Meet the Team


Brian C. – Founder

Brian first started running in 2005 after being inspired while watching the NYC Marathon. 19 marathons later, Brian has a current streak of 7 consecutive Boston Marathons and hopes to make it to 10 in 2022. Brian has dropped his marathon PR by 1 hour and half marathon by 30 minutes since following structured training plans. Brian is 43 years old and resides in Huntington Beach CA as a founding member of Rogue West Coast!

His current personal bests are:

5k – 17:40
10k – 36:34
Half Marathon – 1:19:55
Marathon –  2:53:48

Bryan – Founder & Board Member

Bryan has been an active member in the Columbus running community since 2009. He thrives on hard work, competition, and camaraderie among his teammates. Bryan, an experienced distance runner, has completed 26 marathons including 5 Boston Marathons. Bryan is 42 years old.

His current personal bests are:

5k – 17:11
10k – 35:55
Half Marathon – 1:16:54
Marathon – 2:45:38

Jake – Founder & Board Member

Since completing his first marathon in the fall of 2013, Jake has finished 21 marathons in 9 different states. Jake ran his first Boston Marathon in 2016. Jake has steadily improved his marathon performance.  He credits a more disciplined approach and the help of group training. Jake is 41 years old.

His current personal bests are:

5k: 17:55
Half Marathon: 1:21:23
Marathon: 2:47:40

Jason – Founder & Board Member

Jason is a tennis instructor from Columbus, Ohio and has run over 20 marathons and 20 half marathons. He was the overall winner of the 2020 Towpath Marathon. In October 2016, he represented Columbus as a Marathon Ambassador at the Dresden, Germany Marathon where he ran his first sub 3 hour marathon. In 2019, Jason was chosen to be the flag bearer for Hungary in the opening ceremonies of the New York City Marathon. In 2021, Jason was able to run under 2:50 for the first time at the Glass City Marathon. In his spare time, Jason likes to play father and son national tennis tournaments with his father. They have won 8 national doubles titles together. Jason loves group runs and especially speed workouts on the track and he hopes to run all 6 major marathons someday. Jason is 48 years old.

His current personal bests are:

5k – 17:27
10k – 34:45
Half Marathon – 1:19:59
Marathon – 2:49:49

Ken – Founder

Ken no longer runs with Rogue Racers but Ken was one of the Original 6 founders of this club. We would not be where we are as a team without Ken’s hard work in laying the foundation for Rogue Racers!

Ryan – Founder

Ryan has been a runner his whole life, from his childhood days on the playground competing in the track competitions through his college track days. Running has always been a passion of his because he likes the adrenaline rush of competing along with the camaraderie of training with his friends. Ryan has become an experienced distance runner and has completed 22 marathons and one 50K ultra-marathon, along with 5 Boston Marathons. Ryan is 45 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5K – 17:04
10K – 35:31
Half Marathon – 1:16:45
Marathon – 2:45:01

Amy P. –  Board Member

Amy  has been running for the majority of her life, though in college running took a backseat. She ran races here and there and ran her first marathon in 2011. After her son was born in 2015 she realized how much she missed it. Amy knew it was time to get back into competitive running. Her current goals are to PR in each major distance, marathon, half marathon, 10K & 5K. Amy is 37 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 18:48
10K – 41:18
Half Marathon – 1:27:54
Marathon – 3:21:49

Amy T. – Board Member

Amy has been running for most of her life- growing up playing soccer as well as running track and cross country in middle school and high school.  A casual runner in college, she ran in numerous 5k’s after graduating, and ran her first marathon in her early 20’s.  She ran a few marathons after- none with solid training…  Amy ran through her first pregnancy, but it was paused for a few months when she got pregnant with twins.  A career filled with lots of travel enabled her to run a few international marathons over the next few years- with training done at nap-time on weekends and early mornings.  In the last two years with her goal to BQ, she finally learned what good training means, and qualified for Boston in her 9th and 10th marathons in 2019.  Amy is 41 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 20:24
10K – 43:53
Half Marathon – 1:35:49
Marathon – 3:25:54

