Meet our RLAG Ambassador Street Team!
Hi everyone! Courtney from Caesarea, ON. It’s a tiny little town on Lake Scugog near Port Perry. I have a 215lbs English Mastiff Yukon, an orange tabby Rocky, a Bengal kitten Rambo. I started trail running 2-3 years ago with Lucy Malarkey and haven’t looked back since. Messed up my knee on my first 50km, that I did in road shoes 😞, said I would never do one again…signed up for another one a few weeks later. Since then I have completed the several 50km’s and Squamish 50/50, my first 50m, and then DNF my first 100m three weeks later. So for this year I signed up for the 50/50 again and the same 100m three weeks later! Plus some another 100m at the end of May just because I’m a sucker for punishment! Looking forward to getting to know all of you!
Sarah is a multisport athlete from Anchorage, Alaska. Originally from the UK, she moved to Alaska in 2008 for graduate school, fell in love with the mountains, and pretty much never left! When she’s not hard at work at her day job (cancer research), you can find her swimming, biking, running, hiking, SUP-ing, and getting outside with her four legged friend, Felix. She and her husband recently finished their Sprinter van conversion, which allows them to explore even more of the Last Frontier! Sarah loves to travel, and her favourite way to discover new places is on two feet.
Hello Beautiful People! My name is Kim. I live in the Beautiful Fraser Valley, BC, Canada. I’m so happy to be part of this Totally Awesome RLAG Team for my second year. I am a mama to the most wonderful 21 year old daughter. I am a teacher, personal trainer, most recently uni student. I grew up dancing and was never a huge fan of running but have found pure joy in pushing my limits with running. I love adventure, a challenge, obstacle running, trail running, hiking, anything in the trees, in the mountains. That is my happy place. I have done many 5kms, 10kms, halfs, mini obstacle runs, and Tough Mudders. I love the mud! My adventures have taken me all over the world, but honestly my favourite place to travel is in our own back yard (as they say). By far one of my favourite adventures… (3X) Bowron Lakes Full Circuit (my IDEAL vacay). This year my biggest adventure will be the Yukon River Quest. 2020 is definitely going to be a year of #befearless #beinthemoment . I look forward to hearing every one’s stories and sharing experiences over this year and possibly meeting many of you at local events.
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!
Hi! My name is Mariana. I am originally from Mexico City but moved to Canada, specifically North Vancouver, when I was 10 years old. Growing up in North Vancouver surrounded by mountains and ocean made getting outside very accessible. I developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors and found myself wanting to explore more and more. I love any activity that gets me outside and challenges me. Bonus points if I get to share it with a group of people. I will almost never say no to an adventure. Being outside in nature brings me a deep sense of belonging and freedom and therefore feel happiest and most like myself when I’m doing something active outside. Whenever I feel restless or anxious I put on my running shoes and just go. I usually find that once I’m done my run, I feel centered, clear-minded and ready to tackle anything. I am excited to be able to share it with a passionate community like RLAG seeking adventures, challenges and experiences that gets you out of your comfort zone. My running experience is mostly for my own recreational enjoyment however I was jokingly discussing with a friend that I wanted to run an ultramarathon this year. One thing lead to another and I am now registered to run my first ultra this summer. I am stoked to be part of this team and look forward to connecting, creating and exploring together!
I’m Valerie from the suburbs of Vancouver. My running journey started about 7 years ago when the 80 pounds I had lost in my early 20’s started creeping back. I could barely make it around the block! Since then I’ve run 7 half marathons, one full marathon and last summer my first 30k trail run. This year I’m excited to step into the world of ultras with my first 50k. This year also will bring for me my 2nd half Ironman which I’m so excited about! When I’m not running, my full time job is a police dispatcher and I am also an on call victim services crisis worker. I love to hike and last year did my first multi day self sustained trek on the Juan de Fuca Trail. This year I’ll be doing the Westcoast Trail with a group of amazing girls. I spend any spare time I have travelling with my husband to as many places as I can go. My favourites so far have been Everest Base Camp, sailing the Whitsundays in Australia and scuba diving in Honduras. I used to compete on a recreational level in CrossFit and continue from time to time as well as recently fell in love with indoor bouldering.
