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SFRRC Race Captains


San Francisco Road Runners Club has race captains for each of the major/local 2019 Marathons (Kaiser Half, Napa, Oakland, Boston, Big Sur, Mountains 2 Beach, San Francisco, Berlin, St. George, Chicago, New York, CIM) and the Hot Chocolate Race and North Face Endurance Challenge. Additionally, an SFRRC coach will work along with each race captain for questions and coaching tips.

Race captains help organize and encourage our runners training for these marathons and aim to organize a dinner during training prior to the
 race. The idea is a casual dinner to just talk about what to expect, share course and other preparation ideas, etc. If possible, we aim to have one of our coaches with you at these early dinners too. For destination race, our race captains also organize a dinner spot for the evening before and help get a group photo for the club. We hope this will help make your marathon experience a little easier and more enjoyable.

 2019 Race Captains
IVAN VALDESHOT CHOCOLATE 15k/5k - January 13th

As many Mexican kids do, Ivan started running while playing soccer. In high school he joined the track and field team, and ran the uncommon distance of the 1000 meters. After graduating from college and getting out of shape, he started road running. After moving to the Bay Area he discovered trail running, where he spends most of the time on weekends. You can see him in several long distance trail races, and occasionally in road races. After many years of running solo, he joined the club last August along with his wife Erika.

Ivan should, fingers crossed, be one of our first SFRRC runners finished, and will be cheering you all on in the final sprint to the finish. Please join Ivan after you finish and help cheer on the rest of our club. He will aim to get a group photo then. Thanks for your wonderful support of the San Francisco Road Runners and kindness and generosity with us, Ivan! We really appreciate it.


MATT JEUNG | KAISER HALF, 10k and 5k - February 3rd

When he was 7, Matt ran his first race, the Bay to Breakers with his parents and sister. He was grateful that year for the assist up Haye’s street hill by his dad via piggy-back and since then he has associated running with fun, community, humility and a helping hand. Over 20+ Bay to Breakers, 18 marathons, 3 ultramarathons and many stories and friendships later, Matt joined the club at the January 2018 kickoff. Largely, through the help of the club’s encouragement and positive vibes, he pushed himself to his best year of running and is looking forward to more awesomeness.  

Please join Matt and other road runners for a pre-race on Thursday, January 31 at Hi-Dive to talk running and to wish each other well. Matt will be running the half marathon and gathering road runners at the beginning and end of the races for encouragement, along with photos and celebration. Please sign-up and best of luck with your running!

        

ALEJANDRA CADENA | BOSTON MARATHON - April 15th

Alejandra began running in 2012 thinking she could never be a marathoner and doubted her abilities as a runner. She joined a running club in New York and her confidence grew, and did run a marathon, and then another, and kept getting faster. In 2017, Alejandra joined SFRRC and earned an entry to the Boston Marathon. “Being part of the SFRRC helped a lot to achieve this dream.” From being doubtful-to believing-to Boston. She hopes to share the same enthusiasm, love and spirit of running with others.

Alejandra will aim to gather our Boston Marathon team together for a meal before heading to Boston, and at the race will help us set a meeting spot for a shake-out jog or simply to meet up at the expo. We'll also have a post-race meeting location. 


 Fall 2018 Race Captains

"KATE"SAINT GEORGE MARATHON - October 6

Come join our loved Kate and crew for the downhill St. George Marathon. Our East Coast transplant keeps us all motoring on the running paths where we train. While she won't admit it, she's one of our fastest gals, who thanks to her meditation (and running) keeps a clear mind and level head amongst the stresses of Bay Area work and living. Thanks for your great support Kate!

She'll be helping organize travel ideas to the marathon, plus meals, encouragement, and photos of our San Francisco Road Runners on the roads of Utah. Please register for the race on our calendar, so we know everybody who is going. Coach Jon Lui will be working alongside Kate to share tips on the marathon itself (which Jon has run) and other good training/race thoughts too!




LUKE TOUGASTWIN CITIES MARATHON - October 7

Yes, it is true. Our pied piper of the popular 10-minute/mile pace group is taking his warmth of personality and attraction of followers beyond the streets of San Francisco. In fact, he's taking it all the way to the midwest and leading a wonderful crew to streets that have been know to be lined with men and women who share his joys. 

Luke will be encouraging his crew for their long runs in the weeks and finding just that right place for a healthy pre-race meal 12-hours before start time. He's also promised us a nice group photo of our San Francisco Road Runners together somewhere in Minnesota. Please register for the race on our calendar, so we know everybody who is going.




CHRISTINE OFRECIOCHICAGO MARATHON - October 7

Our encourager with her infectious joyful spirit is bringing her gifts to that beautiful city on Lake Michigan. During training with our San Francisco Road Runners, if you're fast/lucky, Christine can be caught with 8:00/mile pace group, thou at track on Tuesdays can rarely be matched on the endurance scale. Yup, she qualified for Boston earlier this year. And there's more to come... Go Christine!  

Christine is going to get reservations at a nice pasta place with gluten-free options for our Chicago crew to gather the early evening (she mentioned 5pm) before the race. She'll also get our club photo at dinner that night too! Please register for the race on our calendar, so we know everybody who is going. Thanks everybody!



ANNE KERRNEW YORK CITY MARATHON - November 4 

We are thrilled to have Anne as our race captain for the NYC Marathon! She and her husband Paul joined the club this spring and bring their good spirits to us all often. New York will be Anne's 4th marathon. The others, in order, Utah Valley (2015), Carlsbard (2016), and Marine Corps (2016.) She's done a bunch of half marathons, with her first one here in San Francisco - the Nike Women's Half in 2013. Go Anne!

We encourage all running NYC Marathon to sign-up and let us know your running it. It make is easier for us to know who we can cheer on! Also, Anne will set a certain time and spot for club members to meet (perhaps at the entrance doors to the Marathon Expo or in front of the large course map at the expo) for a photo. She may also email the crew for anyone who would like to join for a pre-race pasta meal. 


AUDE HOFLEITNER NORTH FACE ENDURANCE CHALLENGE - November 17-18 

Aude originally comes from Paris and arrived in the Bay 10 years ago. After a few years she surprised herself (and her friends!!) getting into running. She ran her first marathon in Big Sur 2016 and got hooked! She discovered trail running last year doing the Wild Cat Canyon Half and decided to push it a knot further this year with the Double Dipsea and the North Face Challenge 50K (first ultra!). Oh yes, she also crushed the Chicago Marathon this year, adding a nicer BQ/PR time to the belt. :)

Until race day, you'll often see Aude at our Sunday trail runs, at track on Tuesdays, and as often as she can at our Saturday club runs. She'll be helping organize a breakfast for our North Face Challenge runners after one of those Sunday runs. Come join! And yes, for sure, the group photo of our San Francisco Road Runners on the beautiful trails. Please register for the race on our calendar, so we know everybody who is going. Thanks for your support, Aude!



SINA ABOUTALEBI CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL MARATHON (CIM) - December 2

Sina had been part of the club in and off for 11 years and has been running since he was 14. Sina joined the club with the single goal of qualifying for the Boston marathon and he did just that at the California International Marathon in 2007. He has run a total of 7 marathons including another Boston Marathon in 2013 and he is currently training for CIM in December. 

Sina will be gathering the San Francisco Road Runners at Mamma Susanna's Ristorante Italiano at 5:30pm on Saturday. Following tradition, we'll likely be getting the club photo at dinner. Thanks for your help and support, Sina! Wishing you all a great training cycle.



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