Brian K. – Board Member

Brian was always a soccer player and more of a casual runner having done a handful shorter races on minimal training. After moving to California in late 2012 he joined a running club to meet people. Since then running has run his life, he has run 25 marathons and 10 ultra’s. Brian has ran 9 Boston Marathon qualifying times. His favorite marathon is the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. Brian is 40 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 16:45
10k – 36:24
Half Marathon – 1:18:24
Marathon – 2:52:20

Dave – Board Member

Dave started running on May 26, 2010 when he realized his favorite jeans were getting tight and he knew he needed to make a lifestyle change. Three months later, he entered a local race and was hooked. Now, 10 years and over 22,000 miles later, he has finished 17 marathons with 7 BQs and has run Boston three times and New York City and Chicago once each. He has also completed one 50K and one Ironman 70.3 and has participated in one Relay Around Columbus and one Hood to Coast Relay. Dave loves the social aspect of running and is always up for pacing opportunities or a group run anywhere. He is an RRCA-certified running coach. Dave is 49 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 18:13
10k – 42:33
Half Marathon – 1:27:49
Marathon – 3:10:25

Jennifer – Board Member

Jen started running in high school but it wasn’t until her boyfriend at the time signed her up for her first marathon in 2004 that she even considered running a marathon. After her fourth marathon, which was her first Boston Marathon experience, she took some time off to start a family. She started running with a group in 2012 and was able to shave nearly fifteen minutes off of her marathon time. Following the birth of her third child, she set her eyes on qualifying for the New York City Marathon, which she ran in 2016. Jen spends most of her time running her four kids to all of their activities, volunteering at her kids’ schools, organizing races and coaching Girls on the Run Program at her daughter’s elementary school. Jen is 40 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 17:58
10k – 39:31
Half Marathon – 1:26:20
Marathon – 2:55:55



Aimee started running in High School and College and ran her first Marathon the year she graduated college, she ran a 3:22. Decided I would never run a marathon again after that moment! In 2016 she had her son Braxton and needed to find a way to get the “baby weight” off. She decided to run the Columbus Marathon in 2017. In the process, she qualified for the Boston Marathon. At that moment she fell in love with Marathons. She has recently ran the NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon, and Chicago Marathon. Aimee is 33 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 18:31
Half Marathon – 1:24:41
Marathon – 3:05:59

Amy H.

Amy began running on her 41st birthday with a three-mile run around the indoor track at the Powell, YMCA. What started as a casual recreational activity, soon turned into her sport of choice. Her first marathon was the Walt Disney World Marathon, which she has run annually since 2012. After a couple of years, she upgraded the WDW Marathon to the Dopey Challenge and is proud to call herself “Perfectly Dopey”. Within her first year of running, Amy ran 6 marathons. Since then, she has run over 30 marathons in 11 states, over a dozen half-marathons, and even three full ironman races. She obtained her first BQ at the St. George marathon in 2012, and she ran her first Boston in 2013. Despite several injuries in recent years, she has qualified for Boston seven of the past eight years and run Boston 5 times. Her mantra “Never Give Up!” has kept Amy striving for improvement. She is thankful for the support of her three children and all the friends that she has made through running. Amy is 50 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 25:40
10K – 48:33
Half Marathon – 1:48:28
Marathon – 3:40:06

Amy W.

Amy has been running since college when the “freshman fifteen” became her reality.  She began by running a few miles at a time to completing a few marathons, to eventually her first BQ this fall.  Apart from being a runner, she is a mom of 2 little girls, a veterinarian and the owner of a small veterinary hospital in New Albany. Amy is 38 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 20:39
10K – 42:15
Half Marathon – 1:38:34
Marathon – 3:28:28


Andrea played soccer from the age of 4 all the way through her undergraduate years at Denison University. She was a goalkeeper, so the types of workouts she did were VERY different from the types of long distance workouts she does now. When her senior season ended she decided to sign up for a half marathon (the 2014 Cap City Half) and was immediately hooked! During her time in grad school at Washington University in St. Louis she ran 8 marathons, winning four of them (Rock n’ Roll St. Louis, MO Cowbell, and two GO! St. Louis marathons). Andrea is 28 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 16:58
Half Marathon – 1:24:03
Marathon – 2:52:48