I’m a 2nd year RLAG street team ambassador but have been part of the RLAG family for 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
I’m so excited to be a part of the RLAG Street team!! I fell head over heels with running back when I was in high school and joined the cross country team, and I’ve been running ever since! So far I’ve run 23 full marathons, 30 halfs, and a couple of 50ks. I’ve qualified for Boston 5 times (ran it in 2009), but also ran Chicago, the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco and the Near Death Marathon in Grande Cache last summer. I’ve set my sights on more of those distances this year, but the big cheese is the Sinister 7, 50 mile in July! As a mental health counsellor I ABSOLUTELY promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. I’ve seen so many positive changes in my clients when they take up running/walking. In my previous career as a teacher, my favourite time of year was when I coached the elementary cross country team and organized cross country meets for the schooL district! There was nothing more exciting for me to see young kids cross the finish line, feeling accomplished. We all know that feeling! This is why I am here with Run Like a Girl: to encourage, inspire and support the love of running, goal achievement and to help build resilience…. because ultimately, THAT’s what builds strong women.
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!!!
I’m Jane, I live in Vancouver and work as a registered massage therapist. I have an awesome spouse and the best little fuzzy trail buddy you could ask for.
I got to know RLAG as a participant in the very first Costa Rica retreat (see Carre Dawson ‘s post for group pic😍) and I have been an RLAG enthusiast ever since! Retreats, races, group runs and more swag then my significant other needs to know about! I love the positive and supportive atmosphere that RLAG has created and look forward to giving back as a street team ambassador
I’ve been running and doing triathlons for many years. I am mostly a happy participant more then a competitor but like to set goals and try new things. 2019 I plan to run my first ‘official’ 50km in April and will be racing Ironman Coeur D’Alene 70.3 at the end of June.
My name is Mylene, I’m from Québec, Canada and I’m 43 years old. I started running about 10 years ago. For me, running is not an individual sport. I met extraordinary people and some are now good friend of fine. We train together, we participate in official races together and most important, we have fun. Some of the best moments in my life are related to that sport. I’m not a fast runner .It’s fun before performance. Everybody and all the bodies’ types can run and have fun!! I love sharing my passion…
Je m’appelle Mylène, je vis au Québec, Canada et j’ai 43 ans. J’ai commencé à courir il y a environ 10 ans. Pour moi, la course n’est pas un sport individuel. J’ai rencontré des personnes extraordinaires et certaines sont désormais de très bonnes amies. Nous nous entraînons ensemble, nous participons à des courses officielles ensemble et le plus important, nous nous amusons. Certains des meilleurs moments de ma vie sont liés à ce sport. Je ne suis pas une coureuse rapide. ..Pour moi c’est le plaisir bien avant la performance. Tout le monde et tous les types de corps peuvent courir et s’amuser !! J’adore partager ma passion …
Eight years ago I traded cigarettes for running shoes and have been challenging myself since then to reach some wild goals. Running has become the activity that brings sanity and calm into my life. For me, running is something to do for the joy of it and to beat my own goals, not to compete with others. Once I started trail running, I discovered a whole new world and fell in love with the trees and mountains. I thought ultras were tough, until I had a baby last August. How humbling, to have your life turned upside down by a little human who is completely dependent on you! After taking the time to let my body and mind heal, I’ve returned to running – often with my baby in the stroller. I have some big goals for this summer, but what I’m looking forward to the most is the journey to get me there. Run Like a Girl to me, is a supportive and positive community of people who cheer each other on and pull each other up. It’s a safe space where we can reach our goals together, whether we are newbie runners or pro athletes. We listen to each others ideas without judgment and help each other feel confident and strong. I’m excited to be a part of the RLAG Ambassador team and to connect with others this year.
Trudy has a hard time admitting that she’s a “runner”, even though she’s been running most of her life. She started running to improve physical fitness and enhance her athletic performance. She failed to find the “fun” in it, but has always recognized the positive impact it has. Today, running for Trudy means more than just the physical act of moving one foot in front of the other. For her, running is about being outdoors, getting sweaty, nourishing her soul by spending quality time with family, engaging with community, crushing goals, all while supporting and inspiring those around her. She spends many early mornings with Edmonton’s November Project, plays both women’s and coed soccer, and can be found exploring the trails in Northern and Central Alberta with the 5 Peaks trail running crew. (She’s a 5 Peaks Ambassador for 2020, so if you want to learn more about those races, be sure to ask!) Trudy thrives on helping others set and reach their goals. She rocks a positive attitude, has a genuine love and appreciation for life, and is consistently trying new things and encouraging others to do the same. She believes running should be inclusive, accessible and yes, even fun!
