Meet our RLAG Ambassador Social Team!

Adriana – Cochrane, AB

Adriana Wild is a Vice Principal of a Junior/Senior High School in Cochrane, Alberta who loves to run in her spare time, whether it’s on the road or on the trails. She loves sharing her passion for running with her colleagues and students, and has led various Girls Run For It programs and run clubs at schools. Her running accomplishments include winning the 2018 Calgary Marathon 50Km, becoming the 2018 ACU National 50k Female Champion, and winning the 2018 Banff Marathon, setting a new women’s course record that year. In addition, she holds two Guiness Book of World Records in conjunction with Calgary Marathon events: Fastest Marathon by a linked team (female) in 2017, and the furthest distance ran on a treadmill in 24 hours (female team) in 2016. She lives by her favourite motto, “Carpe Diem” and is a prime example of pursuing a passion, exploring the world, and living life to the fullest.

Ally – Quesnel, BC

Hello everyone! I am SO excited to be a part of this team!!! I first got into running as an activity to do with my mom. I started in the middle of winter and trail running at that! I’m not sure how I stuck with it while navigating through knee-deep snow at times, but now I am hooked! I like my running similar to how I like my wine…. I’m not too picky! Road or trail, summer or winter, uphill or downhill, long or short, I like it all. My race bucket list is very long and I keep discovering more! I ran my very first half marathon in 2014 at the Vancouver BMO; since then I’ve completed multiple road, trail, and virtual half marathons. I completed my very first marathon in 2019 at the Be Fearless race in Squamish. I attempted an Ultra in 2015 (Deception Pass 50km) but unfortunately did not finish and hope to check an Ultra off the bucket list one day. We have an amazing and super supportive running family here in Quesnel that I have shared many adventures with. When I’m not at home hanging out with the family and snuggling my 2 boxer babies, I love to be out hiking and climbing mountains (I HIGHLY recommend doing one of the RLAG adventures at least once!). Aside from running/hiking my other main hobby is pole fitness/dancing and aerial arts. I’ll be very excited once we get to start performing again!

Amanda – St. Albert, AB

AMBER – PLATTSBURGH, NY

Hi! My name is Amber Desjardins. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I hail from a very small town in Upstate NY. I am a trans woman, physically disabled with Cerebral Palsy, wheelchair runner, and Para Nordic skier, local community organizer and activist. I am aspiring to one day compete in the Paralympic Games and get on Team USA.

Amy – Elermore Vale, NSW, Australia

ANDREA – NEW WESTMINSTER, BC

Hi guys! I am so excited to be an RLAG ambassador this year, and engage and connect with so many likeminded and inspiring women. I live in Vancouver, Canada. I grew up playing soccer, but in recent years have found more of a home for myself in road running. It has become a huge part of my life, both physically and mentally. My favourite distance is half marathon, but I have decided to take the plunge and am running my first marathon this year! Aside from running, I love to read and am obsessed with my cat Sullivan, as well as anything cat related. I look forward to cheering everyone on as we work to accomplish our goals and follow our dreams. Cheers to 2020!

ANDREA – CINCINNATI, OH

Ashleigh – Overland Park, KS

Hi! My name is Ashleigh. I’m a wife and twenty something mom of two little boys. My life is very busy and running is my outlet and “me time”.  I have completed a few half marathons and hope to transition into trail running as well! I look forward to being an ambassador of RLAG, as well as sharing their goals, vision, and mission. My heart is to serve others and I hope I can be a positive encouragement for other women in reaching their fitness goals.

Ashleigh – Port Alberni, BC

Brittany – Abbotsford, BC

Caroline – Calgary, AB

Hi!

I’m Caroline. I’m happy to call Calgary home but I’m originally from Quebec. I started my running journey after my first son was born. It was a cheap and easy workout that didn’t take too long. I ran a lot with him in the chariot. Years later I enjoy running with both of my sons or they tag along on their bikes.

In 2017 I train for my first half marathon and fell in love with long distance running. During my long runs I can reset from my busy life as a teacher and a full time mom. Raising two boys is no joke! Since then I also discovered trail running which I think is the best!

I love to adventure with my kids and our pup in the mountains in every season. We enjoy hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and so much more!

