Meet our RLAG Ambassador Leaders!
Ally – Calgary, AB
ANN – CALGARY, AB
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.
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!
Brie – 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.
Cassandra – Niagara Falls, ON
My name is Cassandra Boom, I’m a speaker, business owner and social media micro-influencer @cassandrablooms. I’m proudly African-Canadian and standing at 6’3” I was truly born to run! I run for my mental health mainly. It’s always been a very grounding activity for me that has helped me through grief, family crisis, illness and all of the heartbreaks. The pandemic has my usual low-grade anxiety at an all time high. I’m grateful for this deeply calming hobby of mine connecting me with wonderful women from all over! Cheers to motivating each other as we navigate these uncharted territories as a collective. Follow my in IG @cassandrablooms
Charla – Fairmont Hot Sprints, BC
Hello, I’m Charla and I currently live near Invermere BC! However I’ve lived a fairly nomadic life since moving to BC in 2015, meaning I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy the trails in Northern BC to Vancouver Island to the Sea to Sky Corridor to now the East Kootenays! I started running in my home province of Nova Scotia when I decided to attempt my first triathlon. I had grown up playing a lot of sports, but had never pursued running itself… I still remember running up the hill to my parents house, tears streaming down my face, clutching my crampy stomach, yelling to my mom, “I did it! I ran the entire 3km without stopping!” Since then running has become my therapeutic outlet! It’s when I was out running that I could truly de-stress while in graduate school, it’s where I made the life choice to move to BC away from my established comforts, it’s where I connect with myself, and also where I get to connect with others.
When I’m not running, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, kiteboarding, and pretty much any activity that will get me outdoors! I work as a physiotherapist, a yoga teacher and enjoy implementing new sustainable and renewables means of living on our beautiful earth!!
Charlotte – Chicoutimi, QC
Christina – North Vancouver, BC
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!
CINDI – WILLIAMS LAKE, BC
Hello!!! My name is Cindi and I live in Williams Lake, BC.
When I am not outside running, paddle-boarding, hiking, cross country skiing or walking my spouse and dog, I keep myself in run-tastic shape by teaching indoor cycling (spin) at my community gym. During the week days and in my “day job”, I work as a Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician. I love this job because it enables me to promote mental health and wellness via exercise, self care and positive self esteem to children and youth. I also teach in the Social Work and Education Program at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Williams Lake campus. I am passionate about teaching other human service practitioners and similar professionals the importance about caring for them self and incorporating the idea of self care in their day to day life to avoid burnout. I hope 2020 is an amazing year for us all, and I look forward to getting to know others on the trails and while we eat pre-and-post run carb meals 🙂
I ALSO hope to find some travel buddies to participate in the RLAG destination adventures!!!
Ellie – Peaslake, SY, England
Erica – CORNERBROOK, NF
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. Fast forward 8 years, I have completed a dozen Half-Marathons, A Marathon and Two Ultra’s. 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 wandering through the woods with my dogs and partner, volunteering at our local running club, rounding up a crew to hit the trails with my trail running group, Tuckamore Trail Runners or curled up on the couch with my furbabies and a good book. 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 four. While 2020 was challenging for us all, I can’t wait to see what 2021 will bring. Here is to a new year with an amazing group of women, I can’t wait to meet you!
JESSY – Scottsdale, AZ
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.
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!
Kate – ANCHORAGE, AK
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.
KERI – CANMORE, AB
After years of battling the weight loss roller coaster, I found my passion in fitness. I love sharing my passion and igniting it into others to reach those goals and summits they did not believe they were capable of. 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 educate others. As a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, I have been positively impacting lives of nationally and internationally ranked athletes as well as teams, and working with everyone from teens to seniors.
My passion for the mountains has me working as a running coach, a race director for Canadian Death Race, as well as a strategic advisor and a racer with many other running events throughout North America. I am also the organizer and leader of multiple mountain running and snowshoe training camps. Further, I actively work as an Interpretive Hiking and Snowshoe Guide.
The next leg of my journey has and is taking me on long distances thru hiking and embracing the disconnect to reconnect on a deeper level with nature and all it has to offer.
Kolbi – Sheridan, WY
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.
Laura – COCHRANE, AB
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.
MICHELE – POTTSTOWN, 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 .
Rebecca – Te Anau, Southland, NZ
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 🇦🇺💙
Roxanne – BELLEGARDE, SK
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.
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.
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.
Tracy – Prescott Valley, AZ
Hi! I’ve lived in several states, but now I live in Arizona. My husband and I recently bought our first home, luckily on 5 acres where we’ve started updating and making plans for remodeling and living that homestead life. We have 3 cats, 2 muscovy “ducks” (rescued and rehabbed 1), 2 bunnies I found abandoned in the desert (that’s a crazy story), and more to come like alpacas. I’m a former Forest Service employee for trails and wildland fire. My husband is gone most of the year on deployment.
I’m about to turn 38 and have been running most of my life, from track to ultramarathon distances. I’m grateful for winning races and just finishing some of them! I’ve taken a lot of time off social media as I focus and dig really deep into personal growth and healing. Mental health is very important and close to my heart as I battle depression and anxiety. For the first time in my life I’m working with a therapist, using transitional breath therapy. I’m way into holistic wellness. The running community in itself has meant a lot to me, the RLAG community has been a positive uplifting and caring place to be a part of. I want this year to be a year full of release, resilience, growth, and joy.
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!