Allie started running after she didn't make the JV soccer team her freshman year of high school. She grew to love the thrill of competition and bettering herself as a runner. Allie attended Cal Poly SLO, where she completed a degree in Kinesiology and competed in the middle distances for the Mustangs. She is now working as a Online Customer Service Representative at Running Warehouse and coaching at Cuesta College. Allie says, "I never imagined that I would be given the opportunity to run collegiately, let alone post-collegiately! I'm going to keep chasing that runners high for as long as I can."
Danielle started running when she was 12 because she wanted to break 9 minutes in the P.E. mile, and has been hooked ever since. After graduating from Los Gatos High School, she competed for Stanford while obtaining a BS in Product Design. Danielle says, "I love giant group runs, long tempos, and that feeling on the starting line when everything becomes quiet."
Kara graduated from CSU Fresno in 2005 and shortly after joined the Aggies. After a hiatus from the club to compete professionally as a member of Team Rogue Elite in Austin, Texas and to start a family, she has returned to compete for the Aggies. Kara lives in Grover Beach with her husband Joe (also an Aggie) and two kids.
Jenny attended UC Davis, where she earned a BA in English and MA in Teaching while competing for the Davis Aggies. She has been teaching full time for over a decade and coaching cross-country and track & field on and off during that time. She decided to start post-collegiate running in 2008 when Kevin and Noreen Searls recruited her at the Brickyard Run in Martinez for the Aggie Centipede. Being on the team and competing in cross country and road races has motivated her to pursue her running goals in the marathon. Jenny has a daughter, Anna, who was born June 29th 2015, 7 months before the 2016 Olympic Trials, so she "had to scramble to get in shape for the race; nevertheless, the competition was a fun experience!"
Jenny lives in Clayton with her husband and daughter - they enjoy hiking, running, taking Anna to the park and swimming in the pool, and traveling to Lake Tahoe. Jenny says, "I run because I love to race and stay fit. It has allowed me to meet some amazing and inspiring people, and to travel to many fun places."
Liza grew up in Half Moon Bay, California and began running in high school. Previously, she was an avid ballet dancer and had never participated in a team/school sport. After competing for UC Santa Barbara during her college years, she found her way onto the Aggies via the Bay to Breakers Centipede - the rest is history. She continues to run today because it provides a balance to her work and social life. Liza has a master's in Molecular Biology and conducts Clinical Research in the field of Neonatology at Stanford University.
In her younger years, Heather initially thought running was boring, and was convinced that if she tried hard enough, she could become a fantastic tight-end, or better yet - a wide receiver for a college football team. Unfortunately, the football coach wasn't so sure. She then tried water polo. After that didn't work out either, she was told to come out for cross country. She wasn't so sure, but came out for the next cross country meet anyways. Despite only having a few days of practice under her belt, she won the race. Heather went on to have a successful running career at UC Davis and began racing for the Aggies in 2006.
Heather works as an attorney, is a mom, and runs her own business. She says, "Running is my zen away from all the noise, and winning is icing on the cake."
When Heather met her husband Jameson (also an Aggie) he was a runner, but she was not. When they were dating she would ride a bike with him while he ran, until one day she started running too. Heather says, "I had no athletic background whatsoever - joining the Aggies was my first ever team experience. It's been an adventure!" Heather and Jameson live in Paso Robles with their 3 children, Elizabeth, Rebekah, and Jacob. Heather currently serves as the Women's Cross Country Captain.
Anna attended John Hopkins University, obtaining degrees in Psychology and Public Policy. She currently lives in Oakland and works as a Community Outreach Manager. Anna says, "Running in a nutshell for me means positivity and I want to be a part and share that positivity for as long as I possibly can."
Courtney started running her junior year of high school. She began running mid-distances her senior year, clocking a 2:14 in the 800m.
At Fresno Pacific University, she improved a lot in the mid to long distances and she really started to understand and love the sport. Now she enjoys running because it's challenging, yet rewarding. Courtney says, "I love running in new places and finding new trails. I love how supportive running is as a sport, even though there is competition, there is also camaraderie even among rivals." Courtney joined the Aggies in 2017.
Sadie joined the Aggies in 2017 after graduating with a degree in Exercise Physiology from Chico State, where she is now an Assistant Coach. Sadie says, "Running and racing have become forms of expression in my life - they allow me to set aside time and effort to work towards goals and be fueled by the love from others and love for others. In essence, I run because it is a beautiful challenge and there is so much love and energy to share."