Ashley was a competitive figure skater most of her life competing for Team USA from 2004-2006 and 2008-2009. While in college she ran as a way to get to the gym and home. It wasn’t until she started grad school in 2011 and met her now husband that she started running longer distances. She ran her first half marathon in 2011, first half Ironman in 2012 and first full marathon in 2012. In 2016 she had her first son and didn’t run much after that. In the summer of 2017 Rogue Erin A. helped get Ashley back into running. In addition to running Ashley likes to cycle, she rode 100 miles this year for Pelotonia and has completed 2 century rides so far. She have met so many wonderful friends and people through running and biking. They have taught her so much about training, speed work, tempo runs, and nutrition in the last year. She has enjoyed working hard and seeing her hard work pay off to reach her running, biking and triathlon goals, but most importantly, she has appreciated the support she has received from the running community. It’s truly one of a kind! Ashley is 33 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:42
10K – 40:42
Half Marathon – 1:38:43
Marathon – 3:58:39


Brittney was inspired by her Brother’s and Dad that got her into running back in middle school. She was a competitive athlete in cross country and track. She ran her first marathon in 2010. Then took a break in racing during nursing school and during pregnancy. After Brittney’s third son, She always wanted to be a Boston Qualifier. She got back into running and accomplished her dream in April when She ran her third marathon in Toledo. Brittney is excited for the Chicago Marathon in the fall and to run with others that share the same love for the sport! Brittney is 33 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:18
Half Marathon – 1:34
Marathon – 3:23


Chris began running competitively in 2008. After missing the high school regional golf tournament by one stroke, Chris walked onto the cross country team as a junior, halfway through the season.  By season’s end, he was the 3rd seed with a 17:53 5k and became a runner. After years of on and off training, Chris scrapped together a marathon and qualified for Boston in his second marathon, and has achieved Boston Qualifying times in 6/7 of his standalone marathons. In addition to road racing, Chris competes in triathlons of all distances. Chris is 27 years old.  

His current personal bests are:
5k – 16:38
10k – 36:31
Half Marathon – 1:19:01
Marathon – 2:55:33


Cindy has been a runner for over 20 years, but didn’t start racing until her first marathon at the age of 41. She has run the Boston marathon five times, and qualified six times. With 16 marathons (including New York City twice and Chicago once) under her belt, she prefers to focus on this distance above all others. Having run over 80 races, she uses the shorter distances as speed work for marathons. She works as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and RRCA certified running coach to her clients. Her “far-reaching” bucket list goal is to run all of the world major marathons. Cindy is 56 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 22:24
10k – 47:46
Half Marathon – 1:43:26
Marathon – 3:46:43


Clare started running in mid-2019 after moving to Ohio, although she trained in the gym for many years before that, and wishes she’d discovered running a lot sooner.  She’s done several half-marathons, and she completed her first marathon in September 2020, and hopes to run Boston next time it’s an in-person race. Clare is 47 years old and lives near Lewis Center.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 20:09
10k – 41:05
Half Marathon – 1:28:21
Marathon – 3:10:00


Race Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. First marathon, Columbus, 1991. Have run more than 200 marathons, about half as a pacer. Very proud to have gone under 3 hours in the marathon 13 times, including once as a pacer! Goal from Rogue training is to go under 3 hours again… Have also completed seven, 100-mile races, and the 135-mile Badwater Ultra-marathon. Have dropped out of nine, 100-mile races (keeps a person humble). Grew up in Northeast Ohio, graduated from Kent State University, worked for 10 years as a newspaper journalist, followed by 15 years running my own PR/marketing business. Married for almost 15 years to Star (who is better at ultras than me!)