I’m a happy back of the pack runner. I don’t feel like I have a runner body but I run this body and I’m proud of what I can accomplish and what my body can do. I love to do yoga and strength training. It makes me feel strong.

Charity – Surrey, BC

CHRISTINA – BORDENTOWN, NJ

I am a mom a full time EMT a student and my boyfriend of 5 years is a firefighter! I will be 37 in March and live in the USA in the state of NJ. My boyfriend had to take a job across the states and I could travel with him leaving family behind going with no job a kid made no sense so I stayed behind while he works in Hope’s to transfer back home! I wanted something while he was gone that could be just me and not one of the million hats I wore so I took up running! It’s a way to be in competition with me and no one else a way to set my soul free and just get out and go!

Christine – Powell River, BC

Hi RLAG Community! My name is Christine, and I am thrilled to be a part of the RLAG Ambassador team. I have been a leisurely runner since I was in high school. I love getting out for runs a few times a week, whether it is on my own or with family and friends. I find running to be therapeutic! My running journey has taken me through several races including, 5k, 10k, half and full marathons. The highlight of my running career was completing my first full marathon, the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, with one of my best friends! When I am not running, I am working as a recreation professional who is passionate about enhancing communities where I live, work and play. My work has had a focus on health and fitness since 2009 and I have worked hard to ensure there are opportunities for all community members to be physically active. When I am not working or running, I am chauffeuring my 3 active teenagers to and from their various activities and teaching Acro-Dance. I am so excited to share the Run Like a Girl Adventures and spread within my community the positivity and motivation RLAG has shared with me over the past few years!

Claire – Cookshire-Eaton, QC

Hey y’all! I’m Claire and I am so excited to be a RLAG Social Ambassador this year! I’m a proud middle of the pack runner just trying to be the best version of myself. As a mom of 2 boys (7 & 10), it’s all about balance. After leading a very unhealthy lifestyle from age 19 to 35 I finally said enough is enough and got back to the basics of being healthy and active again. I live on a dairy farm in Quebec’s Eastern Townships and am blessed to have fields and trails just outside my door.

My focus is on getting outside as much as possible, pushing my limits and not being afraid to try new things (that’s a work in progress!). Last year I did my first solo hike ever – it was terrifying and empowering all at once. I’m also about keeping it real – I’m not an ultra-runner, I’m not fast; running is hard! But how I feel after a run, or a workout, or a hike – that’s what makes it worth it. Oh…and yes, I also love wine 😁. See you on the trails!

Deanna – Houston, BC

Hi, my name is Deanna Hanes and I live in Kingston, Ontario. I am a mom to three wonderful boys (11, 16, and 18) and my day job for the last 22 years has been with the Ontario provincial government. I have spent a lot of time over the last 20+ years looking for my thing/sport and have tried many different ones but keep coming back to running and yoga. The benefits of yoga, running, and meditation for my physical, mental, and emotional health are indescribable. I am in the middle of completing my Yoga Teacher Training and after a lapse in my running, have started again. These are two of the good things that COVID has brought to me.

I have been following and inspired by RLAG for a while but this is my first year as an ambassador. I am also a huge pickleball player and am involved in many aspects of the game (player, officiant, board member, tournament organizer, etc…) and look forward to bringing those skills and enthusiasm to RLAG. I am so excited to be a part of the RLAG Street team and to be the East/West Ontario Regional Team Leader.

Denise

Erika – Courtice, ON

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.

Eva – Lethbridge, AB

Hi everyone! My name is Eva, and I’m a high-school science teacher from Lethbridge, Alberta. My journey with running started almost 6 years ago, with a decision to make some healthy changes in my life and a big goal to help make them happen – a half-marathon. From that first finish-line feeling, I’ve never looked back. Now an ultra-marathoner, I can certainly say the trails have my heart, especially our local coulees. I love that running allows us to push past our perceived limits and keep chasing new goals. I’m grateful for each new adventure, and the amazing runners and friends I’ve met along the way.

I love spending time with my partner Adam, my two beautiful step-daughters, and our pups. We are a family of runners who race together when we can, and then take turns rocking the crew life. When I’m not teaching or running, you’ll find me camping, hiking, star-gazing, dancing, and celebrating the simple joys in life. I’m excited to be part of this incredible, supportive RLAG community, and I look forward to sharing some celebration, inspiration, and joy with all of you throughout 2021. Wishing you an amazing year – Happy running!