I’m a busy mum of three from the sunny Gold Coast, Queensland! My foray into running is relatively new and came about in February 2017, about 3 months into my recovery from viral encephalitis (after bowel surgery) which had left me with cognitive impairment, memory loss, speech problems and numbness in my hands and feet. I woke up on the morning of Feb 6th and told my husband that I felt like running, so I did. 9 weeks later I completed my first half marathon, followed closely by 2 more halves and then a full marathon just a few months later. I was hooked! After surgery for a thyroid tumour in June 2018, I decided to challenge myself and tackle my first 100km ultramarathon 2 months later – and loved it. A short stint on the sidelines for a total hysterectomy in January 2019 and I was back to half marathoning within 3 months, followed by a 42km, 50km and another 100km by September. In the 3 years since I’ve started running I’ve enjoyed clocking up nearly 6000 kilometres, 36 half marathons, 5 full marathons, 5 ultramarathons (50 – 100km) and numerous triathlons, with my next goals being Ironman 70.3 and a 100 miler. I love RLAG as it promotes the things that I hold dear to my heart – determination, perseverance and resilience. I want to do it all and help other girls do it all too!
Hey! My name is Jen. I am lucky enough to be married to my best friend and I have 3 pretty amazing kids. I live in the stunning Fraser Valley. I am so excited to be part of this fabulous community! I am newish to the running community. I only started running a little over a year ago. My first ever race was the 10 km Live Love Run race. After that race, I was hooked. In 2019 I set some pretty big goals for myself. I completed my first ever Tough Mudder, Valley Vertikiller, as well as 2 half marathons! I love running in the trails to help me clear my mind. I also enjoy a good old fashion road run every once in a while. My hope is that as part of the RLAG Street Team I can encourage woman to be fearless and take that first step to becoming the best version of themselves. See you on the trails!
Hi, my name is Shari. I live near Sundre, Alberta. I am a physiotherapist, a mom of two girls aged 10 and 12 and the partner of a farmer/rancher. Since I am a self-professed poor excuse of a farm-wife, I make sure to keep working full-time in town (which is what every farmer really needs anyway). I love where I live and the access to wide open spaces ideal for running and skiing; two of my favorites. I learned of RLAG in the not so distant past when I signed up for a trip to Iceland in 2018. It was an incredible trip with a group of incredible women. The voices of RLAG have been one of the virtual supports that have reminded me of where I came from and where I want to go. I loved hiking and backpacking through my 20s but with kids a few things got put on the back burner. However, kids also reinforced the need to hang on to “me”, so I kept running. I am back to backpacking (a bit) and I have progressed from someone who runs just for a little exercise to running 25k races “consistently” and last year ran my first 50k Ultra. A few set backs and detours along the way but we all carry on! As I am very much in the “mid-life crisis” stage of my life , I look forward to seeing how I continue to grow while also cheering on my kids and friends in their endeavors.
Hi everyone…. I’m Tanya. I live in Penticton, BC in the Okanagan Valley. This is my second year as an ambassador and so thrilled to be a part of the RLAG team and family. I am training this year for my first 50k ultra in May. I enjoy running road, but love trail running even though I’m a little slow at it. I love running through the trees on the way up to a summit. When I am not running or working, I can definitely be found shredding on my mountain bike for 3 seasons of the year, road riding, hiking, road tripping, camping, snowshoeing and crafting. I’m always up for a new adventure and a new trail. I am looking forward to being more involved in events and hoping to inspire more women in my area to get outside and push past their existing limits.
My name is Whitney and I am a stay at home mom to three energetic kiddos. My two oldest are in elementary school and my youngest is 4 and in preschool; which can make running challenging at times.
We live in sunny Southern Arizona. I am luck to live where the weather is beautiful most of the year. I have been running for about five years. And I love running both on the road as well as on the awesome desert trails that we have out here. I am an ultra marathoner, a half marathoner, and this year I will be able to add marathoner to my resume. I love putting in the miles and the time. I like to think of running as my therapy. As a busy mom, it’s my time to solve the world’s problems, work through my issues, and have some quiet time. I am so excited to be a part of the Street team this year; and to share my love for running with others.
