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SFRRC Race Captains


San Francisco Road Runners Club has race captains for many of the major/local 2019 Marathons (Napa, Oakland, Los Angeles, Boston, Big Sur, Vancouver, Mountains 2 Beach, San Francisco, Berlin, Chicago, New York, CIM) along with the Hot Chocolate Race and North Face Endurance Challenge.

The thoughtfulness and joyful spirit of our race captains help encourage our runners in training for these marathons. Our captains may have a post-Saturday club run breakfast or a dinner/gathering during the training period prior to the
 race. The idea for these casual meals is simply to meet one another, share ideas and preparation, etc. When possible, one of our coaches may join at these gatherings too. And when viable/practical at destination races, our race captains will get a reservation for pasta (with gluten-free pasta options) for early in the evening before the race. Plus, we'll always try to get a team photo sometime race weekend. We hope this will help make your marathon experience a little easier and more enjoyable!

 2020 Race Captains
MILO SPRAGUE | NAPA MARATHON & HALF MARATHON - March 1st 

Milo is a Bay Area native and a SF Lowell High School graduate but lived much of his life in other places including the East Coast, Southern California, and Japan. Milo ran three marathons over ten years ago and then “retired” to casual jogging with his “world’s fastest Golden-doodle” Ruby. That was until Alisa (also on this page) told him he needed to check out SFRRC. Since joining the group in November 2018, Milo has now run two more marathons and dropped his PR by 40 minutes attributing all of his newfound success to the great coaching, community support, and the general positive esprit de corps of the club. He’s now aspiring to qualify for Boston (something he would never have dreamt of a year ago) and excited to keep learning about running from the amazing group of generous and supportive club members he sees every week.


GARY LEE | OAKLAND MARATHON, HALF, 5K - March 22th (Canceled)

Our running community has more goodness because of Gary. Thank you for all you do to motivate and encourage other club runners, Gary! The joy and excitement of running he brings to our club and shares on his social pages is contagious. The often racing, always at track club running with tons of good running knowledge, in his wisdom, tells other to "stay positive and don’t be too hard on yourself. Worry about your own race and not what the other runner is doing. Listen to your body. If you need to rest there’s no shame in skipping a run day. Believe in yourself!"

If you're running any of the Oakland races, please click on the race in our calendar to let us know you're taking part. Gary is going to help put together a gathering at the race, get photos, and will be in contact with you all. It makes race day and even training a little more fun!



CHRIS ALBON | ROCK 'N' ROLL HALF MARATHON & 5K - April 5th

Chris told us that two years ago he was huffing and puffing and run-walking his first 5K. A few days after New Years of 2019 he joined SFRRC and decided in March to start training for the San Francisco Full Marathon. At the time he was just running a few 6-mile routes per week. Rock and Roll was his first half marathon that April. Running with the club got him trained up. It was hard, but fun and exhilarating. In the SF Marathon, he blew out his left shoe at Mile 12, but was able to keep on his foot and meet his goal of finishing the the race without injury. After the race is signed up for about a half dozen half marathons as well as his next full.

Chris is looking forward to running faster and longer with you all in 2020 and beyond. If you're running any of the Rock 'n' Roll races, please click on the race in our calendar to let us know you're taking part. Chris is going to help put together a gathering at the race, get photos, and will be in contact with you.


JOYCE YOUNG | BOSTON MARATHON - April 20th (New Race Date: September 14th)

Joyce returned to running 20 years after high school where she ran cross country during junior and senior years. Her initial intent was to check off that box next to “run one half marathon” but it has turned into much more…16 half marathons, 2 marathons (and a bunch of 5/10/15Ks) to be exact.   

She was thrilled to have finally discovered SFRRC! She knew right away that the club was a perfect fit for her and has been a member since the club kick off in January 2017. Joyce tells us, “SFRRC is such a great run club, I wish I had known about it sooner! Running with SFRRC has been tremendous in helping me achieve PRs that I never imagined I could achieve; and I have learned that consistency is key—consistency in running weekly mileage, doing speed work at the track, and running long slow runs slowwww. Over the past 5 years, I have seen steady improvement in my speed, and I am now faster than I was in high school. Running has truly become an integral part of my life that I often feel “weird” if I don’t run for a day.”     