Heidi – Gorham, ME

Jaimie – Quesnel, BC

My name is Jaimie and I’m from a small northern BC town. I like to run but my true love is hiking mountains! I may not be fast but I always enjoy the view. Here I am on our sunrise hike on Ha Ling on the Run like a Girl Canmore trip. It was a life changing trip that I’ll never forget.

Jana – Turrialba, CR-C, Costa Rica

Hey RLAG community!

My name is Jana, I am Canadian but have had the amazing opportunity to be living in Turrialba, Costa Rica for over 17 years!
I am 40 years old and have a 15 year old son who loves to mountain bike with me!

I teach Vinyasa yoga which has helped my running so much!
Here in Costa Rica we mostly do trail running and have such an amazing Trail community.
I started running in 2016 when I decided to make some big changes in my life…

I have found amazing support from friends & taken on so many adventures running trails here!
I am super proud that this year I have started to run 50km races!

This is my first year as an ambassador, I am super excited to share the beautiful places Costa Rica has to offer for trail running. Be it volcanoes, rainforest or beaches…

Looking forward to posting and hearing from all you in the RLAG community!

Jennifer – Spruce Grove, AB

Hi!! My name is Jen. I’m 35, a wife, mother of 2, and live in Alberta, Canada. I love running, functional fitness, and I’ve recently discovered an interest in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I dream of being more outdoorsy and adventurous both as an individual and with my family. As a shift-working mom to little ones, a lot of things have become “I used to’s” and I’m slowly working on changing that. I have never travelled for a race and that’s something I’d like to do when we are able. This is my first year as an Ambassador for RLAG; I can’t wait to share my passion for fitness and be inspired by other women along the way.

Jennifer – Ottawa, ON

Hi! My name is Jennifer, my friends call me Jenn! I started running 6 years ago when I moved to Ottawa and was looking for a way to meet people and make friends in my new city. I had never run before but someone suggested I join the local Running Room. Shortly after I fell in love with the sport and with the community it brings you. I have completed countless 5k’s and 10k’s, one 15K and 7 half marathons! Running has brought me amazing friends, a support for my mental and physical health, and many great adventures (and more to come). I love hiking, snowshoeing, lifting weights and going for walks. I love attending activities and events in my city (love being touristy) and eating at local restaurants. I love to travel and hope to knock off some bucket list destinations in the very near future! I love encouraging others to get out there and I love when they come to me to tell me about their running adventures or that I motivated them to start! I may not be the fastest and I may not run the furthest but I will always get out there!! Bring on 2021!!!

JENNY – Presque Isle, WI

I am Jenny Nelsen. I am from Presque Isle, WI. I have been running since 2016. I have been a pound pro since November 2017. I started to run for the color run in 2016. I feel in love with it. Running is me time and my stress Reliever. I love taking adventures like hiking and snowshoe. In the north woods WI there are a lot of trails around to explore. This winter I’ll be doing a lot of snow shoe. Coming this spring I’ll be hiking and running to explore the area. I will even tour the area and The Upper Peninsula, MI waterfalls and trails. Hopefully we can get back to running local events this year. I am looking forward to the Door County Half marathon May 1st. I can’t wait to see what 2021 adventures are going to be.

Julie – Port Moody, BC

Julie – Fredricton, NB

Karla – Vancouver, BC

Katie – Overland Park, KS

Kristen – Newmarket, ON

Hello! my name is Kristen. I am 30 years old from just outside of Toronto. I love to run and hike. I also love to Horseback ride when I am not running. In my spare time i love to read, play music (Guitar and Piano), and love to cook and try new things. This year is going to be a whole new experience for me. I will be looking forward to trying new experiences, like Trail running. I cannot wait to share my journey with all of you and cannot wait to follow all your journeys and experiences with you.

Kristin – Luxemburg, WI

Hello! I am Kristin. I am a nurse by day and runner everywhere in between. I started running about 5 years ago at the age of 39, in an attempt to feel younger. I was never a runner before, but I definitely fell in love with it. I have run everything from a 5k to a 50k. As a mom of 1, I have found that no matter how difficult the training I can balance everything and still crush my goals. I slowly have transitioned to trail running. There is nothing like a single-track trail through the woods. When I am not running, you will find me hiking, biking or on my yoga mat. I am looking forward to 2021 and what it holds!