MARLYN, HERDIA-COSTA RICA
Hi. I am Mar. I live in Heredia, Costa Rica. I’m a dancer, but in September 2018 I decided it was time to get out the studio and hit the trails… and I loved it. In May 2019 I finished my first 21K. I did it because I wanted to prove myself that I could push my own limits and because I fell in love with the experience of sharing with Mother Nature while running. One of my main inspirations is my son, Nicolás. I want to teach him to live limitless, be brave, and do what he loves and enjoys. The best way of teaching him is by being a good role model. Fun facts about me: I dance while I am running, so probably will never win a race (enjoying the moment is more important LOL); I love mud (it makes me happy); I finished my first 6K run just because my husband promised he was taking me to eat pizza after the race. I am super exited to start this adventure with the RLAG community and full of energy to work hard in my country, so there will be more people being inspired every day. ¡Pura Vida!
Hi, I’m Jordanna! I’m a sea to sky adventure-loving trail runner who calls Okotoks, Alberta home. From trail running to paddleboarding and all the hikes in between, my husband and I are raising our two young kids to appreciate their mountainous backyard and the many adventures and life lessons it brings. I’ve recently formed a women’s trail running group in my local community with two of my girlfriends (and training buddies) as we want to encourage women to hit the trails and have fun doing so. This is my second year as a Street Team Ambassador for RLAG and it is such a privilege to be a part of this inspiring and encouraging community.
LEANNE, ST. ALBERT-AB
I’m Leanne from St. Albert, Alberta and I’m so excited to be back for my second year on the RLAG Street Team. I started running about 7 years ago after adopting a very active puppy, through our adventures I discovered a love for endurance sports having gone on to complete several marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons. This year I’m planning to race less and have more adventures with my dogs, gain more confidence on my mountain bike and spend more time in my kayak but first I’m hoping to tackle my first 24 hour track race. I can’t wait to see all of your adventures in 2020. Happy running!
My name is Patti. I am from Winnipeg, MB. I am a wife, a mother/ stepmother to 3 kickass kids, a dog mom, an educational assistant and a runner. I never thought of myself as a runner. In fact, I started running almost by accident. I always loved spending time outdoors with my kids. Hiking, biking, walking. Then in 2005, we got our first dog. I began running casually just to keep up with him. I would never have called myself a runner. I ran about 5km but always “for the dog”. I was never going to do anything “crazy” like a 1/2 or full marathon. Fast forward a few years and I have now done countless 1/2’s, 3 full marathons and I just registered for my first 50km trail race. (GULP) Running has never been about racing for me but about challenging myself to see how far I can go. It is about pushing myself out of my comfort zones and has now become about helping others through theirs.. The more I get involved with my local running community the more fantastic people I get to meet. Their energy is infectious and helps keep me going. Run Like A Girl has become part of that over the years (virtually as opposed to locally). They have helped motivate, educate and inspire me to be the runner and person that I am. I hope I can, in some small way, do the same for others. I am so excited to have been invited into the fold of this wonderful running family for 2020. I can”t wait for all the adventures coming our way!
Hello! My name is Becky, and I am excited to be a RLAG Regional Leader. I live in Southern Minnesota and am a teacher and a coach. I have always been active and love sports; however, I did not start running until after I had my third child and decided to complete a Run Like a Girl 5k with a friend. After that I was hooked and signed up for my first marathon in Fargo, ND. Running has brought me many unforgettable memories and lots of great relationships. Some of my favorites are running Ragnar races and completing the NYC marathon. Besides running, I teach high school and college courses and coach high school girls’ volleyball and boys’ basketball. When I coach, I go beyond just the x’s and o’s. I believe in developing the whole person and creating a family atmosphere. This is why I spend mornings running strength and conditioning sessions with high school athletes as well as holding weekly sessions on leadership and the mental game. When I am not coaching or participating in athletics, I am watching my three children participate in various activities. One of my favorite things to do is travel with my family and find new running routes. My vacation runs are always one of the best parts of any trip. I look forward to developing relationships and gaining inspiration from all of you.