You can usually find Joyce at the Saturday Club Runs in the 10:00 pace group, at the Track on Tuesdays, and at SFRRC/SB Presidio on Wednesdays.

Joyce will be bringing together our Boston Marathon team (13 runners this year from SFRRC!) for a shake-out jog on Sunday at 9am along with a pre-race meal with gluten-free pasta options. Monday after crossing the finish line, and getting cleaned up, we'll be meeting at the race HQ hotel for celebratory toasts before heading off to the post race party at Fenway Park. More: sfrrc.org/boston



CAROLYN BOLLOZOS | BIG SUR MARATHON - April 26th

More to come, but Carolyn is our point person for our Big Sur team this year. We will surely gather for photos post race! One of our coaches, Jon Lui, who's run the race a number of times will share ideas and tips on the race leading up to it. Plus, Carolyn's husband and infant will be on hand at the marathon for photos and to cheer our SFRRC crew on too! Of course, we encourage everybody to cheer one another on in the finishing shoot area after crossing the finish line.

Looking forward to running on the ragged edge of the western world!



ALISA BROZINSKY | VANCOUVER MARATHON - May 3th

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Alisa's love of running started at an early age when she was a sprinter in middle and high school. She didn't start distance racing until later and completed her first half marathon in 1998, shortly after moving to San Francisco. After completing her second half, she was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer and her running was put on hold while she underwent treatment. Recovery took some time and other activities took precedent, so it wasn't until 2014 when she picked it back up again and she hasn't stopped. Since then, she has completed 5 marathons, 25 additional half marathons and a host of other distance races.

When asked why she loves running, she will enthusiastically tell you that it makes her feel alive. As a soon to be 20 year survivor, running represents health, vitality and gratitude. She joined SFRRC a year ago and loves the camaraderie, the training support and is inspired by the awesome coaches, pace group leaders and fellow runners. She will be running her 6th consecutive BMO Vancouver Marathon race this coming Sunday. This year, she will race in the half marathon, but as race captain, she is looking forward to showcasing her beautiful hometown and giving the San Francisco Road Runners who are running either the marathon or the half, a drive through preview of the course as well as organize get togethers before and after. She returns to Vancouver often to visit family as well as to participate in races and is always happy to suggest great running routes as well as give tips on things to see and do there.


2019 SFRRC Race Captains (new captains coming soon)
EHRIK ALDANA | MOUNTAINS 2 BEACH MARATHON - May 26th

After growing up as a military brat and spending his college years on the East Coast, Ehrik has been thrilled to call the roads and trails of the Bay Area home. His favorite distances are half marathons and 50ks, but is hoping for a fast marathon PR and BQ at this year’s Mountains 2 Beach. You can generally find him at Tuesday’s track workouts or on one of the Peninsula’s many nature preserves.

Ehrik is aiming to gather our M2B team together for a meal before heading to Ventura or a pre-race pasta meal in Ventura. Then look for us all post-race in the finish line area for photos after cheering one another on in the finish line approach.

      


LEO MELOSAN FRANCISCO HALF & FULL MARATHON - JULY 28

Leo began running about 10 years ago as a way to be active and outdoors but didn’t contemplate running any race, much less a major marathon. As he tells us, Leo has found great support and camaraderie with the SFRRC. "It has been a incredible privilege and joy to run with such a great group in many routes all over San Francisco." Since joining the club, Leo has run several half marathons, including his very first Half Marathon (San Francisco 1st Half in 2016), and 3 full marathons: Chicago in 2017 and San Francisco & Marine Corps (photo to left), both in 2018. "I’m very happy to be part of such a positive and inspiring running community, it is a blessing and I’m very thankful for it."

Leo will be helping organize a pre-race gathering, along with sharing encouragement, and hopefully getting some team photos of our San Francisco Road Runners on the road to the big race in our beautiful city. Please register for the race on our calendar, so we know everybody who is going.