His current personal bests are:
5k – 16:59
10k – 36:36
Half Marathon – 1:16:15
Marathon – 2:44:55


Doad started running at the age of 59 after following his son, Patrick, during his marathons. In 2011 he discovered after running from mile marker to mile marker that he really enjoyed this sport and could compete. Today he enjoys the competition but the true reward of running for Doad is raising money and awareness for many causes. At the age of 66, he runs approximately 70 plus races a year and he’s having the time of his life! Most of all, he enjoys all the wonderful people he has met in Columbus and around the country and calls them his friends! Run with the wind! Doad is 66 years old.

His current personal bests are (all set in the last 2 years):
5k – 19:03
10k – 42:12
Half Marathon – 1:28:30


Donnie started running in 2010, and has been running with a training group since 2012. He has qualified for the Boston Marathon in all 6 marathons he has run. He feels he is ready to push himself further in running and see where he can go. Donnie is 51 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 19:11
10k – 42:37
Half Marathon – 1:28:42
Marathon – 3:15:54

Emily B.

Emily discovered the camaraderie and excitement of running after participating in a marathon relay in 2007. She began running half marathons in 2009, but truly fell in love with distance running while training for her first full marathon in 2016. She qualified for the Boston Marathon in 3 out of her 5 marathons and has run Boston once. Emily is 39 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 22:02
10k – 44:26
Half Marathon – 1:33:31
Marathon – 3:25:39

Emily S.

Emily started running track in the 7th grade and then started running cross country the next year. Emily then ran for Johns Hopkins University in undergrad and focused on the 3k and 5k. Fun fact: Emily once quit rec soccer before middle school because “it was too much running.” Emily is 23 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 17:19
10k – 38:00


Erick started running in 2012.  After following a generic training plan and running on his own over the summer, he ran a Boston qualifying 3:19 in his first marathon at Columbus in 2012.  He joined a training group in 2013 and dropped his PR at Columbus by over 20 minutes to 2:57 in 2013 and followed that with PRs of 2:53 in 2014 and 2:51 in 2015.  Erick is a 5x Boston qualifier and is 53 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 17:42
10k – 36:59
Half Marathon – 1:22:55
Marathon – 2:51:40


Erika found her love for running when she was in the 5th grade.  She ran competitively in junior high and high school.  It wasn’t until after having her first kid and being inspired by her brother-in-law, Bryan, that she started training again.  Erika ran her 2nd marathon in April, the Boston Marathon and has qualified to run it again in 2018. Erika is 36 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:56
10k – 44:54
Half Marathon – 1:29:47
Marathon – 3:18:12

Erin A.

Erin loves running and it has played a huge role in her life. She ran her first marathon to get in shape after having her first child (Cbus 2005) and has since ran 30 more, including 2 Boston Marathons. She’s also ran over 70 1/2 marathons and lots of 5k’s (aka: torture trots!). She can’t say she loves racing, though she does love the opportunity to see the running community come together… everyone from elite racers to first timers. The stories behind those singlets are often beautiful and inspiring. Outside of running, she is married and has 4 busy kids. She works at Life Time fitness as a run coach and teaches preschool in Dublin. Erin is 40 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:56
10k – 44:54
Half Marathon – 1:29:47
Marathon – 3:18:12

Erin R.

Erin started and continued her running journey while preparing for field hockey season in high school and college and ran her first 5k at the age of 12. She grew up watching my dad run marathons and always wanted to run one so as soon as her field hockey career was over she did. She ran the Columbus Marathon when she was 22 and qualified for Boston and then took a hiatus from athletic endeavors until 2011 when Ironman Texas came to the town she was living in and the rest is history. From there she completed 2 full Ironman’s, 8 half Ironman’s, 5 marathons, over 25 half marathons and countless shorter distance triathlon and road races. She loves racing for the challenge of it, the motivation to keep improving her fitness and most of all the friendships I’ve made over the years.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 22:32
Half Marathon – 1:37
Marathon – 3:22