ALYSSA, HOFFMAN ESTATES – IL
My name is Alyssa Hansen. I am a 7th grade mathematics teacher, softball, JV & Varsity girls basketball coach and a site coordinator for Girls on the Run. Although my after school schedule is pretty full, I always make sure to find time for my passion, running. I fell in love with running a little over three years ago and have never looked back. I continually improve and get stronger with each run and I love being able to test my limits, break through barriers and see what my body is really capable of. Being able to achieve something I once thought was impossible is the most addicting, indescribable feeling I have ever experienced. I cannot believe how lucky I am to partner with such an incredible group like RLAG. My goal is to inspire girls to build lives of purpose and to make a meaningful contribution to community and society. I want to help young ladies achieve their dreams and understand how limitless their potential is!
CHRISTINE, SAN FRANCISCO-CA
Lover of all things Christmas, Disney, Olympics, Donuts and Running! Christine loves being a RLAG ambassador as running is her way of meeting really cool people while also getting a workout in. She also volunteers on a few non-profit board. She lives and runs in San Francisco, CA so thankfully besides some foggy days (thanks Karl!), she can pretty much run outdoors year round!
I grew up in a small town in southern Ontario. Having grown up without much interest in sport or exercise, on a whim, I decided to give running a try at age 35. As the story goes for most runners, it wasn’t long before I was hooked. A 5k turned into a 10k. A 10k turned into a half-marathon. A half marathon turned into a full marathon. Roads turned to trails, and I have spent the past few years conquering ultramarathons and multi-day stage races. Although it started merely as a casual interest, my commitment to running evolved to a need to chase new goals and challenge limits. Additionally, I had a strong desire to demonstrate to others that it could be done – that I COULD manage a full time job, a household, a child, personal commitments, AND a rigorous running/training plan. I felt that if I could do it, anyone could do it. Being busy is a choice, and we can always find the time for things that are important to us or that bring significance to our lives. I’m beyond grateful for the friends I’ve made through this sport, and for the opportunity to run in some pretty cool places! I’m thrilled to share my passion with the RLAG team and look forward to being a part of this wonderfully encouraging community.
Hi my name is Leanne, I’m married to my biggest supporter (celebrating 30 years in 2020) and mom to three amazing, adventurous, kind hearted young adults! At the age of 29 I lost my mom to breast cancer, years later a friend suggested we participate in The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, a 2 day/60km walk. I continued to do so for the 7 years it was hosted in Ottawa, Canada. After the 2nd year of walking, I began to run. First it was from lamp post to lamp post, then city block to city block. I signed up for my first 5K in 2008, then 10K, half marathon and, after a few set backs, completed my first marathon in 2013. The mental and emotional benefits that running offers is something I have come to really value. In 2015 I was introduced to trail running and discovered I loved the challenge of long distance running. I have now completed several marathons, 100km races and my personal favourite — stage-racing. When you are pushing limits and stripping away everything but the bare essentials, you discover a mental toughness that can get you through just about anything. Trail running allows you to meet people you may not cross paths with in your regular life; in the trails it doesn’t matter what job you have or how much money you earn. We simply want each other to succeed. I believe if you set a goal, make a plan and work hard, anything is possible! Keep Chasing Dreams!
I am a later in life runner & yoga instructor. I started running to loose weight & to help with stress. I did not take running serious until 3 years ago when I hired a running coach to help me improve form & train more consistently for an upcoming race. Running has given me renewed sense of self confidence, it challenges me to get outside of my comfort zone & to push my boundaries. I have met so many amazing people & formed friendships through running & through the RLAG Facebook group. I had no idea when I started running that it would take me on this journey but I am certainly excited to see where I go next!
Hi, I’m Jaime! I’m so honored to be a part of the RLAG Team here in Alberta. I live close to the Rocky Mountains and have 2 very active boys! So we’re usually trying to go for family adventures on the weekends; hiking, nature walks or exploring new places!
Running is my passion and I hope to check off 2 big races this year! I love encouraging women to get active, find adventure and push themselves out of their comfort zone. Something I’m trying more of myself this year! Here’s to a great 2020!
Shelley Hatfield is the instructor of the beginner/10K Abbotsford run clinics with Kintec. She started running over 20 years ago, and has over 200 races to her name, starting with the Vancouver Sun Run in 1997. Spending many years involved in running communities across Metro Vancouver, taking the next step to becoming a fitness instructor came naturally to Shelley. She now hosts fun running events every week with her fitness group, Over The Top Fitness. Each week, she invites runners to have fun by planning small activities between miles. For her, running is her form of meditation; she says it’s the time she gets to ‘shut her brain off and focus on breathing,’ when she can go outside and forget everything for a while. From 5Ks to marathons, Shelley has trained to do her best for each race. Now, she says, she wants to focus more on helping new runners achieve their goals.
