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Dave started running in 8th grade, doing the 800m, 1600m, and high jump among other track events. He enjoys running for the exercise, not the competition, and the feeling of mental escape and being untethered when he runs. Dave enjoys the social aspect of group runs, as well as the mental aspect of running alone. He's a "naked" runner, leaving gadgets and music behind to focus on the joy of the run alone. Dave averages 20 to 25 miles a week, and his "perfect run" is a solo, early morning run in 72 degree rain. His go-to gear: Balega socks, which keep his feet comfortable and dry even on wet runs. He's done the Cleveland Half-Marathon twice as well as the 5k there, and he's currently training for the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon in May, and looking forward to experiencing the motivation of the Pittsburgh crowd cheering as he runs.
While playing other sports, Ian noticed that he was fast, so decided to compete in cross country and track. He averages about 30-50 miles per week and up to 70 or even more if he is training for a marathon. Between competing in track, cross country and other marathons, he’s lost count of the number of races he's participated in over the years. In high school, Ian medaled at the PIAA State Meet and was ranked 3rd overall in the WPIAL. His college running career at Virginia Tech was ended after he suffered a torn meniscus, but he didn’t let that stop him: he still competes regularly and is working to regain his speed. He hopes to reach his goal of finishing a marathon in 2:30:00. Ian runs in Brooks and Adidas shoes.
Sarah started running after watching her older brother, and now she regularly runs 30-40 miles per week. Sarah enjoys the thrill of a 5K, looking at the sidelines and seeing her friends and family, especially her sister, cheering her on. In high school, she set multiple records, and in college at Robert Morris University, she was an MVP and team captain. But Sarah also knows setbacks: during college, she missed the entire indoor track season and as a result wasn’t her best when it was time to compete in outdoor track. But as a runner, she understands that not every time will be her time, and her determination to come back gave her the edge compete even more strongly the next year. Sarah is originally from Bedford, PA, and enjoys running in her Brooks shoes, 2XU compression tights and Nike apparel. She hopes to continue to improve her speed in 5Ks and 10Ks, maybe even train for a half marathon.
Elisabeth started running young with her mother, who is a marathon runner, and began competitive cross country in 7th grade. It was the "punishment" of having to run laps in team sports, however, that made her realize that running was truly her sport of choice. As a freshman in college, she ran in regionals, and even though her doctor told her not to run, she discovered she actually felt better when she ran. Elisabeth has overcome her share of injuries, including being sidelined last year with a fractured ankle, but she still supported her cross country teammates by cheering them on, running splits with them, and running with them off season. Her go-to run is a trail run with her dog Lucy. Building on her experiences at the Steelers Gatorade 5K and Race for the Cure, she's looking forward to helping her sister into the sport of running via the Girls on the Run 5K.
Kelly is a natural-born competitor and ran for her school’s track team all through high school and college. Now, she enjoys road running, usually fitting in around 10-20 miles per week. Kelly is a pentathlete, so she regularly mixes her running with lifting, hills and track work. She sticks closely to her track roots, competing in open events around the city. In 2011, she claimed the PSAC Pentathlon title for Slippery Rock University. She has suffered a dislocated knee cap, but she doesn’t let injury stop her. Kelly is used to competing in multiple events, so she doesn’t dwell on bad days, staying confident and looking to the next event. She hopes to compete in some triathlons and has an interest in getting into trail running. She coaches track and loves all things Nike.
An avid softball player in high school and college, Danielle took up running two and a half years ago as a means to stay competitive and in-shape. Now, she’s a dedicated trail runner, competing in races nearly every weekend, and averaging 40-60 miles per week. She usually wins her age group and has also won 5 races outright. One of her best memories is coming in second in her age group in the Irish Sprint 10K in Virginia, a race that gets you a golden ticket to the Marine Corp Marathon. Danielle once finished a race after getting severe blisters less than halfway through, and she doesn’t let bad races get her down, always keeping things in perspective and knowing that there is always another race after a bad one. Already a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, she hopes to re-qualify and also finish a 50 miler. Danielle enjoys Mizuno and Saucony shoes and will not run a race without her Road ID.
In addition to working in running specialty retail since 2008, Jessica's background includes collegiate running, teaching and coaching. Her certifications is as follows: USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification, Fundamentals of Coaching, and CPR/AED.
In her years as an student-athlete, Jessica ran track & field and Cross-Country at Kent State University. There she earned numerous awards honored by the Mid-American Conference as well as individual and team championships. She was also a three time NCAA Regional-National Qualifier in her respected event. Jessica has coached varsity boys and girls track & field, leading 6 OHSAA state track & field qualifiers, and 2 OHSAA state cross-country qualifiers; all of which who earned All-Ohio Honors in placing in the top 6. One of the proudest moments was qualifying a miler to the New Balance Nationals Meet.
Currently Jessica is running anywhere between 30-50 miles per week depending on what race she is training for. As a new resident of the greater Pittsburgh area, she hopes to see all of you out on the roads!
Sarah graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in exercise science and gerontology. She ran all four years on the SRU cross country team. She is a certified ACSM health fitness specialist personal trainer. She has been the head coach of the Seton La Salle varsity boys and girls cross country team for the past 3 years.
Sarah has completed numerous races over the years. She is a multiple time Boston Marathon qualifier and participant.
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