Presenting The 2017 A-Team Members
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Waldon started running marathons and half marathons at age 50 to offset a severe immune system disease, COPD, and various other life altering circumstances that led to frequent hospitalizations. At age 55, and 15 marathons, numerous halfs, and other distances later, he is now an advocate and outreach worker for people with various addictions, homelessness, and disease, and believes that running, (or any aerobicexercise) can help lead people out of the hole that these things lead them into, and live happy and productive lives.
Blog: www.livefreeandrun.net Instagram: @livefreeandrun
Colleen is an avid runner racing distances from the one miler to full marathons. She’s run 20 half marathons and “nothing compares to celebrating at the finish line of the Annapolis Running Classic!” When not running, she dabbles in the triathlon world, is a mom, kindergarten teacher, kids run coach and fitness instructor.
Instagram: Jhdahlem Twitter: @Jhdahlem
Jim is a proud father and husband who loves being part of the running community. When traveling, he loves exploring a new city or park by running through it, immersing himself into the fabric of a new location at ground level and seeing so much more than driving by at high speeds. Jim qualified and ran the Boston Marathon for the first time in 2015. Then just six days after that race, he won a 5k for the first time ever! He has run over 20 half marathons and 10 full marathons. Jim’s whole family is active and into running. His wife is an accomplished marathoner and fitness instructor (and on the A Team!) and their 7 year old daughter runs races with their running club. You can often find all three Dahlems in running clothes with bib numbers on heading to a race. Besides running, one one of Jim’s favorite things to do is to cheer on his family in races. Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is how they roll!
Instagram: tracymedic Twitter: @tracymedic
Tracy is a retired firefighter paramedic and now stay at home mother to 2 boys. Her run career started a little over 6 years ago with a challenge from her Captain to complete a 5k as a “team building” exercise. Since then, Tracy has run numerous races to include her first marathon in 2015 at Marine Corps. She considers herself the average runner but has embraced the sport for the love of challenging herself. Running has also helped her develop lifelong friendships with those who share the same passion. She looks forward to again serving as an Ambassador and continuing to share her enthusiasm.
Instagram: drlizdaRosa Facebook: drlizdaRosa
Twitter lizdaRosa & RoadRacing_Liz Blog: RunUrOwnRace.com
A runner/speed walker for 15 years, Liz got into it after having her 2nd child to lose weight and have fun with another mother who just had a baby. Some of her running highlights are: winning the Hell Half Marathon-Clydesdale division and WMU-Turkey Trot (walking division) in 2004 and the past few years, doing 20+ races/year. Liz tries to do as many races as she can with her husband and children (if strollers are allowed). This year she’ll participate in her 2nd Ragnar Relay and she’s already completed 8 half marathons, even though 10k is her favorite distance. She’s been an ambassador for Active.com and several other local Maryland races. This is her 3rd year on the Across the Bay 10k race team. She’s super excited to be an ARC ambassador this year and spread the word about its awesome after party!
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Maureen’s love of running began in college to help with stress and the “freshman 15”. After years of traveling she was more than happy to return to the Annapolis Area and find a running group, some of her best memories come from races and the moments shared with friends. She first ran the Annapolis half in 2012 and returned the following year having convinced 5 family members/friends to join her – it was such an incredible experience! Maureen is a local high school health teacher where she can share her passion of exercise with her students!
Melissa is returning to Annapolis for her 3rd consecutive Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon. She is also an active member of the Team RWB, DC Chapter. In 2014, she ran her first race, the VA Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon, and caught the “runners bug”, since then racing various events to include marathon, ultra-marathon, and triathlon. Melissa is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Baylor University, a combat Veteran, currently serves in Public Affairs for the Army Surgeon General, and resides in Alexandria, VA, with her soon-to-be husband, Will.
Twitter: @claireknudsen Instagram: @claaireknudsen
Blog: Peanut Butter & Ponytails
Claire is a social media director by day and gym rat by night. She started running in college and quickly fell in love. A year after she graduated, she began training for races and hasn’t looked back since. She loves to balance running with other activities such as hot yoga, BodyPump and spin class. You can almost always find her at the gym, yoga studio or hitting the pavement after a long day at work. In her free time, she writes the blog Peanut Butter & Ponytails and likes to hang out with her soon to be husband (!) and golden retriever. Annapolis is her favorite city to race in and holds a special place in her heart becuase she ran her first half marathon here back in 2013. She has come back to race here year after year despite the tough hills and is looking forward to this year’s half marathon!