I have been running for 18 years. Initially my focus was road running and races but over the past 10 years my love of trail running has continued to grow! 3 years ago I started training for and running ultras which has been very exciting! I am fascinated with pushing my limits and reaching new goals. My race schedule continues to be filled with road races, trail runs, and ultra marathons – I love the variety and the challenges that this gives me! Happy Running!
Hi team! I am incredibly proud to be part of the RLAG team. My first exposure to the community was through the first Costa Rica adventure retreat, which was life-changing in many ways. The women I met on that experience have inspired me in many areas of my life. Seven years ago, I experienced a back injury. After rehabbing and starting to run again through road races, I found my groove with the trails. It was these women that inspired me further to fall in love with the sport of triathlon and I haven’t looked back since! This year my goal is to push myself farther on the trails, running the Be Fearless Trail Marathon on June 8th and conquering the Coeur d’Alene 70.3 Ironman on June 28th!
On the personal front, I work in beverage alcohol (it’s all about balance!), managing the Guinness chain business for the Pacific NW of the USA -when I’m not on the trails, I’m in the air! I married my best friend last year and have a (fearless) ten-year-old step son that loves joining me on the trails with his bike. I finished my MBA last year and count my blessings that is behind me, so I have more time to run bike and swim this year!
My name is Candace De Long. I am from Tulsa, Oklahoma and started running in 2014 as a way to help get in shape and lose weight. I never considered myself athletic and hated PE in school. One local 5k race and I was hooked. I started running as many 5ks as my schedule and budget would permit. I was fine with running short distances and never really wanted to run anything longer than that. I had friends who ran marathons but I never had the desire to do one at that time. This was until my sister volunteered at our local marathon. After seeing that everyone can run a marathon, we signed up for our first half marathon. I was in denial that I could ever run that far but we took a year to gradually increase our distance. We ran the course as our last long run and only then did I discover that I could actually go the distance. Just like I was hooked at 5ks, I became hooked at the half marathon distance. Since that first half marathon in 2015, I have fallen in love with long distance running completing 25 half marathons and 4 full marathons. Our plans for 2020 include several half and full marathons and even a couple of ultra marathons for fun.
Hi everyone, I’m Randi, I live in Nanaimo, BC with my dog Miles.
I followed RLAG on Facebook before deciding to sign up for the Costa Rica retreat in 2015. I was never overly active growing up and a little shy, so signing up was a motivation for me to get in better shape physically, start running and get out of my comfort zone. That was the best experience for me and has helped to grow my confidence in my ability to conquer new challenges. After returning, I was able to train for my first road half marathon.
Since then I have returned to Costa Rica and conquered the tree climb, gone on the RLAG Peru trip, fallen in love with trail running and ran my first trail half marathon at Be Fearless last June.
I have made so many wonderful friends through RLAG trips and the running community. I can’t say enough nice things about Courtney and Dayna and am thankful for the adventures that I’ve been on with them. I feel super excited to be a Street Ambassador for RLAG.
Coming up I’m currently training to run the Antelope Canyon half in March and the Be Fearless half in a June.
Hi there my name is Jodi and I live in NY and am super excited to be part of the Street Team for RLAG. I have had some amazing runs over the last several years and gotten to raise money for some great causes seeing beautiful parts of this country. I can’t wait for what 2020 has in store! I have two sons and two fur babies and have a husband that lugs all my supplies for me. I consider myself blessed for sure.
My name is Emily Lewis – newly married to the love of my life and mom to 3 kiddos – 10 years old, 7 years old, and 5 years old. Originally from Arizona and now living in a small town in Missouri, my days are filled between my full-time job as a Public Safety Dispatcher, running a successful business, and volunteering with our local CASA organization. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling with my husband, crafting, coaching my daughter’s soccer team, keeping up with my oldest son’s baseball and soccer leagues, and laughing with my youngest and most wild and crazy one! Growing up, I was an athlete, playing soccer, softball, and running track. During my adult years, I’ve struggled with mindset, consistency, and have had really great athletic highs and lows. I definitely embrace the mentality of work hard, play hard. I have a passion for life, enjoy trying anything once, and always strive to seek out new adventures. 2 of my greatest adventure accomplishments – completing Ragnar SoCal with my teammates and the RLAG Squamish Adventure Retreat! I can’t wait to connect with all of you, share my 2020 journey through my goals and adventures, hear all about yours, and cheer you on from the sidelines!
