Become an Ambassador

Everyday Athlete Ambassador Program

Net net - Run your next adventure or race and help us raise awareness and monies for fighting the stigma of deperession2extinction.

Ready to join the mission? Contact Coach Meaghan today: Meaghan@depression2extinction.org

Meet our Current Athlete Ambassadors

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Coach JJ

Founder & Everyday Athlete (Ultra Runner)

Last Race:
The HURT 100 Ultra Marathon
2018: 100k Finish

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Coach Luke

Creative Director & Everyday Athlete (Marathon Runner)

Last Race:
Philadelphia Marathon
Time: 3:10:44

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Ryan Goss

Adventure Athlete

Next Race:
Coming Up!

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Paul Jesse

Ultra Runner & Race Director

Next Race:
Coming Soon!

Paul grew up very active in soccer. His intro into endurance sports happened after he graduated college and put on excessive weight living a sedentary office life. After a few years, he quit engineering to work in a running store and has been in the running industry ever since. Paul is a Race Director for three trail events in San Diego that he puts on under his business, Off Road Pursuits. He is also currently working for Orange Mud, selling some killer hydration packs! 

Paul got started with endurance racing through triathlon, then made the switch to trail and ultra running in 2010. After completing over 20 races from 50K through 100 miles, Paul will be racing his first ever road marathon in May. Paul will be taking on the Pittsburgh Marathon as his first race with the d2e Ambassador Team!

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Dee Angstadt

Ultra Runner

Next Race:
Coming Soon!

I am a proud mother of two and have been serving in the Navy for the past 17 years. I started running in 2006 to quit smoking and continued thru Iraq and after. I came back with some serious PSTD and have been dealing with it since 2008. Every day is a struggle and a fight, but running and working out helps me deal with all the challenges. I have ran close to 100 races and am psyched to enter a new chapter of my life- ultra running. I am super excited to represent D2E because I know first hand what depression can do to people.

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Cassidy Moore

Marathon & Ultra Runner

Next Race:
Black Hills 50k
June 22, 2018

I grew up in Pennsylvania and started running during high school. I fell in love with it almost instantly but couldn't have imagined just how much it would help me over the years. During my junior year of college, my brother unexpectedly passed away. Running has helped immensely while trying to cope with the loss of him. I recently moved from my home in PA to Salt Lake City to pursue a graduate degree in sports nutrition. Over the past year, I ran my first marathon and then decided to make it a mission to qualify for Boston for my second marathon. In November, I went home to PA to run the Harrisburg marathon where I achieved my BQ of 3:29:14!  

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Louis Hylands

Marathon, Ultra Runner & Boxer

Next Races:
The Serpents Trail 100km Ultra Marathon July 7, 2018

The Portsmouth Waterside Coastal Marathon
December, 23, 2018

My name is Louis, Iʼm from the U.K. and I'm 37 years old.

Throughout most of my adult life, I have battled depression and bouts of anxiety, I'm also a recovering alcoholic.

To keep me on a better path from the one I was previously on, I have found physical fitness to be a great way to help me do that. My weapons of choice in the battle are Long Distance Running and Boxing, Iʼm currently training for my first Ultra Marathon, of which I intend to run 5 in 2018 and also the London Marathon.

My hope is people can see where I was and where I am now and use that as inspiration to move forward with their own battles. Eventually, we can together break the stigma surrounding Mental Health.

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Jeremy Adkins

Marathon & Ultra Runner 

Next Race:
Coming Soon!

Been running for only a few years. First ultra was 6 days after my first marathon. Both of which were in fall of 2017. I have a son who is going to be 10 in March and who has autism. I dealt with depression as a teen. I learned to control it through self-talk and changing my mindset.
My fav ultra runner is David Goggins. Former Navy SEAL.

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Cory Chrysogelos

Marathon & Half Marathon Runner

Next Race:
Coming Soon!

