Sarah started running in eighth grade after trying (and failing at) many other sports requiring hand-eye coordination. Sarah says, "While many people say that running is an individual sport, I disagree. Being on a team and having a group to support and suffer through the workouts with is one of the best parts about continuing to compete." Sarah graduated from Macalestar College with a degree in Geology in 2016. She is now living in Atascadero where she is a participant in the Americorps Watershed Stewards Program.
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."
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."
Neil grew up playing many sports, including soccer, football, and baseball. Whenever one of his teams had a loss or have something not go as planned, he found himself going to the track to run to decompress and reflect. As he got older, he found himself running more and more each day. In college, he initially competed in the 800m and long jump; however, through the encouragement of teammates, he discovered that he could be competitive in the longer distances. In particular, he has a passion for the steeplechase.
Neil graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio in 2016 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. He now works as a Pharmacist in Sacramento. He learned about the Aggies through Sergio Reyes, who also attended Cedarville, and joined the club in 2017.
Brent grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Humboldt State University, graduating in 2004 with a degree in Psychology. He now lives in Concord and works as a Recruiter in Human Resources. Brent says, "I love to run because I love the thrill of finishing a race strong in the last mile."
Blake grew up in Arroyo Grande, CA and was heavily involved in Boy Scouting from a young age. His parents wanted him to do a sport in High School, and since he was not coordinated or big he took up Cross Country. Blake was coached by both Sean Ricketts (former Aggie) and Phil Reid (current Aggie). They led him to discover his love for running and instilled a strong work ethic; as mentors, they were instrumental in helping him achieve his goals.
Blake joined the Aggies in 2017 and is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Studies at Sacramento State.
Brady joined the Aggies in 2017 after graduating from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in Biology. Brady's mother instilled the love of running in her at a young age, serving as her first sprinting coach in elementary school. In high school, she focused on hurdles, jumps and relays. She only recently found her passion for distance running, and loves the community and friendships that she has built in the discipline so far.
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.
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.
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.
Justin started running in high school to get in shape for basketball. He ran for UCLA and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Geography/Environmental Studies. Justin joined the Aggies in 2014 and lives in Lancaster, CA where he works as a IT/GIS Technician.
Thomas has been running competitively for eleven years. He joined the Aggies in 2017 and lives in Santa Barbara, where he is an Assistant Coach at UC Santa Barbara. Thomas says, "Running is an objective, cutthroat process where you get out what you put into it, and such a simple format just makes me all the more excited to keep running. I want to know my body's limits, so I'll keep plugging away until I can't get any faster."
Aaron was introduced to Track and Field in the second grade and has loved it ever since. In high school, he started to find success in the sport and qualified for the State Championships in the mile his senior year. Mark says, "I run because I love to challenge and push my limits. I find joy in the process of becoming great and doing things you never not possible."
Aaron joined the Aggies in 2017 after graduating from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Exercise Science. He now lives in San Luis Obispo and works at Running Warehouse as a Customer Service Representative.
Ben started running in 1998 after running the mile in gym class, and hasn't stopped since. Ben graduated from Haverford College in 2009 with a degree in History and joined the Aggies in 2015. He lives in Paso Robles and has worked at Running Warehouse since 2010. Currently, he works in Data Entry.