Trainers

Deb Dunham

 

Most recent race or favorite race?  Fargo this past May as it was my 1st full marathon after recovering from 2 stress fractures and being told I really shouldn’t run another full again!

Favorite race distance? I really love the half marathon

Favorite breakfast cereal? I don’t each much cereal anymore but if I do, its Blueberry Morning

When did you start running and why? My 2 brother-in-laws and I (we call ourselves the outlaws) had a couple of beers one evening and thought it would be a great idea to run a half marathon one day and hey, why not run Grandmas that spring!  On a lark, we registered and got in and didn’t have a choice but to train. I fell in love with running and the rest is history.

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR?  Just do it! Step out of your comfort zone and come to a group run and you are sure to meet someone to run with.  You’ll also meet and form friendships with some pretty amazing people!

Kayla Billadeau

 

Most recent race or favorite race?  Bear Lake Trifecta, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah.

Favorite race distance?   Tie between 10K and Half

Favorite breakfast cereal?  Lucky Charms, but prefer to eat Breakfast Cake. lol.

When did you start running and why?   Almost always have run, for the amazing stress relief!

What would you say to a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR?  RRRs are supportive, kind, and encouraging. We all run different distances, paces, and styles. The more the merrier.

Jessie Erickson

 

Most recent or favorite race? My last race was Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, in Duluth, MN on June 16, 2018 and my favorite race this year was the Fargo Marathon, as I completed my first Full Marathon.

Favorite race distance? Half Marathon is my favorite distance, although I may try a full again!

Favorite breakfast cereal? Golden Grahams are my favorite cereal

When did you start running and why? I started running to race again in 2012.  My children were old enough for me to be out training for longer periods of time.  I ran short distances on treadmills for many years when my children were young.

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR? I joined RRRGF just over two years ago, after running alone for a long time.  Best support group EVER! I love these people and the joy they bring to the running community.  Consider joining us!

Jim Lindlauf

 

Most recent race or favorite race? Favorite is Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

Favorite race distance? Marathon

Favorite breakfast cereal? Frosted Mini Wheats

When did you start running and why?  2009, to become more active in order to maintain a healthy body weight.

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR? Running is a lifelong journey.  Some travel alone, but if you wish to be part of a community, there’s already a few hundred of us heading down the road together!

Stacy Kusler

 

Most recent race or favorite race? Fargo half, 2017

Favorite race distance? My brain likes the full marathon, but my body likes the half!

Favorite breakfast cereal? Kix, although I rarely eat it!

When did you start running and why?  I started running in middle school, and it’s been a lifelong love of mine!

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR? Don’t believe the stereotype that running clubs are just for fast people.  I hear that so often. When we say ALL paces are welcome, we mean it!

Valerie Bauer

 

Most recent race or favorite race? My favorite race is the Bismarck Half Marathon, held each fall in Bismarck, ND.  The course is beautiful, and I have been blessed with excellent weather every time I have participated.

Favorite race distance? Currently, I prefer half marathons, but will definitely be tackling another full marathon in 2019.

Favorite breakfast cereal? Raisin Bran!

When did you start running and why?  I had been running on a treadmill (mainly for cardio workouts) for many years, but started focusing on running in 2015.  I liked the idea of training for something challenging, rather than just running to "get it done".

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR? The only requirements of RRR is that you like to run.  That is it! Members of RRR are the most supportive and kindest people I have ever met.  It doesn't matter how fast, slow, far, or short you run. You will always have people cheering you on.

Leslie Rowan

 

Most recent race or favorite race? I have two favorite races: Fargo Half Marathon - 2017 and the Blue Ox Half Marathon in Bemidji - 2016

Favorite race distance? half marathon

Favorite breakfast cereal? Raisin Bran

When did you start running and why? I trained for my first 5k in 2010 on a whim.

What would you tell a new runner who is hesitant to join RRR? A year from now, you will be glad you did!

Teresa Blilie

 

Most recent race or favorite race? Just ran the July 4th Firecracker, Grand Forks, ND!

Favorite race distance?  13.1 because it’s a perfect distance to still push yourself to new levels while yet balancing a busy schedule of life.

Favorite breakfast cereal?  Does peanut butter toast count? How about old fashioned oatmeal!

When did you start running and why? I started as a young kid on the farm (maybe 10) racing my brothers to the mailbox. I ran the 800 in high school and up until 2012, it was never more than 3-4 miles at a time.  It was then when the “belief window” opened to long distance running.

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR?  Never give up! We all can have bad runs but when alongside another RRR, it can even make THAT run FEEL GOOD!

Jessica Snyder

 

Most recent race or favorite race? ​Most recent = Boston (my favorite race would be Grandma's because I'm usually running with friends)

Favorite race distance? ​I prefer the ultra since the pace is slower and it is more laid back

Favorite breakfast cereal? ​Granola

When did you start running and why?  ​I've always run a bit, started running consistently in 2006 for cardio

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR? Do it! You will meet great people and change your life.

Martin Short

Most recent race or favorite race? Superior 100mi Trail Race (favorite)

Favorite race distance? 100K

Favorite breakfast cereal? Golden Grahams

When did you start running and why? Ran in high school, took 20 year layoff, started again in 2010 to lose some weight and get back in shape.

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR? Don't hesitate, just jump in. We were all where you are at some point. Great supportive group of all abilities.

Rachel Hellyer


Most recent race or favorite race? Grandma’s Marathon or any Relay with friends

Favorite race distance? 10 miles

Favorite breakfast cereal? Organic Granola with fresh berries and LOTS of skim milk!

When did you start running and why? 2001 to lose some unwanted pounds that crept on while studying for my degree and the CPA exam

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR? Runners are some of the nicest people in the world – let us prove it!!

Anne-Marie Studer

 

Most recent race or avorite race? Fargo Half 2018 is most recent, Twin Cities Marathon is favorite

Favorite race distance? Still got a soft spot for the marathon…

Favorite breakfast cereal? Oatmeal

When did you start running and why? 2008, I had signed up for the Vienna Half Marathon with a friend to check it off our bucket list.

What would you tell a hesitant runner who is thinking of joining RRR?  Red River Runners is one of the most welcoming and encouraging groups of people, no matter your pace or goals.