I’m Kimberly for Calgary, Alberta. I am beyond excited to be joining the RLAG Street team. I am an Interior Designer and have owned my own company for the past 8 years. I am married to my best friend and #1 cheerleader as well am a mom to 3 amazing young adults that inspire me everyday! I started running 14 years ago to fundraise money for Joints In Motion. My son at the age of 10 was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. My husband and I felt helpless watching him suffer in pain so we decided to get active and raise awareness and funds to help battle this ugly disease. Why not start with a half marathon in Jamaica? While training we found out our daughter had it as well so we were extra motivated to raise awareness. I absolutely fell in love with running and have never looked back. Running has taken me all over the world. My favourite thing to do in a new town or city is to lace up and go exploring. I have met so many brave, strong, good hearted people in this sport. My biggest accomplishment was definitely completing my 3rd marathon. Road running is usually where you can find me but over the past couple of years I have ventured onto the trail. Nothing beats that mountain fresh air! I am always up for adventure and very outdoorsy. If I am not running you can find me on my my road bike, mountain biking , hiking, camping, snowboarding, or snowshoeing in the winter. I am excited to see where 2020 will lead and what new paths await. It is an honour to stand with the RLAG community sharing my passion and hopefully inspiring and encouraging others along the way!
I live in Fort Langley, BC. I didn’t come back to the outdoors until about 10years ago. I always ran or went to the gym but I limited myself to that. It took one person to say let’s go for a hike and it’s changed my life. From sprint triathlon’s, trail running, hiking, mountain biking, snow boarding, golfing, ball, spartan races and you name it. If it’s outside and or on a mountain, I’m game. Usually with people looking at me like “seriously?” I try to encourage others to get outside and get out of their comfort zone. Challenge themselves personally and physically. Just because I’m a single mom of 2 very busy kids doesn’t mean there isn’t time to still do the things we love and enjoy. Makes us better humans and better parents. Last year I had back surgery and it was slow and steady getting my legs and lungs back. This year I have a few big bike and run events I liked to tackle and possibly try my hand at a 50km. Plus complete another spartan trifecta. It’s good to have goals, right?!
Hey all! I am 44 years-old, a Single mom of an amazing 22-year old daughter and California girl. I work in mental health services. I love to Run, camp bake, cook and eat! (Not a fan of cleaning!) I humbly accept the role of Street Team Ambassador for the Run Like A Girl Global Community. I was introduced to the world of running by my father when I was 5 (he was enamored by a good 10K). At the age of 7, he introduced me to racing when he took me to run the “Bunny Run” on Easter weekend. It was during that race when I truly fell I love with running and set my first life goal: to run a marathon! I ran competitively in high school, and on my own afterward. At age 25, I completed my first half marathon and at 40, I completed that life goal via the Santa Rosa Marathon (with the help of my dear friend Eileen). This May, I will take on the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon with my daughter, for her first marathon. Although my father has moved on from this life, his love for running lives on in myself and my daughter. Typically, I run alone, and find the psychological aspect a wonderful challenge! Ambassadorship is new to me! I look forward to the challenge, chance to officially represent the Run Like A Girl Global Community and opportunity to share my love for the sport with others.
My name is Wendi and I hail from Calgary, Alberta and trail running is my solace…I’ve been running for about 8 years, having started as a “later in life” runner. I started because I was jealous of all the friends my hubby had and as a mom to two young boys, I never really had any friends outside of our house (we moved across the country and away from our entire family when our boys were 2.5 and 1.5yrs old). I started with road running as I had thought that was the only thing out there until I discovered the mountains and the joy of running. We live about 20 minutes from the Rocky Mountains, so it’s easy to get there. Now that my boys are almost ready for University, I get to spend a great deal of time out in our mountain playground. I’ve completed my first 3 day multi-day trail running event, twice, last August first in Colorado and then a week later in Revelstoke and I’m headed back there to complete the last 3 days of the full 6 day event in Colorado and I’m hoping to be able to complete the Golden Ultra 120k this fall.
