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I have been running for 22+ years now. I have ran 10 marathons, including qualifying and finishing the Boston Marathon in 2015. I will run my 50th Half Marathon in 2019! Running is a passion of mine. I enjoy encouraging others! I also love to support local races, whenever I can! I have run the half EOTT and the 10k.
My name is Melissa Britt and I am from Bakersfield California. I started running in 2012, but did not start running races until 2016. I have ran over 50 races. I was born with a defect in my heart, known as Atrial Septal Defect. Hole in the heart. I had surgery to repair the hole in July 2018. Running is where I find my peace. Where I can process my thoughts. My ideas. Running is the way I release any worries I may have. It also helps reassure me that I will be healthy and around to see my children grow. I am the mother of 6 beautiful children who inspire me to become a better me today, than yesterday. I want to inspire them and instill a lifelong want for fitness.
Damaris is a full time Mental Health Therapist that is addicted to running and helping other runners reach the finish line. She fell in love with the sport after participating in a 5K six years ago. Since then she has completed 28 full marathons, 48 half marathons and 4 50Ks. She has been fast, she has been slow and believes that if she can do it anyone can. For her, running is the combination of achieving personal aspirations and being active. In her view running is not just about physical activity, running has become part of who she is. She knows that when life gets tough, complicated or out of control, she can always put on those shoes and go for a run. Running helps her with her own mental health. Most importantly running has taught her that she can do hard things when she sets her mind to it, that she can overcome obstacles and that can push her limits
Karen is an avid equestrian but also has recently also found a passion for running and fitness. After getting hurt in a horse wreck in the fall of 2013 and taking a year off of most everything. Finding a way to get in shape was a must. Working out and then finding running changed her life. In 2015 a friend talked her into a 5k after that she completed 7 of them. Since then Karen has ran in multiple Half Marathons, 10k, 5k and even the Tar Spring Ranch 50k. She is proud and honored to be a part of the 2019 End of the Trail Half Marathon & 10K Ambassador Team.
My name is Nathan Ortiz. I am a retired member of the USAF and serving our country again as a teacher at Redwood High School. I am also a member of the Visalia Runners. 4 years ago I was told I would never run again after having back surgery. Through this Ambassador program I hope to show everyone with determination, sweat and tears..... anything is possible!
I am a Wife, Mother, Caretaker, Career woman, I am a RUNNER. Running has changed my life and while I am no first place runner, I have found the joy in MY journey. Faith, Family & Fitness is my why & chasing pavement is my high! Life is a roller coaster and we weren't meant to do life alone, so God created runners. Always remember, Forward is a pace!
Last year I was honored to be the ‘first’ unofficial EOTT ambassador. I loved promoting this race with my various run groups as well as on social media. It was so exciting to pump the race up and when I heard the Race had sold out I was proud and hope that I made a small bit of that possible. The past few years running has gotten me through some anxiety and depression, people are not joking when they talk about exercise and endorphins!! This race really holds a special place in my heart. If I had not had such an amazing first time experience Ian have never gone back to it. I may be a slower than average runner - and will probably not ever win age group awards but I run with heart and passion and love to share that!! I would be honored to come back as an ambassador and to run EOTT for the 4th time!
Running has been an on and off thing for me for several years but my journey really began in the last year and a half after having my second babygirl. Running started out as a way to loose weight while still being able to be with my girls. It turned into so much more for me as I began seeing what my body was capable of. In the last year and a half I’ve tackled 2 half marathons, 1 10miler, 2 10ks and quite a few 5k races. I’ve watched some lbs go but became more impressed seeing my PR times improve. Not to mention there is nothing better then seeing those sweet girls smiles at the end of the finish line waiting for me. I’m just your average mother runner chasing my own goals while trying to juggle being a mom of two, wife & full time employee.
My name is Rosemary Rodriguez, I am 37 years old and have only been running for a year and some change. I am currently a student to become a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. My best title given to me is TIA aka Aunt. My family is very supportive with all my crazy ideas and I am a YOLO for lifer..... YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE! I have over came many obstacles in my life but it made me who I am today. I joined Porterville Runners group in 2017. I live by this “I believe I can so I do” “she believed she could so she did!”
Hello friends! I’m Yvonne Borjas, born and raised in the Central Valley. My journey in running started a little over 10 years ago with short distance races here locally. Then I gradually step into half marathons (49+ races), full marathons (13+ races), ultra trail marathons (2+ races) and obstacle course racing (2 Spartan Trifectas). Along the way I’ve meet and became a part of local running clubs; BNB Runners, OCTR_Beasts, Central Valley Spartan Athletes, Half Fanatics, Marathon Maniacs, San Joaquin Running Tribe, to name a few. As I continue my journey in my passion for running, I hope I can inspire and motivate individuals into the love of running. God Bless!
About me: Fresno, CA native & Fresno State alum (Major: Liberal Studies, Minor: Japanese). Spent my 4th year of college in Kochi, Japan and am now fluent in Japanese, German, and some Spanish. I work in the Automotive Industry at a Logistics Coordinator for a large Japanese oil company. Took up running in 2016 to gain endurance for ice hockey and have now completed over a dozen half marathons (and numerous 5K & 10K races) since then. Avid sports fan who enjoys hiking, collecting sports memorabilia, travel, craft beers & various ethnic foods. I used to hate running, but I love how the running community is so encouraging & supportive of each other. I am now training for my 1st full marathon (the LA Marathon) in March 2019!
Hello Everyone! It is an honor to have the opportunity to be an ambassador for EOTT2019. I am an aspiring nursing student with the dream of becoming the first Hmong Family Nurse Practitioner to run a 15 minute 15 minute 5k and to complete 50 marathons in 50 states. I completed my first marathon this year in August and it was an amazing experience! I want to share my passion about the healthcare field and running and I have found the best way to do that is to TRAVEL and MOTIVATE others through my ACTIONS. Running and a lifestyle change has allowed me to go from 230 pounds to 145 pounds! Its a pleasure to have this opportunity and I look forwards to meeting all of you fellow runners!