MEET OUR 2016 AMBASSADORS
Amanda loves meeting new people and learning about what drives them to run. When she first moved to Seattle, Amanda credits the local running groups that she joined in making her feel like she belonged. Amanda has inspired many of her friends to train and run races and hopes to grow that number as an ambassador. Amanda has completed full and half marathons throughout the country, including Pittsburgh, Portland, Chicago, New York, Seattle and Mercer Island. She also enjoys exploring new trails throughout the city.
Zombie Running Princess
Welcome back, Bonnie! As one of our 2015 ambassadors, Bonnie supported the marathon throughout the Pacific Northwest and even nationwide. Bonnie is a social media manager, dreamer, and die-hard wrestling fan. This Portland native and mid-pack runner, planned on running one 5K and then calling it a day. That was 21 half marathons and five full marathons ago. Bonnie believes that anyone can run if they put their mind to it. Check out why Bonnie just can't quit us at the Seattle Marathon on her blog: Zombie Running Princess.
Gig Harbor, WA
At 38 years old, Deanna said "I am gonna be a runner." Her first race was the 5K as part of Tacoma City Marathon. That same year, Deanna ran her first half in the same month as the Seattle Marathon. She knew that the marathon would be her moment. Deanna believes in the "miracle mile," the stretch of road that lays in front of any runner begging you to try just one more mile. She may never win a race, but when she crossed the finish line at the Seattle Marathon, Deanna knew she was a runner!
Port Orchard, WA
As he approaches his sixth decade, Doug has no apprehensions, rather a bit of excitement to enter a new age bracket! Doug was hooked after running the Seattle half in 2009, following that he qualified for the Half Fanatics and ran a few marathons. As a public affairs officer at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Doug delights in encouraging others to run. He claims not to be the fastest nor the swiftest, but like many others, uses training for distance as a perfect way to blend the necessary discipline, dedication, drive, determination and desire to achieve. When Doug sees someone with a Seattle Marathon shirt on, he goes out of his way to high five ‘em in the market or corner coffee shop, so be ready!
As a social outlet and stress reliever, Erica began running when she entered college at Western Washington University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Exercise & Sports Science and doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Eastern Washington University. Erica practices in Seattle, specializing in Orthopedics and Women’s Health. She volunteers in the medical tents at many races when she's not running in them. Erica enjoys long runs when she travels, her favorite being along the Thames River in London. She has run in several half marathons, including the Nike Women’s Half Marathon and the Lululemon Half Marathon.
James C. Johnson
James says at 68, he's entitled to do "the old man's shuffle." Just a year ago, James couldn't walk without help after 3 months in a hospital for a muscle-nerve collapse. After many months of physical therapy, James went from walking with a cane to running in his first half marathon, the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. James was not only proud to have finished his first half, but proud to have finished it safely, thanks to physical therapy and orthopedics, and his personal support team. James has led presentations highlighting his recovery, training and half marathon run.
Jessica began running 5 years ago to lose what she calls the "workplace 10." Even though she struggled a bit through her first 5k, sheexperienced her first “runner’s-high" and was hooked! She eventually trained for and finished her first half marathon, the 2012 Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. With multiple halves completed and confidence built, Jessica decided to run a 26.2 marathon to celebrate her 26th birthday. After long training runs, tears of frustration andinjuries including an appendectomy, Jessica crossed the finish line at the 2015 Chicago Marathon in 5:08.
Karena is an inspiring face for the Seattle Marathon. After running her first half marathon with us and winning the Seattle Marathon Expo Hunt, Karena has been celebrating running even before becoming an official ambassador. And, she's only been running for two years! By trade, Karena is an artist and graphic designer. She spends her days balancing family time, running, and work. Karena has a great heart as well. As part of her half marathon, she helpedraise funds for one of our local charity partners. Check out Karena on the run via Instagram or through her blog www.karenatran.com.
After several months of dealing with a nagging injury, Kimberlee is back to running full strength in 2016. Her goal for 2016 is to qualify for the Marathon Maniacs via the Seattle Marathon. She's got her eyes set on Portland and New York as well. Kimberlee can easily relate to first-time runners, as she is starting this process all over for herself, after not running a marathon in more than 10 years.
Running is Kimberley's passion. She's been active in the marathon community for seven years and run 43 marathons, including four ultras. Kimberley has run the Seattle Marathon five times, citing it as her favorite and most challenging. Her running achievements are matched with a kind heart, as she has run for good causes and in honor of passed loved ones. Kimberley loves running the Seattle Marathon and looks forward to inspiring others to run as well.
Michelle began running three years ago all because a race had some awesome "swag," but was instantly hooked. She never considered herself as a "runner" because she was not as fast as most, but after dropping 80lbs, Michelle is ready to step up her game and take on the marathon. After running a few half marathons, Michelle quickly realized via Facebook how much her transformation was inspiring others. She received requests for running tips and motivation, and she prides herself in knowing that she has helped so many people become healthier.
Monirul started running 6 years ago at the age of 30. A heavy smoker then, it took Monirul six months before he could run 3 miles without stopping. He has not looked back since. Every other month, Monirul commits to running a half marathon. He's not a flashy, gear guy because for him, running is about the spirit. He encourages people of all physical capacity to run, believing that anyone can do whatever they set out to do. Monirul has run with Seattle Marathon half 3 times and the full marathon once.
Tyler recently returned home to the Puget Sound area from New York City, where he reengaged with running after a long injury and joined the New York Road Runners. Tyler has returned to teach in a private school working with students with autism. He uses his love for running and training to teach his students to achieve their athletic or academic goals. But mostly, he aids in their success to integrate well with and in society. In addition to running the Seattle Marathon, Tyler has run the NYC Marathon three times.
What Ambassadors do:
- Be happy and fun!
- Train and race in Seattle Marathon gear
- Participate in the 2016 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon full or half run or walk.
- Distribute collateral in their hometown (at running stores, local races, etc.)
- Spread the word about the Seattle Marathon Family of Events (through local running clubs, social media, blogging, etc) and answering questions.
- Post pictures and short blurbs about your training (in SM gear) to your personal social media page as well as SM's twice a month.
- Participate in monthly #RunSeattleChat Twitter sessions
- Cover our vendor booth at 2 promotional events throughout the calendar year. Events cannot be ones that the ambassador is registered for.
- Volunteer at the SMA 10K
- Volunteer a minimum of 4 hours on Friday or Saturday of race weekend.
What Ambassadors Get:
- Seattle Marathon Ambassador Starter’s Kit, including Official Seattle Marathon Association Gear
- Free entry to 2017 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon
- Featured / guest blog post
- Ambassador profile hosted on Seattle Marathon Website
- Seattle Marathon Family of Event discount codes for friends
- 50% off entry to 2016 Seattle Marathon 10k Race
- Discount on SMA Merchandise throughout the year
- Access to other promotional items as they become available through our amazing sponsors.