SPECIAL NOTE: To all you San Francisco Marathoners, SFRRC will have 25 of us as volunteers at the official waterstop at Mile 18 (Mile 5 on the 2nd half Half Marathon) featuring UCAN electrolyte fluids and water, along WITH tons of cheers for each one of our SFRRC competitors.

  
  

MEGAN JANIS BERLIN MARATHON - September 28

When Megan joined SFRRC in January 2011, her goal was to run her first half marathon. Tired of running the same route alone, she quickly fell in love with all the benefits the club had to offer – the friendships, support, and fantastic routes each week. After several half marathons, Megan finally agreed in 2014 to run her one and only full marathon. Berlin will now be her fifth; and she can’t imagine doing what she never thought was possible without the amazing 10:00 pace group!

We are delighted to have Megan as our race captain for this year's Berlin Marathon. She’ll organize a pre-race get-together in San Francisco so we can share our travel plans. She’ll also be in touch about meeting up in Berlin for a pre-race dinner, pre-race photo and/or a post-race celebratory toast(s). Please register on the club calendar so Megan can be in contact with all the Berlin runners and so SFRRC can cheer you on too.



GARY LEE| CHICAGO MARATHON - October 13 

Gary’s love of running started as a teenager in San Francisco when he was a sprinter on his middle and high school track teams. He slowly moved up to middles distance and cross country racing where he competed in the CIF Cross Country Finals as a Senior. After taking a long break from running Gary started running local 5Ks to encourage his kids to have a more active lifestyle. In November 2016, Gary ran his first half marathon and was instantly hooked. Six marathons, 31 half marathons and many 5Ks later, the thrill is still there. Gary joined SFRRC in August 2018 and you can usually find him at Tuesday Track Nights. In 2019, he started coaching high school cross country and track. In Chicago, Gary will be running his seventh marathon race where he hopes to BQ.

At the Chicago Marathon, Gary will be organizing an evening pasta dinner for our crew! 

  


WILLIAM WEIDENDORFNEW YORK CITY MARATHON - November 3 

We are thrilled to have William as our race captain for the NYC Marathon. Having lived there for several years, he can answer many questions that our crew may have, and can provide guidance on the course, day of prep, and more. William is in route to running the Six Major marathons. You'll find him at our Saturday Club Runs, at track on Tuesdays, and other SFRRC activities. 

We encourage all running NYC Marathon to sign-up and let us know you're running it. It makes it easier for us to know who we can cheer on and much more. Also, William will set a 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. He will also email the crew for anyone who would like to join for a pre-race pasta meal. 

    


AISLINN TREACYNORTH FACE ENDURANCE CHALLENGE - November 16-17 

Aislinn started running after what she called her lazy college years and has been doing a few races per year since - some 10Ks, many half marathons and a marathon. She got into mountain running in Ireland a few years ago and my love of trails has deepened since moving to the Bay Area less than a year ago. Currently training for her first 50k and love the excuse to get out in the sun (or fog) for a training run with the SFRRC crew. As she tells us, the club and SF running community have inspired and motivated her to aim higher and train harder. And she's super grateful for the amazing running buddies she's gotten to know over the last few months through SFRRC. 

Aislinn would love to get everyone together for dinner and drinks a couple of weeks before the race. She will be in contact.

   

CARLOS BRISENOCALIFONIA INTERNATIOAL MARATHON (CIM) - December 8 

While Carlos is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, he spent 11 years in the Midwest before moving to San Francisco last summer. He started running to lose weight after college and became hooked once he finished his first half marathon. Now, Carlos enjoys racing any (and all) distances from the 5K up to the Marathon. His favorite place to run in SF is Golden Gate Park and you can usually find him on Saturday’s long run. 

CIM will be Carlos’s fourth marathon (and first since 2016). He’s excited to gather everyone for a pre-race pasta dinner in Sacramento. He’s even more excited to toe the starting line in Folsom with everyone and enjoy the post-race celebration afterwards. 

  



 
 
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