Meet the Orca Running ambassadors! Interested in being an ambassador for Orca Running? Email sara@orcarunning for more information on the program.
Blog: DIS Fit Life
Hello! I’m Kerrie, and I am a runner who lifts weights…and I am absolutely obsessed with how exercise and nutrition can change the body. Hey, some people like knitting tiny sweaters for chickens. I like learning about fitness and fat loss. I also like being a wife, a mother and a writer. My running history includes two full marathons, and many half marathons, plus lots of 5Ks and 10Ks, and relays all since 2009 when I started Mom vs. Marathon. I created the blog when I decided I wanted to get my life back after being out of shape and overweight for a decade. Mom vs. Marathon began in 2009 as a journal, but now it is a way for me to help other people get their lives back like I did. If I can go from barely being able to walk to running marathons, anyone can! Let’s do this!
Blog: Sweet Blondes Fit Life
Sarah is a NASM certified personal trainer who 'runs' the blog sweetblondesfitlife.com where she talks about her weight loss, shares healthy recipes, workouts and running experiences + tips. She unexpectedly fell in love with running in 2014 and hasn't looked back since. Besides running, she is passionate about nutrition and helping other fall in love with exercise. Her favorite distance to run is the half marathon and is looking forward to all the Orca Running races this year. You can often find her in a barre class, yoga studio or running around Seattle working on mastering that mid-run selfie!
Blog: Running in the 509
Kate is a public relations professional and blogs in her spare time. She began running in high school as a way to keep in shape for soccer and it quickly became her favorite activity. The Seattleite enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, climbing and reading. In addition to running, she spends her time visiting different areas of Washington learning about history. Her blog is all about running, featuring tidbits about race history, tips and tricks, and personal stories.
Blog: Girl Chasing Trails
Mary is a IT professional by day and a health enthusiast/blogger by night. She started running as a means of stress relief over 20 years ago, and has run over 20 half-marathons, a marathon, and many 5ks and 10ks. She grew up in the Midwest and is a recent transplant to Seattle from Minnesota, where she is looking forward to not having to wear a snowsuit and goggles to run in the winter. Besides running, she is passionate about lifting heavy weights, hiking, high intensity interval training (HiiT), cooking and getting out from behind a desk. Her blog focuses on healthy eating, weight lifting and exploring the outdoors through running, hiking and other outdoor activities. She is excited to be part of the Orca Running blogger team this year and is looking forward to inspiring others to get outside and run!
Run 2 Be Fit
PNW Ladies Running Group
Grace is a mother of 3 girls. She moved to WA from CA in 1995 with her husband. Moving to WA changed her life. She started running for fun, then running to get faster/stronger, then running as a part of life. She struggled with weight issues, due to lack of inactivity, pregnancies, life tragedies, and poor eating habits. Running has become an outlet to help others and maintain her fitness.
Grace is a Running Coach (RRCA), Group Personal Trainer (NASM), as well as teaches Insanity, PiYo, Obstacle Course Training, MommyStrong Fitness, Youth Fitness, and more.
By day she is a Substitute Teacher and high school/middle school soccer coach. In her spare time, she trains for various races, loves hiking, runs her fitness business (Run 2 Be Fit and PNW Ladies Running Group) and is a big Walking Dead fan.
She is very excited to be a part of the Orca Running Bloggers!
Blog: Tamara Shazam
I was not a born runner. My running habit was born out of necessity and turned into a passion. My first run lasted for 30, arduous, lung-burning seconds and happened a little over four years ago. That short burst came after a lifetime of inactivity and poor food choices, resulting in a very unhealthy, heavy and unhappy wife, mom, teacher and human being. I decided to make a big change by losing 40 pounds before I turned 40. At first, I tried to just lose fat, but over time I learned that adding in a physical component made me feel better, stronger, confident, more toned and it helped me shed fat! Four years later, I now run distances as far as the half marathon and have lost around 150 pounds! I'm excited about continuing to train for further distances and lifelong health. I've come to rely on running as an opportunity to meditate my day away, connect to my kids and husband and to keep the pounds off. Now that I'm hooked on my health, I love to share my story with others!