Fred began running again in 2012 after a long hiatus.  He ran his first marathon at the age of 46.  He has run a total of 8 marathons, including his first Boston Marathon in 2017 at the age of 50.  The Boston Marathon was an amazing experience for him, and Fred intends run Boston again.  Fred began running to improve his physical, emotional and spiritual life after his mother and sister passed away from ovarian cancer in 2011. Fred has enjoyed sharing his racing with his family, and will never forget seeing them on Boylston Street finishing his first Boston Marathon.  Fred is 54 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 20:15
10k – 42:22
Half Marathon – 1:32:16
Marathon – 3:24:28


Greg started to run at age 9 since his soccer coach told his dad he’s got some good lungs. Fell in love with the sport probably around middle school when the team aspect came into play. Almost 16 years later, Greg has been through a bunch of cross country and track seasons and somehow still loves to run. Now graduated from Baldwin Wallace and working at JPMC, his running focus is now on half and full marathons because speed hurts too much. Greg is 27 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 15:24
10k – 32:33
Half Marathon – 1:12:59
Marathon – 2:36:52


Hilary started running track in middle school after she was cut from the lacrosse team. She went on to run mid-distance in both high school and college. It wasn’t until 2012 that she discovered half and full marathons. Since then she have run 13 marathons including 3 Boston Marathons (including one while pregnant with her daughter). What Hilary loves the most about running are all of the friendships formed through the miles of training. Hilary is 37 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:36
10k – 42:41
Half Marathon – 1:32:27
Marathon – 3:15:00


Jamie’s love for running started more than 25 years ago with the Columbus Marathon Crackerjack kids run leading to competing on the cross country and track teams all the way through college. Since college, Jamie spent ten years of coaching at the high school level and has run eight marathons including two Boston Marathons. Jamie met her husband John through college track and cross country, she enjoys training with friends, and inspiring a love for running in her children. Jamie is 38 years old.

Her current (post collegiate) personal bests are:
5k – 20:41
10k – 43:07
Half Marathon – 1:35:11
Marathon – 3:22:13

Jared M.

Jared ran track in high school while playing soccer and then was able to walk onto his college cross country and track team. While in college he was the Patriot League Outdoor 5k Champion and was named to the Division 1 All Southeast Regional Cross Country Team. About 12 years later he found his son loved to be pushed in the running stroller and he got back into running while trying to figure out how to enjoy the sport again and run marathons. Jared has run 11 marathons including Boston 4 times. Jared is 39 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 14:24
10k – 30:54
Half Marathon – 1:14:05
Marathon – 2:37:45

Jared T.

Jared’s first marathon experience was the infamous 2007 Chicago Marathon. He returned to Chicago in 2013 and has since run ten marathons.  He met his wife, Katie, while they were both training for the 2014 Erie Marathon. Jared and his family live in Grandview Heights. He is looking forward to a return to racing in 2021. Jared is 46 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 19:51
10k – 43:19
Half Marathon – 1:31:31
Marathon – 3:10:15


Joel has been running marathons since 2013 and joined Rogue in 2017. The marathon is his favorite distance and He has completed 11 full marathons, including Boston and New York City, along with numerous other local road races and triathlons. Joel is currently 43 years and is looking forward to Chasing one more marathon PR in 2021 and also completing his first full course Ironman.

His current personal bests are:
10k – 35:35
Half Marathon – 1:17:33
Marathon – 2:42:24


John is a 4x Boston Marathon qualifier since running his first marathon in Columbus in 2012. In college he qualified for nationals in the 4x400m but has gradually transitioned to longer races. John loves the team aspects of training and competing with friends and some of his favorite races are still relays. John is 40 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 16:27
10k – 35:03
Half Marathon – 1:17:43
Marathon – 2:37:19


After playing high school sports and baseball at Mount Union College, I found myself out of shape a decade later at the age of 31. I started with the Hermes Cleveland Road Racing Series to get me motivated to train in early 2011. I built up to my first marathon 8 months later and became hooked. Since then I’ve run 17 marathons (including Boston 6x and a 3x pacer at the Cleveland Marathon), 22 half marathons and a bunch of shorter races. Josh is 41 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 16:50
10k – 34:22
Half Marathon – 1:15:11
Marathon – 2:39:06


