 2016 I made a choice that changed my life. I decided to make myself a priority. I am a mother of 2 children and a hospice nurse. Since April 2016, have lost 110lbs, I learned to run and found a passion for it and inspiring others. I am a Fibro warrior! Living with Fibromyalgia (chronic widespread pain, fatigue, depression and anxiety) I never thought I would have become the woman I am today. Running has changed my life. Every day is a struggle but I feel like I can give people with barriers a voice. This past year I qualified twice and ran in the OCR world championships and represented Canada and people with fibromyalgia and came home with 4 medals. Go ahead, make the choice, make yourself a priority, I dare you!
DANIELA, COSTA RICA
I am Dani from Costa Rica. I am an adventurer passionate about: life, traveling, outdoors, nature adventure photography and being environmentally conscious.
I love to work with people and help others. I have been working in Human Resources for more than 5 years.
I started trail running 2 years ago with the @30gradostrailrunning team and I couldn’t be happier with the experiences I have enjoyed and the people that I have met.
I got to know about @runlikeagirl_ca in the 2018 @thecostalchallenge here in Costa Rica. I love the mission and how I can inspire others to start their own adventure. One of my purposes is to inspire
others to live their life to the fullest and with passion.
I am not a huge competitor but I love to see new places and run new trails. My next races for this semester are Vulcan race, Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja. This year I want to run my first 50K which will likely be in Rincon de la Vieja and I will hopefully participate and see you guys in the next Costa Rica retreat! #seemerlag
WILLA, AGASSIZ BC
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 Hannah Lutzker and I am an 8th grader in Park City, Utah. I live in an amazing place with so many fun outdoor activities year round! I really enjoy being active and outside, skiing, biking, and hiking with my dog, but my favorite thing to do is trail run! I have been running since the young age of six, when I started running with my dad. When I was seven I climbed the Grand Teton! At eight years old I appeared in the all female ski film Pretty Faces. I have completed and won many races over the last 7 years and I really like distance running the best! Some of my favorite events so far have been the Xterra Nationals 21K trail run in Snowbasin, Utah which I have completed multiple times, the 16 mile Jupiter Peak Steeplechase with over 3K of vertical climbing, and the Mid-Mountain Marathon here in Park City, UT! I have completed this marathon twice now, and improved my time by over an hour. I was very fortunate to get to travel to Hawaii and run in the Xterra World Championship 21K, I ended up being the 1st place female in my age group. This past summer I became the youngest girl to ever complete a 42 mile ultra trail race! I love trail running because of the amazing community of athletes, the beautiful scenery, and how it makes me feel free and challenged! I hope with my love of the outdoors and running along with RLAG, I can motivate and inspire more young girls to get out and run!
I am a science teacher who loves being outside any chance I can get. I started running 4 years ago as a way to be outside and manage my anxiety and have transitioned to trail running. In 2018 I ran my first 50K in the Snowy Mountains of Australia and started a women’s hiking group in Brisbane, Australia. The group is growing and I have just loved seeing women gaining confidence in being outside. 2019 will hopefully see me running in beautiful places, another 50K and plenty more hiking!
I love running because it is just for me. My time to disconnect from the world and zone out. I can run however I am feeling that day and go as far as I want. You could say i’m a little obsessed with running and cant imagine my life without it. It is when I feel most alive and most like myself. I’m excited to be apart of RLAG and hope to inspire others and become more involved in the running community.