Blog: The Runderlusting Blonde
My name is Meg and I am a wild and crazy blonde hair blue eyed runner who doesn't understand the meaning of limits to what I think I can do and am generally the girl who starts every sentence with "So I have this idea..." and people look at me terrified; which if you ask me, makes it all the more fun! I turned myself into a blogger when I realized that my crazy "non-filtered" adventures inspire others and I haven't looked back since.
I didn't always start out like this...growing up I was an all-state swimmer and soccer player and then as the classic story goes I got married, kids happened and I got a desk job where I found myself eating more muffins and diet soda than salads and water; and exercise was I watched on the Biggest Loser while eating ice cream and Oreos.
So, how did I get to where I am now? How did I get from The Biggest Loser dessert eater to the HF/MM Double Agent who is currently training for her first Ironman in New Orleans later this year? Well, signed up for a half marathon at Disney World and bought a treadmill and started walking to train for it knowing that I had 7 months to train, and then I did the stupid thing...I signed up for a half marathon 4 months sooner in Portland and realized that even if I had to walk the whole thing I was going to do it. And I did. Then I was hooked.
I started my blog as a way to keep myself accountable but also as a way to show those who don't think that they can't that they can. To show that it doesn't matter if you walk a 22 minute mile or run a 7 minute mile...you're out there, you're killing it and you're doing amazing things!! I don't just write about the good in my health and fitness journey because as we all know it is the bad and the ugly where the magic happens that leads to the good.
Juanita is a half marathon running mother of two who is certified as a group fitness instructor for Pilates and yoga. She is a lifelong Washingtonian and prides herself in being an outdoorsy, active mom and trail runner who enjoys hiking as cross training. Juanita started her journey to health and wellness in 2007 when she completed the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Since 2009 she has participated annually in the Sound to Narrows (Washington’s oldest race), has done numerous 5Ks, and many half marathons. Earlier in 2017 she qualified for membership with the Half-Fanatics.
Hello everyone! My name is Nancy and I am super excited to become part of the Orca Running Family as an Ambassador! I began my running journey in the summer of 2014 and will be running my 100th run here on 9/17/17! I love being part of the running community and have made some life lasting friends over the past 3 years. My running group began with just two of us and now we have grown to 13+ runners. It is amazing how great it feels to have such an amazing group around me to rally each other on.
So, my running goals were to grow in distance the more I ran but I have had to pull back a bit due to some minor medical issues. I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (usually the early onset of MS) back in December of 2012 but over this past 1.5 years I have noticed some progression of neurological damage that has begun to slow me down a bit and make the distance runs really difficult. But, I refuse to let this get me down so I have decided that running shorter distances would be best for me and still keep me doing what I absolutely love doing. I really believe that a positive mind makes a positive life and I get up every day and remind myself of how great life really is.
I am also a certified indoor cycle instructor and have taught classes with 24 Hour Fitness for 7.5 years now – I absolutely love it and teach 3 of my own classes a week and occasionally sub for other instructors.
And of course my dogs – my dogs are one of the biggest joys in my life. We recently lost our German Shepherd Roman (11.5 years) and our Boxer Chloe (10 years) only 6 days apart and let me tell you, if I was being tested for strength that was the hardest test of my life. We still have our sweet baby boy Dexter, he is a Boxer (1.5 years) and we just adopted another Boxer, Paisley (3 years) from Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue which I am a volunteer with. I love being part of this Boxer Rescue and have been with WHBR for a year now and joined the Board of Directors back in January 2017. I volunteered for another Boxer rescue for almost 2 years before joining WHBR so I am deeply involved and dedicated to helping Boxers in need.
I am a recent transplant from San Francisco, Ca! Running has played a huge part in my life, especially since I met my boyfriend during a marathon weekend! We've been running ever since! I have completely 19 marathons, 2 ultramarathons and plenty of half, 5ks and 10k distances. I am also an indoor cycling coach at Flywheel Sports at South Lake Union and Bellevue. I believe cycling is the perfect cross training for running! I am a certified yoga sculpt teacher through Core Power Yoga as well. On my spare time I am slowly enjoying all the beautiful hikes here in the PNW! I love to share my runs and motivation on Instagram @mojaldy. Follow me and we can inspire each other!
