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SFRRC Club Ambassadors


Our inaugural group of our club ambassadors has established themselves as gracious advocates of our sport and club through their running knowledge (of races, training, and more), good spirit, and leadership. Our ambassador team is here to help guide and encourage new/current members and guests at our Saturday runs, Kezar track on Tuesdays, Club Nights, and other events. And every so often Club Ambassadors might just host a morning coffee run or evening "neighborhood" run. Plus, help us all spread the love of the San Francisco Road Runners Club in this wonderful city of ours and invite others to join us.


What Our Ambassador Team Brings:

  • Comfort that someone else is here as your advocate to help
  • A little bit of fun and joy
  • Presence at club events, marathons, and other races around the world
  • A listening ear and insight into our sport, club, marathons and more
We will announce our club ambassadors at the beginning of every monthly "open" breakfast run. They'll be able to help our guests and potential members find the right pace group, answer questions, and make you feel at home in our warm & welcoming community.

The ambassador team is new, so bear with us as we shape it. Thank you and we hope you'll come run with us soon!



RAUL TIANSAY | CLUB AMBASSADOR CAPTAIN 

What started as an earnest desire to keep active after many years of team sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer) and a stark realization that no NBA, Olympics, or Premier League future was in the cards, has become an over decade and a half adventure in running and quest for continuous improvement. Raul joined SFRRC in 2010, immersed himself in the discipline, highs as well as challenges of running, cherished the friendships formed and nurtured through the years, and amassed an impressive (> 250 pairs!) collection of running shoes (and yes, socks). To date, he has completed 20 combined US and international marathons along with an equal number of half-marathons, most of which were accomplished after joining SFRRC. Raul is as much a student of running as he is an evangel for sharing experiences, knowledge, and the joys of running as a lifestyle. When not training for a race, he loves to travel (of course, with running gear always packed) indulging in a not too infrequent apple fritter as a reward.

    


ALEJANDRA CADENA | CLUB AMBASSADOR 

Alejandra has been enthusiastic about running since she began five years ago in New York City. She used to remember seeing the NYC Marathon and feeling sad because she thought she could never be one of them. Back then when she ran her knee would hurt so she would think that running wasn't for me, never mind running a marathon. However Alejandra joined a running club and as her confidence grew she set a goal to run the NYC Marathon in 2014. She finished in a time of 4:13:49, and the next year ran it again and lowered her time by 10 minutes. It was then that she believed and thought "I am a runner." That feeling of confidence helped her to complete 8 marathons in places over the world, 1 ultra-marathon and other types of races too. In 2017, she accomplished her goal of qualifying for Boston 2019. Dreams do come true. We think of her as a natural born ambassador who loves to travel, connect people, encourage, and, yes, run!

  


BRANDON HEIKEN | CLUB AMBASSADOR 

Brandon fell in love with running as a kid on soccer fields and basketball courts. He ran track in middle school and high school and has exercised regularly since then. The camaraderie and coaching insights from the San Francisco Road Runner Club have helped Brandon to improve his running significantly the last couple of years.


  


MICHAEL JANIS | CLUB AMBASSADOR 

After trying unsuccessfully to lose those “last 5 pounds” Michael reluctantly took up running. One mile in, he thought there was no way he could keep it up. Keep it up he did and he trained for his first half marathon on a treadmill. Realizing there had to be a better way, he succumbed to friends’ prodding and tried out SFRRC at the January 2011 kickoff. He’s been hooked ever since! Many half marathons and some marathons later, Michael looks forward to Saturday morning runs and Tuesday track sessions. The support and camaraderie is invaluable and all the friendships are priceless.




KIRSTEN REED | CLUB AMBASSADOR 

From early childhood, Kirsten cheered her dad on during his marathons and watched her mom call him crazy. The craziness was contagious and despite best efforts to become a soccer player, it lead Kirsten to pursue running in high school track and cross country. The addiction continued into college with cautious experimentation with half marathons, and eventually (and even more cautiously) running full marathons. Kirsten's favorite part of running is that is it naturally inclusive; anyone can use running for any purpose, which makes it the perfect sport to make connections with people you might never get the chance to meet. You don't need any fancy equipment (other than the sweet running shoes we all obsess over); running is just about what your body can do. SFRRC embodies this inclusivity and diversity, and helps introduce the simplicity and joy of running to more athletes. Kirsten looks forward to continuing to pass on the crazy, and use running as an escape, the perfect balance of zen and power.

 


TONY RILEY | CLUB AMBASSADOR 

In 2013 Peter weighted 205 lbs. His neighbor suggested he take up running again. He said ok and went for a run. Half a mile later was out of breath and both knees and ankle hurt. It was painful, but he kept at it. A few months later, Tony ran his first half marathon in 2 hours and 7 minutes. He thought he was going to die and "never again" he told himself. Never came and went. Over the next three years Tony's weight dropped to 137 lbs (it's crept up a little since) and his half marathon time came down to 1:32. Tony now run 5 days a week and if it wasn't for work would run more. Tony says, if he can do it, especially from where he started, anyone can and hopes to be able to be able to help encourage (and mentor) fellow Road Runners. "Progress Not Perfection" is his motto.



SHAGUN TOUGAS | CLUB AMBASSADOR 

Shagun joined the San Francisco Road Runners Club in 2012, with the aim to train for and run her first marathon, which she did in 2013. She has since run three marathons and several half marathons, and plans to do many more. SFRRC has provided her the opportunity to train harder and smarter than she would have on her own, run longer than she would have ever imagined, and make friends that she would have never met. Shagun loves the camaraderie of SFRRC and running in our beautiful city of San Francisco.




SUSAN WU | CLUB AMBASSADOR 

Susan started running in 2010 after cheering people on for the Boston Marathon. She remembers her first run along the Charles River in Boston. It took a long time to complete, but she felt so happy afterwards and loved the running endorphins. Running became her habit and her way to release the work stress while living in Japan. In 2014, she ran Tokyo marathon in 5hr 58mins and wasn't able to walk for a week. Right after the race, Susan was interviewed by a running magazine, and felt so much achievement at that moment. In 2016, she ran the New York City Marathon, and dropped her time by well over an hour. After moving to San Francisco, she beginning training by herself, but the training became so difficult, especially for a long runs. She found SFRRC and loves training with her pace group and working on her speed at the track. In 2017 Susan got her next PR in Chicago and now starts to dream, maybe one day she can run Boston!

    


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