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."
Ryan graduated from Cedarville University in 2014 with a degree in Geology. With the encouragement of his college roommate Neil Klinger, he moved to California and joined the Aggies in 2017 . Ryan lives in Sacramento and works as an Environmental Field Technician.
Ismael joined the Aggies in 2017 after graduating from Fresno Pacific University. He is a second generation Mexican-American who fell in love with the competitive nature of the sport. He enjoys that "running does not discriminate, it favors the hard worker." Ismael now lives in San Luis Obispo.
My dad forced me to go out for track my freshmen year of high school, promising that I could quit after one season. After placing second in my section meet that year I knew I couldn't quit and have never looked back (Thanks Dad!). Since then I have spent the last four year competing for UCSB and am stoked to now be joining the Aggies for my post-collegiate pursuits. My favorite part about running is that it provides me with a sense community, while giving me opportunity to be outside and explore places in ways few other things can!
Mark joined the Aggies in 2017 after graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Marketing. Mark now lives in San Luis Obispo and works at Running Warehouse as an Online Representative.
Alan joined the Aggies in 2011 and led the Open Men's XC team as Captain for several years, including two fantastic teams in 2011 (3rd in Club Nat's) and 2012 (2nd in Club Nat's). Now as a master, he still has some competitive spirit left in him. Cross country remains his true love, perhaps a tie with his wife and two daughters.
Ed began to run at age 12 and has always enjoyed the challenge of trying to improve. Ed says, "Even though my time for PRs is probably behind me, I still enjoy that challenge of trying to improve over the course of a season." Ed holds a masters degree in Math & Economics from Oberlin College, as well as a Ph.D. degree in Operations Research from Stanford. He now works as a Software Engineer and lives in Incline Village, Nevada.
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."
David lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, 2 year old son, and daughter on the way. He works as a middle school special education teacher. David ran for Cal Poly in college and recently reconnected with the Aggies. His goal is to stay consistent in his racing, reach the masters division healthy, and to continue to have fun in the sport.
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."
After graduating from Humboldt State with a degree in Natural Resources, Denis joined the Aggies in the late 70's. He now lives in Nevada City, CA and works as a water data specialist with USGS. Denis continues to run for mental and physical health, competitive enjoyment, and social gatherings with Aggies and other friends. He enjoys running on trails in nice places as much as he can. Denis has two young adult sons.
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.
Brian attended Humboldt State University from 1999. He joined the Aggies in 2016. Brian lives in Alameda and works as a Software Developer.
Mike joined the Aggies in 1992 and graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 1993. He now works as an architect in the Sacramento area.