Lindsey is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and NASM-certified personal trainer. Lindsey began running in 2015 and quickly fell in love with it. She likes to challenge herself physically and empower others to do the same. She’s passionate about sports nutrition and helping fellow athletes reach their goals. Lindsey has completed 11 races in the past year, mainly in the Annapolis and greater Baltimore areas. This year, she will be competing in the Maryland Duathlon, Iron Girl Triathlon, Baltimore Marathon, and the half-marathon at the Annapolis Running Classic, among others. She’s also an avid Crossfitter with 12 Labours CrossFit.
Blog: Flecks of Lex Instagram: @flecksoflex Twitter: @flecksoflex
By day, Alexis is a happy local government employee. By night, she writes her blog (Flecks of Lex), runs races from 5ks to 200-mile relay races, and competes in volleyball tournaments with Rebellion Volleyball Club. She serves as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, a RunGo Ambassador, and this year as a member of the A-Team! She loves encouraging her friends, family members, and even strangers to give running a try. Born and raised in Maryland, Alexis loves her state, and especially loves the beauty of the state’s capital. Running the Annapolis Running Classic has turned into a tradition for her, as she ends each race year with her favorite race of all.
Allison Bourg Sauntry
Twitter: @allisonsauntry Instagram: @allisonbourg
Allison is thrilled to return for her second year as a member of the A-team. She is a runner who is truly half-crazy: The 2017 Annapolis Half Marathon will be her 14th half marathon! She has also run numerous other races, from 5Ks to full marathons, and will run in her fourth full marathon this December. Yet nothing beats the scenery and atmosphere of the Annapolis Running Classic! Allison got into distance running as a way to set goals outside of work and burn off the beer and chocolate she loves so much. She loves running through the streets of Annapolis and is excited to motivate others to do the same. Allison also serves as an ambassador for Howard County-based Rip It Events, and kickboxes at the best martial arts school around, 5 Peaks Martial Arts Academy. By day, she is the social media specialist for Anne Arundel Medical Center. Allison lives in Annapolis with her husband Micah and their cat, Jade.
Twitter: @ctevia Instagram: @ctevia
CT is a Navy wife and mother to two kids, ages five and 10. She took up running in 2009 in the effort to not only lose more than fifty pounds, but also overcome a lifelong challenge with the sport. After many months of consistent training, she ran her first half marathon and hasn’t looked back since. Her favorite distance is 13.1 miles, but she will – and has – run just about anything. In 2016, she completed her first marathon and is looking forward to tackling another one in October. A Maryland native, CT has enjoyed running in the capital area for the past five years. The Annapolis Running Classic is a favorite race and she looks forward to encouraging others to join her in 2017.
Instagram: @wefinishtogether @kimwft Facebook: We Finish Together
“We Rise By Lifting Others”. With this motto, a medal called Elvis and an incredible community, Kim founded We Finish Together, a community outreach to help others who need that lift, as so many helped her cope with her diagnosis. Kim is a former teacher and coach, and a proud USNA ’85 Marine wife. Running and We Finish Together have been the therapy to keep pushing forward – her miles might be slower, but her voice could not be any stronger thanks to each and every person who is part of We Finish Together, and its now global outreach. “Start Something, Join Something, Be the Change”. Kim runs for Wear Blue, and is also a Lululemon Ambassador, Balega Ambassador, and November Project Tribe member. For more about what inspires Kim to run, Google her story in the Runner’s World 2015 Digital Edition. Kim is excited to be an A-Team Ambassador as Annapolis has been huge part of her life with her family, and now provides one more goal.
Instagram: debstrongerbytheminute Twitter: @dboswo1
Deb Strong has been running for 14 years; and would have told you that 20 years ago “I hate running!” Running, now is her “me time.” It allows her to participate as an individual or as part of a group, with friends, with strangers, and within a community that is accepting like none other. Over the years, she’s completed 5 marathons, 24 half marathons, and countless races of shorter distances. Deb is super excited to berunning in her state’s capital, and is pushing for a PR!
Blog: http://www.runjenniferrun.com Instagram: runjenniferrun Twitter: @jenniferrunning
Jennifer started running for fun while she was in college, attributing that to her new surroundings and friends. Her first race was a local Thanksgiving 10K in Bethesda, Maryland. In the past 10 years she’s run 5Ks, four marathons, and practically every distance in between (her favorite distances are the 10 miler and the half marathon). While running a lot of races, her work/life balance was a bit skewed and had an impact on her fitness and health. During the Fall of 2013, she recommitted herself to running and a healthier balanced lifestyle. The Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon was one of the first (of many) races she ran during that time. To hold herself accountable, she began blogging at Run Jenny Run and is currently training for the 2017 Berlin Marathon. She is excited to be a member of the A-Team again and looks forward to running the 10K again this November.
The Rest of the 2017 A-Team (Photos and Bios to come)