Both of Will's parents are long-standing Aggies, so he was born into the club. He never felt any pressure to run, but he gave it a try in middle school and enjoyed it enough to keep at it. In high school, he developed a true passion for the sport, and he has been running year-round for over a decade now. Will says, "I run for a number of reasons, the most simple being that I love it. The camaraderie, exploration, self-discovery, and release that running can generate are things that make my life fun."
Will joined the Aggies in 2015 after graduating from Harvard with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He now lives in San Luis Obispo and works as a Web Content Specialist at Running Warehouse.
Scott grew up in California and attended Chico State, where he became the most decorated athlete to ever run for the program. After obtaining a MBA with an emphasis in Sports Management, Scott joined the Aggies in 2014. He lives in San Luis Obispo and leads Marketing at Running Warehouse. In regards to running, Scott says, "I like the adventure of it all, both the ability for running to take me around the world as a competitor and for running to take me around my own town as a healthy dude, always discovering new things."
Phil grew up in Oxnard, CA where he started running at the age of 5 for the local youth track club, the Oxnard Stars. Currently, Phil lives with his wife Krista and their dog Lucy in San Luis Obispo where they are both local teachers. When not running or working, he enjoys traveling with Krista; taking Lucy for walks; going to Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Beyonce, or Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts; and relaxing. Phil says, “I have very much enjoyed connecting with coaches, teammates, and supporters over the years and look forward to more great running adventures.”
Jameson is "first and foremost" a father and husband. He has three kids and an awesome wife who are all 100% supportive. Jameson ran his first race at a local 5k with his dad when he was 4 years old and immediately fell in love with the sport. He's been running competitively ever since. He says, "After almost 30 years I'm as motivated as ever and still think my best running has yet to come."
Jameson graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and now lives in Paso Robles where he works as a Design Engineer.
Sergio joined the Aggies in 2003 and has improved considerably over the years, becoming a frequent and consistent racer. He holds degrees in Engineering from Cedarville University (BSEE) and Cal State Northridge (MSEE). Sergio lives in Palmdale with his wife and son, working as a Flight Test Engineer.
Sergio says, "Running has been in the blood since I could remember. As a kid it took me to nearby mountain tops and scenic vistas and as an adult around the country and beyond. It's had its highs and its lows, but I wouldn't trade them as they helped shaped the rest of who I am. I hope to finish my remaining years at the most competitive level that I can be, but I will always enjoy the exhilarating thrill of exploring new trails and routes, especially when things are clicking."
Chris attended Cal Poly SLO, and had a successful running career there for the Mustangs. After graduating, he joined the Aggies and continued as student at Cal Poly to obtain a Master's degree in Kinesiology. He now works as a Sale Associate at Mile 26 Sports in Ventura. Chris says, "I run for the love of the sport and for the ultimate satisfaction I get from it." He also runs in memory of his mother, one of his biggest fans, who passed away from pancreatic cancer.
Kota grew up on the island of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay. After competing collegiately for UC San Diego and the University of Puget Sound, he began pursuing the marathon distance. He raced the Boston Marathon in 2009, finishing a few steps in front of Kevin Pierpoint (KP) and ending up on a massage table next to Reed Lyon. Four weeks later, KP convinced him to run with the Bay to Breakers Aggie centipede team. For the next few years, the Aggies inspired him to run 100+ mile weeks and hang out for beers afterwards. Now, he runs mostly to keep up with his wife Liza. And for the beers.
Kota works as a Physical Therapist at Stanford Hospital and is also pursuing a MBA at UC Berkeley.
Sean started running his freshman year of high school. His favorite part of the sport is being a part of a team where everyone is working towards the same goal. Sean attended Cal Poly SLO, where he competed for the Mustangs and obtained a degree in Business. Sean says, "Being a part of the Aggies now keeps my competitive fire alive and running with these guys is a ton of fun." Sean lives in San Luis Obispo and works in Marketing at Running Warehouse.
Eric attended high school and college in Nebraska before joining the Aggies in 2014. He is currently competing for the club from afar in Lincoln, NE where he is working on his PhD in Biology. Eric says, "I am drawn to running for reasons of simplicity and the curiosity of pushing the human aerobic threshold. There is nothing more objective and satisfying than a foot race and a clock motivated by a personal vendetta."
Dylan joined the Aggies in 2013 after a successful middle distance running career at Columbia University. In 2011, he moved west to pursue his MPH at UC Berkeley and is now a medical student studying to be a urologic surgeon. Dylans says that he is "intermittently fighting the inevitable shift towards running for fun and fitness by trying to get into shape to chase some long-elusive dream marks."