Katie has always been active in sports, but it wasn’t until 2008 that she decided to run her first half marathon. For the next 8 years, Katie would run casually, and train for one half marathon a year. In 2011, Katie ran her first full marathon with a humbling finish. At the time, the marathon was a bucket list check mark for her. After having her two boys in 2012 and 2014, Katie decided her “comeback” to running would be to try an break a 150 half marathon time in 2016. Her first failed attempt to break that 150 barrier led her to learn more about the science of speed workouts, training cycles, and to immerse herself in the local running community (they are the BEST!). Katie’s second attempt was a successful one, and since then, it has been a cascade of making goals at all race distances, working hard, continuing to learn, and having fun!

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 20:32
10k – 42:01
Half Marathon – 1:33:51
Marathon – 3:31:15


Kelley has been running her entire life. She’s run 4 marathons and plans to run many more. Her favorite thing about running is sharing her passion and time with her fellow Rogue and husband, Jake. She qualified for the Boston Marathon at Columbus Marathon in the Fall of 2016 and ran Boston in the freezing rain and strong winds in 2018. Kelley is 38 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
Half Marathon – 1:37:32
Marathon – 3:21:12


Kris began running in 2010 as a way to stay active after he broke his leg playing soccer a few years earlier. Kris had always enjoyed running and marathons always intrigued him, so he decided to give it a try. After running his first marathon in 2010, he instantly became addicted to setting new goals and achieving new PR’s. Kris has completed 18 marathons and still enjoys the challenge of speed and endurance.  Kris is 43 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5K – 17:21
10K – 36:13
Half marathon – 1:19:23
Marathon – 2:55:04


Kristin is a long time distance runner, who began marathoning in 2005. Since that time, she’s completed 13 marathons, including 3 Boston Marathons. Most recently, Kristin has PR’d both her 5K and half marathon times. She is a born competitor, but enjoys running the most for the health benefits and friendships it has given her. Kristin is 38 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5K – 19:09
10K – 38:25
Half marathon – 1:25:26
Marathon – 3:11:27


Kristina started running in high school but did not begin competitive running until after her first son was born in 2005. From 2005-2009, she ran several marathons with Team and Training and eventually became an assistant coach for the program. Since then she has run over 30 marathons including 8 Boston marathons and various races of the half, 10k and 5k distances. Kristina loves running and the friendships that she has made along the way. Her current goals are to break 1:25 in the half marathon and 3 hours in the full marathon distance. Kristina is 42 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5K – 18:27
10K – 38:54
Half marathon – 1:25:44
Marathon – 3:03:08


Running has always been a passion. Linda ran all through middle school and high school. After graduation she took a break from running. She would run every so often through the next 16 years, but wouldn’t consistently start running again until the fall of 2015. She was content with racing 5ks and never had any intention on running a half or full marathon but after joining a running group they made it seem so fun. She soon signed up for a half and hasn’t looked back! She ran her first full at the Columbus Marathon in 2018 and qualified for Boston. She just completed her second marathon in Chicago, set a new PR and qualified for NYC. She enjoys being part of a supporting running community. Linda is 38 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:46
10k – 41:04
Half Marathon – 1:32:13
Marathon – 3:12:52


Maggie competitively swam throughout childhood and into high school. After graduating high school and finishing her senior swim season she was looking for a new competitive outlet and began running. During her freshman year of college, her then boyfriend and now husband, challenged her to run a half marathon with him and she hasn’t stopped since! She have been running for 8 years now and has run 16 half marathons and 3 full marathons. Maggie is 26 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:45
10k – 40:33
Half Marathon – 1:32:30
Marathon – 3:12:08


Megan has been running in some form for her entire life – first away from her older brother, Aaron, then as a soccer player, and now as a marathoner – chasing after her husband, Bryan. Megan ran her 11th marathon in April, the Boston Marathon. Megan is 34 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5K – 20:15
10K – 43:22
Half Marathon – 1:36:15
Marathon – 3:31:50


