Fun Facts: Originally from Queens, NY. Went to IC for undergrad but loved Ithaca and got a job at Island so I got to stay in the area:) Former captain of the IC Crew team, I needed something to do after I graduated. So I joined FLRTC in 2013 and in my first year completed my first marathon and three triathlons. So excited to see what this year with FLRTC will bring me!
Fun Facts: I have had the chicken pox twice, took up running at 28 years old to relieve stress as I was going through a divorce and have been running since, and am avid spartan race enthusiast.
Fun Facts: Proud FLRTC employee, budding endurance triathlete, co-author of the store blog and resident jokester. Recent college grad where I was captain of two NCAA DIII sports teams. Celiac disease representative and lover of cooking gluten-free food!
Fun Fact: My first race ever was a marathon.
Heather Van De Mark
Fun Fact: It's taken about three years, but I'm proud to call myself a runner now. When I started, I was doing 12 min miles -- slow is better than sitting! Running makes me happy. I'm super excited to be one of thousands at the 2015 NYC Marathon this fall.
Fun Facts: I am a mom to two AMAZING people!!! Megan 22 and Petey 5. I love to read, knit and play "Stage Mom" to the rock stars at the Grassroots Festival
2015 Team FLRTC
Meet the 2015 FLRTC team! They'll be leading runs, sharing their race stories and maybe even trying new things this year. Feel free to step on up and introduce yourself, ask them any questions you have or even invite them for a run (or a few a swim or a ride!).
Fun Facts: Started running in 2009, did my first 5k & the next DAY my first 10k, then later that year a half marathon. 2010 I had ITB issues but walked down the aisle to marry my best friend (& now training partner). Currently, training for my first ultra, the Iron Master's Challenge 50K to celebrate my 43rd birthday. Would not have met my goals without this team and my Rochester peeps at Trailsroc...what an incredible community!
Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon
Fun Facts: Scott finished his first 50K last year, and is training for the Cayuga Trails 50 miler this year. I also continually try to best his 5K times and runs with a smile on his face. In addition to running, he designs and develops web sites, skis during winter and acts in local theatre.
Fun Facts: Amy got into running as part of an annual challenge goal with her husband; training for her first ever race - the Rochester Half Marathon in 2007. The next year’s challenge: finish the Cayuga Lake Sprint Triathlon. From then on, both were hooked. In addition to running she runs a bakery from her home, loves to ski and enjoys playing piano.
Fun Facts: I'm an Ithaca townie. I completed my first triathlon last summer at the National Capital Triathlon in Ottawa, ON in the Kayak tri, placing 2nd overall in that event. I love being outdoors at any time of the year.
Fun Facts: I smiled through the entire Ironman Syracuse 70.3 in 2014. Yes, even the swim. In 2015 I will be "running for two", as my husband, Adam, and only (dog) child, Ducati, prepare for the arrival of a new family member at the end of June!
Fun Facts: I started running in 2013. My favorite running buddy is my dog, Pepper. I can be quoted saying, "You will never catch me doing that," referring to a runner, now I love to run! Watch for Pepper and I at Taughannock Falls our favorite trail.
Fun Facts: 32 years old Jamesville NY. Triathlete and trail runner with FLRTC. Hill repeats are my favorite workout when running, biking and even swimming.
Fun Facts: I didn't run my first race until I was 40! It was the Groton Labor Day 5K. I had never run more than 3 miles before that and couldn't understand why people were warming up when they had to run a whole 3 miles in the race! I love encouraging others to get out and do it too!!
Jennifer Lynham Cunningham
Fun Fact: My goal in life is to be the oldest female to finish the Ironman Kona. If I can’t be the fastest, maybe I can be the oldest!I design and analyze post-race surveys for several athletic events, and have learned a lot about what makes people come back year after year (or not!
Fun Facts: Until I started my current job, 6.5 years ago, the thought of running a half marathon was a dream goal. Now I'll be running my 7th marathon in Boston 2015. I really enjoy being outside, doing anything, so my dream job would be to lead hikes, kayak tours, to be a running coach, or anything outside and active (since I can't be a dolphin trainer in the North East). I love animals, and would love a puppy, but settle for dog-sitting for others until I can have my own--inquire if interested!
Fun Fact: I am really good at "convincing" people to sign up for races :)
Fun Fact: Feel like a veteran to the running community in this area because of my husband's involvement, but I've only recently become a runner (run/walk style) myself. I'm doing my first 1/2 marathon in February, and I'm petrified and excited!
Monica Van Fleet
Fun Facts: I ran first marathon last fall, mom of three boys, cross train with Les Mills classes, training for first 50k
Fun Fact: I am a wine enthusiast and work at Six Mile Creek Vineyard. I love to cook - I make a mean quesadilla!
Fun Fact: My favorite foods during an ultra are tapioca pudding, Swedish Fish, and bacon. And a beer when I'm feeling particularly whipped usually brings me back to life.