I’m a certified personal trainer, massage therapist/craniosacral therapist and run coach. D2E especially hits home from me because I suffer from bipolar disorder and high social anxiety. Running has been literally a life saver for me. Not only for the mental and physical therapy but for my soul. My preferred distance is the marathon and half marathon. Last May was a PR on the Vermont city marathon in Burlington with a 3:13. This May in Buffalo New York will be my next marathon. I’m still cracking sub 3:00 and have goals on cracking 2:30 in the years to come. 

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Trent Foldager

Ultra Runner

Next Race:
United Physical Therapy 49k Ultra
August 19, 2018

Born and raised in Alaska. I come from an Alaska running dynasty but am definitely the black sheep! Every good team needs an even better hype man right!?! I had a wonderful childhood full of love and opportunity. Into my 20’s things just mentally got tough. Started with loosing my grandfather, who was beyond a hero to me. That sadness just compiled with struggles life throws at everyone until 10 years later I was on a path of depression and anxiety that I couldn’t shake. Drank rather heavily and basically treated my body like a trash can. Once my son Jack Danger Foldager was born in May 2017 I just decided it was time to be Dad and I had to do something different. With the help of my amazing Oksana I changed my life around. Went primarily plant based and found the toughest race on earth. Got into the Hurt100 lottery in January 2018 and started running. Along the way I found running opened up my mind and helped me fight my battles head on. For the longest time I felt lost but now, we’ll now I’m running forward! I look forward to every day and can’t wait until I get to climb that next mountain! YAR!!

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Patrik Gullerstrom

Ultra Runner

 

 

Next Race:
Coming Soon!

Patrik is a Cosmologist that works with IT-security and cloud . A father of three beautiful princesses and live outside Stockholm, Sweden.

I’ve always enjoyed running but started to do it more serious back in 2014 when I signed up for my first Ultra (50k) after that I’ve increased the volume and the distance. 2015, I signed up for 75k, when I finished that one (2nd place) I told my wife to forbid me to sign up for anything longer than that. Two weeks later I signed up for my first 100 Miles… After that I’ve been running 100 milers, 6hrs, 12hrs and 24 hrs..

The top three races that I want to do are: Spartathlon, Bad Water and keys100. I try run every day but work, travel and other appointments prevent me from going out every day which is kind of frustrating. I love getting out for an evening run, to clear my head after a hectic day. It is my way of winding down. To get perspective and new ideas.

I’m also an ambassador for the “Berlin Mauerweglauf” Mauerweglauf translate to “wall road race”, it’s a race that goes where the Berlin wall stood until November 9th, 1989. This race is honoring and remembering everyone that tried to flee from East Berlin and was killed. I think it’s important that we do not forget that there was a time when people weren’t free to move around in Europe. We should always strive to open borders, not close them!

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Cesar Trelles

Marathon & Half Marathon Runner

Last Race:
United Airlines NYC Half Marathon
Time - 1:41:41 (PR!!)

I discovered running back in high school where I ran track and field and cross country for 4 years. Over the years I have continued running off and on primarily to stay in shape. About five years ago however, I started to let my diet get the best of me and I almost reached 200 lbs. For a short guy (5’5”), that’s a lot of weight. My breaking point was May of 2014 when I was at Disneyworld with my kids. I had developed foot issues and foot pain leading up to the trip because of my excess weight. During the trip, I was pretty much using my daughter’s stroller as a walker. While life was ok materialistically, I didn’t like myself when I looked in the mirror, plus with the foot pain, I wasn’t enjoying my time with my kids the way I should. Upon returning from that vacation, slowly I got back into running. In 2016 I started racing again. Since then not only have I lost over 40 pounds but I have run several races including three half marathons. While I always enjoyed running, I never thought I would complete a half marathon! Further, after trying off and on for about 20 years, I finally qualified for the 2018 New York City Marathon in November. It has always been a dream to run that race and now that I have that chance. In looking back at my weight loss, I have decided to make it my mission also inspire people not only to lose weight thru running but in simply becoming a better version of themselves. Running can do that for just about anyone regardless of their situations in life.
Instagram: @catrunsnyc_2018
Twitter: @catrunsnyc
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Scott O'Leary

