Ambassadors for the Santa Clarita Marathon share a passion for fitness and a love of the Santa Clarita running community.
|Heather Stewart works, lives and, most importantly, runs in Santa Clarita, Ca. Like many others, Heather was overweight and unhappy when she made the goal to run a 5K in late 2010. She trained, ran and was hooked! Since that day in March of 2011, she has completed over 40 organized races including 3 sprint triathlons and 3 marathons. She was chosen to be a Spotlight Runner for her first marathon, the 2013 LA Marathon and has a passion for encouraging others to meet their running dreams regardless of their size. When not running she works in Learning and Development at Princess Cruises, goes to Grad School, sits on the board of the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (www.bmcf.net) and is an Ambassador for Girls on the Run LA. Her goal is to be an “old lady runner” and her favorite place on earth is a finish line….whether cheering at it or running through it.
|The 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon was Sarah Cabrera‘s first race of any kind. Being a huge Disney fan, she’ll admit that the main reason she signed up was for the medal and the opportunity to run back-stage. After crossing that finish line she was hooked. She has now completed 22 half marathons, numerous 5k and 10k races and she ran her first marathon a few months ago!
|Rebecca Neumeier found running in 2005 when she was working to lose weight after kids. Her first race was the Santa Clarita Half Marathon in 2006. She was hooked! She has been running ever since! 5Ks up to 50Ks and Ironman Triathlons. She can’t imagine life without running!
|Lori Sharp wasn’t always destined to become a runner. Her first time on the treadmill she couldn’t even last through an entire song. Determined to become the athlete she never thought she could, she’s persevered through knee setbacks and has made qualifying for Boston her number one goal. She is very active with her run club and gym, Run MDR and CrossFit Anacapa. Both have helped train her for multiple half marathons, marathons, trail races, and even Half Ironman triathlons.
|Jeff Solomon is a long time resident of Santa Clarita. Over the past few years he has come to appreciate all the recreation opportunities that are available in the City of Santa Clarita. Jeff lived in pain for many years from an ankle injury incurred in a motocross racing accident. After a successful ankle fusion surgery, he was able to be more active; running (slowly), hiking and cycling.
|Christine Colvin always resented the idea of running. Hated it. Thought it was terrible. She even inadvertently found a way to slither past the required one mile test in high school. Fast forward to when she realized that she needed to put some focus on her health and she went back to that high school track that she avoided and started putting one foot in front of the other. Next thing she knew she was crossing the finish line of her first 5K and when she checked out the race images she discovered she was smiling – no, beaming – in every picture. She had become a runner and she LOVED it! So far she has completed about a dozen 5Ks, one 10K, and 6 half marathons (well, soon to be 7 with the 2016 Santa Clarita Half Marathon!). Looking forward to running with you!
|Hi my name is Dennis Lebman and am thrilled to be an ambassador for my home town race! He started running in Sept 2010 as a way to lose weight and ran his first race 6 weeks later in the Santa Clarita Half Marathon with a goal to run it under 2 hrs. He made his goal at 1:58:58. He ran his first marathon a few months later at the 2011 LA Marathon. He ended up losing 60 lbs in 6 months. He has since ran 17 marathons (18 is next weekend at Mountains 2 Beach), 15 Half Marathon a few 10K and 5K’s. He has run the LA Marathon 6 times and each one for charity with the last 4 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He has also been fortunate to run Boston twice in 2013 and 2014. He is currently a race ambassador for Mountains 2 Beach and the Mammoth Half Marathon. He proud and happy to be able to now add the Santa Clarita Marathon to that list!|
|Bear Caudillo hails from Burbank, Ca. Bear didn’t get his name from being a fierce competitor, he got it from being big. Something had to change so he made a concerted effort after his 30 birthday to get fit. Bear started running to not only slim down but to live better. Since 2011, he has completed over 20 half marathons and 4 full marathons in his 5 years of running. Santa Clarita Marathon in 2013 is the first marathon he had ever done. Bear’s passion for running has extended beyond the activity too. Bear has trained others as a Mentor in the Fleet Feet Burbank training programs where he watched others succeed through running. He is a recipient of The Power of Running to Inspire Award.
|Rebecca Garcia believes every run as a blessing. After surviving a near fatal car accident in February 2003, where doctors told her running “would” no longer be an option, she became determined to tackle the long road to recovery and pick up her high school passion of running again. By the summer of 2006 she was able to begin regularly running again. In 2007 she ran her very first half marathon and her standing PR at the Santa Clarita marathon, and went on to run her first marathon that following March; the 2008 Los Angeles marathon. She has since completed 5 full marathons and over 50 half marathons.
Rebecca is a member of the Run for God run club and Half Fanatic #10052. She is striving to run 1000 miles for the second consecutive year. Besides God and running her passion lies with animals. She has a deep love for all animals and strives to lead a life that is free of animals products, including those that use animal testing, and the use animals for entertainment. Her prayer is to spread animal awareness and educate people to the horrors millions of animals face everyday for human benefit. Her goal is to make it a better planet for all living creatures.
| Jackie Stevens is a wife, mother of an 11 year old son and avid runner who has run over 30 marathons and 60 half marathons. She is a 7 time Boston Marathon finisher and dedicates every finish to her Dad, her running hero. Jackie started running with her Dad 15 years ago – they still try to race together a few times a year and now her son also joins in for a 5K or two. Since starting her running career, Jackie has become an RRCA Certified Running Coach and Certified Fitness Trainer. She left a full time career in the media to pursue her dream of encouraging others to get fit and run for a finish line three years ago. Jackie is the owner of Fit Sparrow Endurance and also a Fitness Coordinator in an active senior community.
|My name is Tianna Marshall, currently a Junior at CSUN majoring in Food Science and I fell in LOVE with long distance running at the young age of 13. She grew up in the small town of Sunland and moved to Santa Clarita 2 years ago. She has done well over 100 races of all distances, relays and a few triathlons in there too. She completed her first marathon when she was 13 and have 17 in the books so far. She has big running dreams which are completing her first ultra next year, qualify for Boston and Badwater one day, run a marathon in every state/continent and complete a Iron Man. She got into running when she joined this program called Students Run Los Angeles in 8th grade, stayed with this team throughout high school and now she is an assistant coach for this same team to help kids complete and hopefully fall in love with marathoning like she did when she joined. Like many people running change/saved her life and gave her a huge extended family. She loves sharing her passion about running with people in the hopes they give it a try. She also loves meeting people who share this same passion for running and hear their stories how they got into the sport.|
|Carina Kool has been involved in many sports at one time from elementary school through high school. She got into running in 8th grade when she joined the Outdoor Track & Field team. When she started high school, she joined the Cross Country team and continued running on the Track & Field team for both Indoor & Outdoor seasons. After high school, she didn’t run as much as she once did, but this all changed come 2012 when she got back into running and challenging herself more. She started training for longer distances and pushing herself more. She completed 3 marathons in 3 days in 3 states in June 2015 at the Bear Lake Marathon. To date she has run multiple race distances ranging from 5k’s to 50 miles.