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SFRRC Board of Directors

Thanks for choosing the San Francisco Road Runners Club. It is our honor and privilege to serve you. And it is our hope and intention to steer the San Francisco Road Runners along enjoyable paths to bright places. We look forward to seeing you and your smiles this weekend or very soon.

If you have suggestions/ways to make things better, please talk to us. Then, consider sharing your talents to help us.
Together we're better. Thank you!



LISA GRIFFIN | CHAIR - BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Lisa is one of the founding members who created the SFRRC in 2001. A track and distance runner since age 15, she firmly believes that running changes lives. After serving on the Board as everything from route creator to vice president of operations in the early years of the club, Lisa settled into her favorite role as coach, helping her fellow club mates to achieve their running goals. In addition to running more than 20 marathons, she has also done numerous triathlons and trail runs, and is even contemplating an ultra or two. Lisa returned to the SFRRC Board in the fall of 2016 with renewed energy and passion to enhance the club experience for all our members. 

 


JOHN BRUST | CO-PRESIDENT 

John first joined the club for a run in 2013 on our “Run for Boston” night from Kezar Stadium. And thought then, after a long time since “training” for a marathon, what nice group of people and opportunity SFRRC offered. Shortly after, he set his goal to qualify for Boston. And along the way has greatly enjoyed the camaraderie with other runners in the club and the accountability that comes with the territory. John says he could not have run as well or have enjoyed running again like he has without the San Francisco Road Runners. Along with his brother, he has run marathons on all 7 Continents, including Antarctica. He's a VDOT O2 (Jack Daniels) Certified distance running coach and leads our Tuesday evening workouts at Kezar Stadium.

  


JENN DAVIS | CO-PRESIDENT 

Jenn moved from the east coast to San Francisco so she could run year round. Before the SFRRC Club was founded, Jenn ran into Jeff Galloway on a 10K run and he asked if she’d help start a marathon coaching group in the city. She jumped at the chance. A few years later that group became SFRRC. 19 marathons, an ultra and several triathlons later, Jenn is thrilled to be back with SFRRC. “Running is a huge part of who I am, most of my San Francisco friends have been made while on a run, training for races, and celebrating the finish at dinner. Life is better when you can run it off!”



VINCE THOMAS | TREASURER 

After a test run with the group in 2012 Vince was convinced that SFRRC was right for him and joined shortly thereafter. What he enjoys most about SFRRC is “the diversity of the group, everyone comes from different backgrounds and has different life experiences but all share the common aspect of running”. His most memorable run was his “30-for-30” in which he completed 1 mile in celebration for each year of life, 30 in total. Several SFRRC members and friends assisted with planning, running, and hosting water stops for the private event. In addition to running, Vince also enjoys cycling and swimming and has a professional background in Corporate Finance, which comes in handy in his club role as Treasurer.

  


KAREN CARNAHAN | SECRETARY 

Karen joined SFRRC in 2010. She is a San Francisco native and has been running in the city for the past 30 years. “I started running consistently after the birth of my second daughter who is now 28. I pushed her around Lake Merced in one of the first baby joggers ever invented! “ Having run solo for many years, Karen decided to join the club for the camaraderie and training opportunities. She has run over 25 marathons including New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.

  


TAMAR BEN-SHACHAR | WEBMASTER 

Tamar became a member of SFRRC in 2017 after joining for a Saturday long run.  A marathon runner, she ran the Boston Marathon for the first time last April. She is a bay area native and thinks the best way to learn about a city is to run it.

    



JIMMY CAPUTO |  SPONSORSHIPS 

Jimmy has been a runner since he joined his high school's cross country team his sophomore year. He first joined SFRRC in 2015, and later that year after months of training with others in the club, he ran his first Boston-qualifying marathon in Santa Rosa. Since then, he's completed the Boston and Chicago Marathons, many road and trail half marathons, and one trail ultra marathon. He's also taken a brief detour into the world of triathlons although running remains his true passion. He plans to complete all six World Marathon Majors by the year 2020.

  


GRACE FONG | MEMBERSHIP

Grace joined SFRRC in 2008 after a friend encouraged her to join. As a beginning runner, she participated in Running 101 and eventually became an avid runner finishing her first 10k race within the same year.  Since then, she's gone on to run a 5k, five half-marathons, and two marathons over the years. It has been the enthusiasm, and encouragement of both coaches and runners that challenged her to race and complete marathons. Currently, Grace is active in track workouts with future goals of running more marathons in 2018!



LAURA GARLAND | MEMBERSHIP 

Laura has been running since 2005, and has been with SFRRC since December 2015. She joined the week her husband and she moved to the Bay Area from Indianapolis, Indiana. During a vacation to San Francisco in 2014, she ran with her friend who was a member of SFRRC at the time, and it really inspired her to want to run with a club! When she got back to Indiana, she joined their local club. While living in Indiana, she ran about 10 half marathons and 2 full marathons. Since joining SFRRC, Laura has run a 10k, 2 half marathons, two Ragnar relays, and a marathon. She was able to PR her half marathon by just over 5 minutes and her marathon by about 20 minutes! Both were scary goals to set, but with the help of the SFRRC community, Laura felt she had the support and training to make it a reality. Meeting all of the members from all over the Bay Area and world is one of the best parts of the club, and she loves being a part of the team that makes it all happen!

    


LADAN GEHRING | CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Ladan has been passionate about running since middle school. She’s become even more involved after the birth of her son, who’s turning nine this year, and hasn’t let up since. She’s a social runner who’s always enjoyed running with friends. When she discovered SFRRC last year, she was immediately drawn to the positive energy, strong community, and passion for running the organization had to offer.  Since then she’s run three half marathons, the hood to coast relay, and several 5K and 10K events—four of which she ran with her son. She’s currently training for her first full marathon which she’ll run next Summer and is hoping with support of the SFRRC family to one day achieve her longtime dream of completing the Berlin marathon. Ladan has a professional background in visual design and corporate branding. If you can’t find her hovering over her sketchbook, you might find her running races around the world looking for inspiration.



RON KOZLOWSKI | SPONSORSHIPS 

Ron Kozlowski has been a member of the San Francisco Road Runners in two stints, most recently from 2014. And during that time has been a pace group leader for the 9:00 run/walk and 8:30 run/walk pace groups. Ron has run only a few marathons (San Francisco, Chicago, Rome) but hopes and looks forward to do at least one per year going forward. Ron staples include the shorter distance races including Kaiser Half Marathon, Bay to Breakers, IPA runs, etc. You can often hear him chatting about Chicago sports teams, travel and beer tasting with the 8:30 pace group. 



AUDREY MELOFCHIK | MARKETING / SOCIAL MEDIA 

When Audrey moved to San Francisco, one of the first things she did was look for a running club.  “I love to run with a group and trade stories while we run. I had an amazing club in NY with great programs and wonderful people.” After trying a few running clubs, Audrey found SFRRC and knew immediately she had found her new group. Since then, she has been a regular on Saturday morning runs around the city and enjoyed the weeknight runs when her work life permits. It’s been the perfect way to get to know her new city and meet new friends. Audrey’s favorite race is a half marathon, which seemed long until she started running with a group. Her goal is to run a half every month over the next year in her new corner of the US.



SUE VARE | APPAREL  

Sue is a fitness enthusiast that started running as a challenge from a personal trainer to run a half marathon about 6 years ago in New York City. She quickly began to love the stress relief and camaraderie that came with the activity and knew it needed to remain part of her fitness regimen. When she moved to San Francisco she realized she missed running and turned to SFRRC as her new running crew. While she has ran many half marathons, she is looking to conquer the full marathon in the next year!!


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