Melissa has been running since high school, starting off as a hurdler. She then joined the cross country team and then never looked back. She walked on YSU cross country and track teams in college and just kept going. So far she has run 16 marathons with Big Sur being her favorite marathon. Melissa loves the friendships she has gained and calmness she feels while running. She loves destination/vacations that center around a race. Melissa is 40 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:07
10k – 42:11
Half Marathon – 1:29:17
Marathon – 3:25:04


Michael started running in July of 2010 when a friend at work ask him to join him in training for a half marathon.  He ran his first half marathon at Columbus in 2010.  Since running his first full marathon in 2011 at the age of 39, he has run a total of 15 full marathons, including 3 Boston Qualifying times and 2 full Ironman races. Michael is 47 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5k – 20:33
10k – 45:59
Half Marathon – 1:36:08
Marathon – 3:16:07


Michelle is a PA graduate student from Cleveland, Ohio and a recent Columbus transplant. Her love for running started in high school and has continued ever since. She competed in college athletics and has continued to race in half marathons and shorter distances since graduating. She hopes to complete her first full marathon this spring. She also enjoys volunteering and coaching the sport. Previously, she was an assistant coach for a small college cross country team and has volunteered for other various running teams and events. Running has continued to be a positive influence in her life and she looks forward to new friendships and opportunities within the sport this upcoming year as she becomes more active in the Columbus running community. She is 26 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 17:52
10k – 40:37
Half Marathon – 1:27:22


Paul began competitive running in the UK favoring distances of 10K and the half marathon. Since moving to Columbus he ran his first marathon in 2015 and is now on number 4, the last one being New York City where he came in 5th in his age group. He is still working out the strategy of the marathon but likes to race the shorter distances at suicide pace. Paul is 60 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5K – 16:15
10K – 33:36
Half Marathon – 1:14:31
Marathon – 2:45:14


Rick began running in 7th grade. He competed in Junior High/High School/College Cross Country and Track over the next 10 years. After a nearly 9 year hiatus from the sport and many pounds later, he found the love for the sport he’d lost many years prior and has begun to excel again at distances ranging from 5k to the Marathon. Rick is 37 years old.

His current personal bests are:
5K – 17:06
10K – 37:24
Half Marathon – 1:20:59
Marathon – 2:57:24


Shayne started running distance in middle school to get in shape for wrestling, which led him to the cross country team in high school. He loves to challenge his limits and long distance running helps fulfill that need. His first marathon was the St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2010 and he has run three more since then. His most recent marathon was the Indianapolis Marathon in November 2019, where he set a PR and qualified for Boston with a 2:58:22

His current personal bests are:
5K – 19:41
10K – 40:19
Half Marathon – 1:28:27
Marathon – 2:58:22


Susan started running more seriously after her first half marathon in 2011. Since then she’s been a competitive age group runner. In 2015, she saw personal bests in the mile, the half marathon, and the marathon (Chicago Marathon), where she ran her first Boston Qualifier. She just completed her first Boston Marathon. Susan is 47 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 21:55
Half Marathon – 1:42:15
Marathon – 3:44:18


Tamara was originally a sprinter in high school for only the 100m and 200m races and relays. She actually despised distance running until after her second son was born in ‘10 when she got my first runners high. I ran my first marathon in just under 5 hours (2011) and just recently under 3:15 at Boston 2.0 (2020). What started as one marathon a year has evolved into numerous marathons, a couple ultras, and other races sporadically throughout the year. She definitely has a love-hate relationship of the 5K and has yet to race a 10k. She’s been lucky enough to run Boston but her current goal is to run the New York City Marathon and eventually all the majors. She is a wife to a super supportive non-running husband with 3 sons.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:43
Half Marathon – 1:36:52
Marathon – 3:13:56


Wendy has been running for 40 years and completed 47 marathons including 10 Boston Marathons. Wendy loves the friendships she has made through running and supporting others to achieve their goals! Wendy is 51 years old.

Her current personal bests are:
5k – 19:37
Half Marathon – 1:32:57
Marathon – 3:14:49