LEAH – LACHUTE, QC

Bonjour! Hello! I am Leah, I am 36 years old and live in Quebec Canada, originally from Ontario, Canada. I am ecstatic to be a part of this amazing community and joining our Social Ambassador team again. I have been running now for 4 years, working on my abilities and towards my goal of becoming an ultra-runner. I prefer to run on trails but have gown accustom to the country roads around me as well opening up a new regime of running. I have met many incredible people that have inspired to keep going at my low points and let me help them at my highs through running. The RLAG team is all about encouraging and inspiring others during their life journey and I am eager to be a part of that.

When I am not running, I am out and about, hiking, canoeing, practicing yoga and having a blast with my family. I am a mother of two young boys that know how to keep us active. They love the outdoors as much as we do.

2020 may have been a challenging year for everyone but I cannot wait to see what 2021 will bring us. I cannot wait to hear about all your goals and help you achieve them in any way I can.

Cheers!

Li-An – Delaware, OH

Lisa – Kennesaw, GA

Megan – Errington, BC

Michelle – Yellowhead County, AB

I’m Michelle – mom, wife, teacher, reader, runner, adventurer. I love to get outside and explore the amazing world we live in. Finding adventures even when things aren’t as you expected is one of my favourite things. Running is one of the things I do to take care of myself and be the best version of myself possible!

Nicole – North Vancouver, BC

Nicole – Chestermere, AB

Hey everyone! My name is Nicole and I’m super excited to be a part of the RLAG Ambassador Social team. I’m a wife and a fur baby mama to our adoptive miniature poodle Raj (who loves to come with me on my adventures)

I love to run and hike. I’ve completed countless 5k’s , 10k’s, a few 15K’s, 12 half marathons and most recently a 25K as part of a 2-person Ultra team! Running has brought me so many amazing friends that have been by my side for so many accomplishments. My plan is to train for my very first marathon! I’ve tried 3 times so far (1st – not ready, 2nd – injury, 3rd – covid). Hoping the 4th time will be the charm 😉 I look forward to being a part of this amazing group as we evolve, grow, push our limits and live our lives to the fullest. I can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store.

Riece – Squamish, BC

Rikki – Kamloops, BC

Ruthie – Stillwater, OK

I love what #RLAG represents as it resonates with my passion for ultra running. My name is Ruthie and I’m a transplanted Brit living in Oklahoma. After spending 8 years living all over the world and running in some of those locations, I found myself relocating to the States in 1994. After a few 5ks, marathons and everything in between, I caught the ultra running “bug” in 2014 with my first 50K. Since then I have successfully completed several 100 milers and I love the challenge, the training and the mental discipline it teaches me. As a “mature” athlete I love to share my journey and how ultra running has given me the confidence I could never muster in my formative years. My love of this sport has given me a thirst for adventure – whether it’s in the mountains of Colorado or running trails here in Oklahoma and anything in between! By sharing my passion, my desire is to positively influence others to fall in love with the simple act of running and see where it takes them!

Salome – Bentley Park, QLD, Australia

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.

Shannon – Sydenham, ON

STEPHANIE – Yellow Grass, SK

Hi, I’m Steph! I’m from Yellow Grass, which is a small farming community in southeast Saskatchewan. I was committed to running only 5K runs until I moved out here and discovered that my guy’s family farm is 6.75 km from our door. Once I conquered that distance, it gave me confidence to try for more. I’ve since added 10K and half marathon distances; even a 25K. Most of my running takes place on the prairie and I usually don’t care what the weather is – I’m just glad to get out and explore my countryside. When I’m not running, I might be cycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, strength training or mucking around in my garden. I also love to make things, so I usually have some sort of creative project on the go. I’ve had so much support from members of the RLAG team that I look forward to being able to pass it on to others!

STEPHANIE – Peabody, MA

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Veronica – Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

I am Verónica Ramírez from Mexico City, I started running at 9 years old and I was a professional athlete representing the 400m and long jump events. When I finished my degree, I discovered that I really did it for love and it is something I want to do all my life. I focus on speed and strength tests if they like other strength challenges to help them compete in the Spartan Race.
I currently train every day running, crossfit and compete in the Spartan Race.