Hey 🙂 I am Christie and I live in Vancouver, B.C. I am so grateful to be included as part of the RLAG Street Team this year. I love trail running and have met some of my favourite people through this great adventure-loving community. I have been running for 5 years. I started on the trails chasing a friend who was training for a 50 miler. I went out for my first trail race and was genuinely amazed by how happy everyone on course was and I wanted in. I am grateful every day to live near mountains and appreciate so much the chance to run around on them every weekend with friends. Running with friends makes for a happy life 🙂 The other best parts of my life include my 3 children (18 yrs, 15 yrs, 11yrs) who like to hang out with me more after I run 🙂 and a demanding but really fulfilling job in Child & Youth Mental Health. I have run ultras and a stage race in some beautiful places in Canada and the U.S. I spent most of last year learning to swim and cycle and did my first 70.3 Ironman in Whistler in 2018. So looking forward to getting to know some of you! meeting you at RLAG races and runs this year.
I’m a 30 something year old new runner from Alberta, Canada who’s not afraid of a little cold weather running (though I tap out at about -25C) I started just over a year and a half ago as a way to combat depression and I jumped in with both feet signing up for my first ultra marathon before I could even run 5km. Needless to say my first ultra resulted in a DNF; but I’m back this year working hard to crush that goal. This new hobby of mine has given me so much; I met a whole community that shows such support and encouragement and I’m happy to be able to pass that along to others.
CHRISTIE, BLIND BAY-BC
I’m originally from northern Alberta,
born and raised in the same community for 40 years until just this year when my husband and I made Blind Bay, BC our new home. We are a blended family – I have two amazing kids,
a 21 year old daughter and 18 year old son, he has 3 amazing daughters – 25, 23 and 20, and the cutest and most loving little yorkie, our Sophie girl. A few years ago a girlfriend and I went to the first RLAG Squamish retreat. I have always been fairly active, but most of my activity was basically to try and keep the weight down rather than the love of it. I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since my early 20s so my focus was always how many calories am I burning, never about the pleasure of the activity.
The retreat made a huge shift in me, I realized I loved doing all this stuff. I loved all of the people, meeting the RLAG ladies and other retreat members inspired me and made me want to be that person! Not worrying about my thighs and calories burned, but getting out there and actually enjoying it, challenging myself, taking in nature and completely taking advantage of how much my soul benefited from it all. A month later, I decided to join my step dad as he is an avid runner and was always asking me to join. I really didn’t want to do the roads as the trees and dirt were a huge part of what made me feel so great, so we joined a local trail running group a friend had just started.
SIMONE, MAPLE RIDGE-BC
I’m Simone. I’m in the beautiful west coast of BC. I’ve been running for about 15 years, and for the last 10 years my playground has been on the mountains. My heart definitely belongs to the forest and all things muddy. I dabble in long distance trail running and long distance road cycling. I have a 8 month old goldendoodle. He loves the mountains as much as I do and I can’t wait for him to start running with me. My motto has always been “I run like a girl. I play in the mud like a boy. But I clean up like Marilyn Monroe
Hey! My name is Laura and I currently call Kelowna, BC my home. I love sharing adventures with my husband and two small boys. I started running in my 20s and completed my first triathlon when I was 25. After doing the Squamish RLAG adventure last summer I started doing trail runs and absolutely love it. You can find me outdoors 365 days a year, skiing, hiking, swimming and pushing myself to try new activities with friends and family. I am stoked to be a part of the RLAG team and am looking forward to new adventures being a part of this rad community of badass women.
LAUREN, MAPLE RIDGE-BC
I’ve been running since late 2014 mostly road but discovered trails this year and have since spent majority of my time running off road discovering the trails at Golden Ears mountain in my backyard! I have 4 “boys” in my life; husband Garry, 2 sons Colby(18) and Nolan (15), Neptune my partner in crime and running partner is my 2 year old Australian Shepherd. I have a Disney addiction and in 2019 will be running back to back races in Disney world (Star Wars challenge 10k/half)!
2019 will be a year of firsts! I have signed up
for my first full marathon (eek!) and first trail half marathon (Be Fearless!)
I am lucky enough to have a day job I love that allows me to spend a good portion of my time in the Okanagan where I spend my non working time running those trails, discovering wine country and running a charity for marginalized homeless and their pets!