Name: Sara and Ohly
Sara is a public health researcher with a love for the outdoors and four-legged companions. She started seriously running in 2015 when she signed up for her first race, the San Francisco half-marathon. Since then, she has been hooked, finding stress relief and joy from daily runs, even through the rainy PNW winters (what are treadmills? outdoor runs only for this duo). Ohly is 3.5 year old rescue snowdog who keeps Sara motivated and excited to keep running. He is the world's best cheerleader and training companion, plus, those puppy eyes and chatty husky mouth will keep anyone motivated, especially knowing your runs will end in a face-full of kisses and full-body hugs. Having done many 5 and 10ks in the past two years, Sara and Ohly are gearing up for a few half-marathons, and maybe even her first marathon this year! When they aren't running, Sara and Ohly are exploring the mountains hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and skiing. Sara and Ohly are so excited to share their running experience with the world, and hope that we motivate others to keep pushing yourself to be even better than you can imagine! And maybe they can convince a few of you to adopt a rescue pup for some extra motivation and snuggles. They are so excited to be a part of the Orca team, and are always looking for adventuring buddies (both two-legged, and four). Can't wait to see you out there on the road/trails!
Jasmine began running in the Summer of 2014 when her feet fell in love with a pair of minimalist running shoes, and soon became obsessed with the feeling of wind through her hair and that runner's high. Since that summer, she runs in Vibram KSO Evos (and is slightly obsessed with, and keen on, the barefoot footwear movement), has attempted one marathon and finished another, and looks forward to making 2018 her Year of the Half Marathon. She is passionate about physical fitness as a means to mental and emotional stability and as a celebration of how amazing our bodies are. When she isn't running, she's practicing yoga for strength and length as a complement to her running.
You can find her on Instagram @gogojchan or running in South Seattle or dressed as a green bean casserole at the Green Lake Gobble, and definitely at Orca Running Races!
Louren is a former soccer and hockey player who previously lived in Texas and Florida and hated running there because of the weather. After relocating to Seattle in 2015 and acclimating to the weather of the Pacific Northwest, Louren started running in the spring of 2016 for fitness. After running a 5k in July of 2016, Louren quickly caught the racing bug and trained to run the Iron Horse Half Marathon in August of 2016. Louren loves running all distances from 5k to half marathons, and hopes to set new PRs in each in 2018. Follow Louren's progress at lourenruns.blogspot.com and on Instagram @lourenruns.
My name is Ryan Anke. I live in Auburn,WA. I started running in 2007. I’ve ran over 100+ races since and still going strong. I run with a few nonprofit organizations such as Wear Blue: Run To Remember, Virago-Fitness, and Team RWB. When I’m not running I enjoy hiking and exploring Washington. Come follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Aging athlete staying competitive through running and raising money for Alzheimer's care and research.
In the early 2000’s, I began to run a few 5k’s here and there to keep myself from growing too large (stay in some kind of shape), having no real desire to run a 10k, let alone a half or a full marathon. Much like every other runner I finally got the bug and decided to run the 2009 inaugural Seattle Rock n Roll Half Marathon. I figured since there were music bands every mile that I had a ready-made excuse to stop for a break if I became tired which was sue to happen. After the first 6 miles I was ready for that break and slowed down to stop and listen to a band, then a much older lady passed me by. On the back of her shirt was “quitting is for losers”. That was all the motivation that I needed. There was no stopping and I have not looked back since that moment. I have since run 2 marathons most recently the NYC Marathon in November 2017 and over 25 half marathons.
I now also run to inspire the importance of physical fitness in my 7 year old son and to stock up on the amazing bling for completing the races.
In 2018 I am running 26+ half Marathons including 5 Orca Running Series races for my 50th year on earth. Mostly in Washington but a few larger ones in neighboring states. Care to join me for a race or 2?
Oh and always remember. It is not “just” a half marathon but 13.1 miles of hard work, sweat and fun!