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SFRRC Race Captains

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

Race captains help organize and encourage our runners training for these marathons and aim to organize a post-club run breakfast or dinner during training prior to the
 race. The idea for the casual meal to just talk about what to expect, share course, preparation, and training/tapering thoughts, etc. When possible, we aim to have one of our coaches with you at these early breakfasts/dinners too. And when viable/practical at destination races, our race captains will find a pasta meal spot in the early evening before the race. We'll always (try to) get a group photo for the club sometime race weekend. 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 support of the San Francisco Road Runners and kindness and generosity with us, Ivan! You are awesome.

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!



Ever since high school, running has been a part of Kayla (pictured here at our club party) in some capacity. In college she would go for runs when she needed to clear her head but it wasn't until grad school that Kayla became more serious in training. When she first moved to San Francisco, she joined SFRRC and she tells us, it has been great to get to know fellow runners! Kayla has run numerous small races, plus half marathons - now it's time to make the jump to the full marathon. She is excited for the Napa Valley race and a chance to complete a personal goal of hers.  

For those staying up in Napa for the race, Kayla is getting a reservation at ~5pm for anyone who can join our SFRRC crew for a pre-race pasta meal. Additionally, her fiancé Adam (Olympic qualifier hopeful :) will be in the finish line chute cheering everybody on. He'll be wearing an SFRRC shirt - join him and cheer on the other SFRRCers! And we'll get a group photo then too, with medals on!



Anne-laure is originally from Brittany in France and arrived in San Francisco two years ago. She started running in her 30s after being stuck on bedrest during pregnancy. As she told us, she wanted to get in shape, so she bought a sport stroller and “foolishly” signed up for the Chicago Marathon. She’s since run 10 marathons mostly in France. Upon moving to San Francisco, she quickly learned that SFRRC was the best opportunity to meet great runners and discover beautiful routes.  

Anne-laure is participating in the Los Angeles Marathon with her husband Jean-louis. She will suggest to gather in a restaurant before the race to share the tips and to help ease the mindset of all of us. It would be awesome to take a picture of our team at the finish line…with the medals. More to come. Anne-laure will also be in contact about a wine and cheese party, perhaps post-race!



Tommy has been running for many years now. In addition to supporting his eating habit, he really enjoys the camaraderie and outdoor exercise of running with SFRRC to keep the soul clean and happy. Generally Tommy's running a marathon, a couple of halfs, and a long distance relay every year. As he tells us, he's committing malpractice by running our Saturday club runs with the 8:30 group, but despite having a hard time keeping up with the crew he enjoys and admires the style of Robert Hood, the long time pace group leader and a true San Franciscan.

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. Tommy is going to help put together a gathering before the race and will be in contact with you all. It makes race day and even training a little more fun! :) Thank you Tommy for your terrific support of the San Francisco Road Runners! We really appreciate it.



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 be bringing together our Boston Marathon team (15 runners this year from SFRRC!) for a shake-out jog on Saturday or Sunday along with a pre-race meal and gluten-free pasta options. The afternoon after crossing the finish line we'll be meeting at the race HQ hotel for celebratory toasts before heading off to the post race party at Fenway Park. 


Elizabeth ran her first marathon back in 2009, and has run about a dozen more in the decade since. Her favorite race so far has been 2017 Chicago Marathon where Elizabeth ran her fastest time, and also where her now-husband proposed at the finish line! She's also dabbled in longer distances, and hopes to complete another 50k in 2019. Elizabeth moved to San Francisco and joined SFRRC in 2018, and tells us she's thrilled to be a part of such a friendly and dedicated running community. You'll see her at Saturday runs, Tuesday track, Thursday Embarcadro runs, and Sunday trails (summer, fall).

Elizabeth is planning to gather our Big Sur team together for a breakfast after one of our Saturday Club Runs in the lead up to to the race, so we can all get to know one another. One of our coaches, Jon Lui, who's run the race a number of times will be joining for breakfast and at the race to share ideas and tips on the race. Plus, Elizabeth's husband will be on hand at the marathon for photos and to cheer our SFRRC crew on!



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 post-Saturday club run breakfast or a meal at another time (to talk about the race and get to know one another) before heading to Ventura. Based upon the differences of where people are staying (start or finish areas), our full crew gathering at the race may be in the finish line area for photos after cheering one another on in the finish line approach.


 Fall 2018 Race Captains


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!


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.


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!


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 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!

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