Albert is a Bay Area transplant originally from Portland, OR. This will be his 5th year running The San Francisco Marathon. He has been a marathon pacer for the race in addition to completing the Half It All and the 52.4 Challenge. Albert is very active in the running community and has been a pacer for numerous half and full marathons. He is a Silicon Valley software engineer during the day, part-time master’s student in the evening, and full-time running enthusiast. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering and community outreach activities. Albert also loves dogs as well as all other animals and trains and runs on a 100% plant based diet. Check out his blog HERE!
Her motto is “Run if you can, Walk if you have to, Crawl if you must….but never ever give up”. Alexis is 37 years old, and lives in Los Angeles. She is an Executive Assistant at USC Keck Medical Center. Alexis’s gifts in life are her energy, her athleticism and her passion for people. She can run all day and then the next. Alexis runs out of love for the sport, joy for the feeling and most of all gratitude. The more thankful she is for all the blessings in her life the faster she runs. Being an ambassador for The San Francisco Marathon is a once in lifetime opportunity and Alexis is so very thankful. Check out her blog HERE!
Bad economy does a body good! Five years ago Alisyn was laid off from corporate America. With that time off, she focused on her health, lost 45 pounds and discovered a true love in running. Alisyn has been running strong ever since and smiling every stride of the way! A recent Bay Area transplant, Alisyn currently resides in Placerville, California where she serves on multiple race committees. Alisyn recently completed her first 50k trail adventure, but her favorite distance to race is still the 5k. In addition to running, Alisyn enjoys pilates, yoga, stand up paddle boarding and competing in agility trials with her dog Penny the Pup, who is also quite the little runner!
Check out her blog HERE!
Check out her blog HERE!
Amber is a professional photographer based out of San Francisco. She photographs live music and performance events as well as weddings and portraits. Amber LOVES running! Running is a recent love, she picked it up within the last 3 years. Amber also loves her husband, her three cats, music, yoga, European travel, cycling, science fiction, astronomy, rainbows, unicorns, darkwave…she actually just really likes to keep people guessing. Amber is truly passionate about everything she does in her busy life. Running is a huge part of that passion. Amber ran the first half of The San Francisco Marathon in 2013, and she will be running the 2nd half in 2014. Check out her blog HERE!
Recent San Franciscan and Mission-dweller by way of Colorado, the United States Military Academy at West Point, five years of military service, and the Haas Graduate School of Business at UC-Berkeley. Ultrarunner with a 100M and multiple 50k/50M finishes (including The San Francisco Marathon’s Worth the Hurt – 52.4 in 2012), Ironman finisher (Full Vineman! Yes!), round trip Alcatraz swimmer with the South End Rowing Club, and cyclist from SF-LA. Member of a world record setting 580 mile, 39 day ski expedition from the Antarctic Shoreline to the South Pole by a visually impaired skier. This will be his fifth running of The San Francisco Marathon! Check out his blog HERE!
When April ran her first marathon, she said no more. Then, she started to sign up for more and so she set a goal to run ten marathons and then retire. Ten marathons later, Amber is getting ready for #11 and #12 in 2014 and she is slowly working towards her new goal of running The Top 10 Marathons in the World. Her favorite races so far have been Chicago and Berlin. The crowd support and energy at both of those races was astonishing.
Pacific NW native, Bonnie knew something had to change, being 240 pounds left her unhappy, depressed and hopeless. She never expected to find running to be her passion and her freedom. Actually, when she ran her first 5K in 2008 she swore she would never run another event or run another step. After someone convinced her to give running a try, she ran another 5K and never looked back. Once she decided to run a marathon, so many people questioned her dedication, her willingness to go that far, some have said she would give up and regain all her weight. She finished her first marathon in 2012 in Oklahoma City, and has since ran Seattle, and made another trip to Oklahoma. When she is not talking about running she is a freelance researcher, writer, Zumba Instructor and soon to be personal trainer. She also enjoys anything that has to do with Pacific NW Coffee, Beer, and Professional Wresting. Check out her blog HERE.
Brandon has been running for 10 years, he ran one year of collegiate cross country for the Eastern Washington Eagles his senior year. Before that Brandon was running marathons over his first few years away at school, compiling 6 full marathons and 6 half marathons, becoming a Marathon Maniac the summer before his senior year of college by running 3 marathons in 49 days. Brandon knows what it’s like to get injured, battling plantar fasciitis, ITBS, and stress fractures over his career, running his San Francisco Marathon in 2011 on minimal training, not something he suggests, but something he can help you through! Brandon is great for guidance and here to help you on whatever journey you are on to run this years San Francisco Marathon! Check out his blog HERE.
Brandon used to weigh a lot, now he runs a lot. At the start of 2010, he weighed nearly 300 pounds, and being healthy was the furthest thing from his mind. All that changed when his daughter was born, and he realized that he needed to change his unhealthy ways if he was going to be around to see her grow up. Brandon started running a few days a week, thinking that he would never run for more than a few miles at a time. Instead, Brandon quickly fell in love with running. Since then, he has lost more than 90 pounds, run 11 marathons and 3 ultras, including one 100 miler. Check out his blog HERE.
Bruce is 60 years old and is from Tucson, Arizona. It is never to late to start running! He has been running for just a little over three years. Bruce has completed seven full marathons, five of which he ran in 2013. He also competes in Duathlons. This will be Bruce’s second year as a San Francisco Marathon Ambassador. The 2014 San Francisco Marathon will be his 70th race! One of Bruce’s favorite mantras is Start Strong. Finish Strong.
Carla registered for her first half marathon on her 40th birthday. One year later, she has completed 5 half marathons and she is obsessed. Two years ago, Carla never would have imagined that she would run a mile. Now Carla runs 13.1 just for fun (and for the bling)! If she can run, anyone can run. How could she not love a sport that embraces that concept of eating good food?
Carmel loves peanut butter milkshakes. She is a native San Franciscan currently living in Boulder, Colorado. Her and her husband love their 3 dogs, traveling, staying active and drinking coin-style margaritas. Carmel is the Founder of The Image Exchange Project, a global nonprofit connecting youth around the world through the medium of photography. She looks forward to running another marathon in the city that she loves, San Francisco! Check out her blog HERE!
Carrie has been happily running for 25 years. She ran her first Marathon in 2012.The San Francisco, 2013, was lucky marathon #7! Carrie can’t wait to run it in 2014 and mostly, she is excited and so very honored to be a part of the 2014 San Francisco Marathon Ambassador team. Let’s do this!!