Ultra & Spartan Obstacle Course Runner

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
Help someone's soul heal.
Walk out of your house like a shepherd."
-Jalaluddin Rumi
 
It's a humbling honor to represent D2E.
Namaste
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Merinda Stevens

5k & Half Marathon Runner

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 
I’m 36 and a mother of 3 children; 13, 12 and 22 months. Dealing with teenagers and toddlers has driven me to run (literally) out of the house. I started running again in 2016 to combat postpartum depression and managed three 5ks, one five miler, two 10k, one 10 Miler and one half marathon in 2017. A double fracture in my left ankle caused me to miss out on a lot of spring running but 2018 is looking like it will be amazing! I can’t wait to represent depression2extinction in the coming year and to help bring awareness to the masses who live with depression daily. 
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Caitlin Mooney

Ultra Runner

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 
Caitlin was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. She began running as cross training for her collegiate rowing career and fell in love with the sport upon completion of her first half marathon. At some point, she was tricked into registering for an ultramarathon and has since never looked back. 
Depression and anxiety enshrouded Caitlin from ages 16-21 as she battled with finally conquered anorexia. In some ways running saved her life. In many more ways, it was the trails and the beauty of our planet that saved her life. To her, trail running has become simultaneously the means to achieve and the celebration of a strong body, and a sound mind.
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Alex Rubin

Marathon Runner

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 
Growing up with anxiety was not an easy feat. The classroom was my worst nightmare as I longed to run free outside. Thankfully, my parents had me play soccer from the pee wee years up till 6th grade, at which point I was finally free to find the sport of my choice. Thus, my official introduction into the running world. Over the years, the number of injuries grew and I questioned whether I could continue with my passion for this sport. It wasn't until my senior year of college when I tackled my first long distance race, a 50K ultramarathon, that it really sunk in that chasing endurance, specifically ultras, would be the stepping stone to continually conquering this beast called anxiety.
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Danielle Loiseau

Marathon Runner

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 
I am an enthusiastic, social runner living in Pennsylvania. My running career began during my years on the high school cross country team. Swimming was always my first love, and I was a decorated member of my swim team at Lycoming College. When I graduated college and ended my swimming career, I began running again and discovered a love for the half marathon. I ran my first full marathon in June 2016 with the intention of it also being my last. Like so many of us, I was hooked and decided to run the Harrisburg Marathon in 2017 where I qualified for Boston 2019 with a 3.33. I love to run on the trails and farm roads of PA with my dog, Riley. I try to live every day with a positive outlook and running gives me confidence (and natural high) to make this possible.
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Erin Donaghy

Ultra Runner & Triathlete

Next race:
Fireweed 400 Two Person Relay, Alaska
July 13-14, 2018
Across the Years 24-hr Race
Dec 31 - Jan 1st, 2019
 
I suffer from endometriosis, a disease that leaves me mentally and physically drained frequently every month. This leaves me feeling inadequate and empty, and as a result I struggle with bouts of depression and anxiety from my chronic, severe pain. But when I can push myself to get out the door, no matter if it's for 5 minutes or 5 hours, it gives me a sense of normality and strength. My strong passion for cycling, ultra-running, and triathlon empowers me to be my best self. Training is my release from the everyday stresses of life, and I love the challenge of pushing myself to my limits in training and racing. I want to be a role model to other athletes, women, and people from all walks of life - to show everyone you can be confident and strong in your own skin no matter what obstacle stands in your way. 
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Justin Snair

Ultra Runner

Next races:
Coming Soon!
I grew up in Massachusetts, have been running and racing off and on for nearly 25 years, and I am a US Marine Corps combat veteran. After returning from the Iraq war in 2005, I struggled with reintegration, anxiety, and identity. Running, and the community, structure, and goal setting involved with it, helped me through those hard times. I spent most of my professional life working on catastrophic disaster planning and health security, heavy topics to say the least. I wasn't very happy, under a lot of (mostly self-imposed) pressure, and not as active as I would like to be. Recently, with the help and support of my amazing wife, I stopped working for other organizations and government to start several businesses; one focused on supporting small businesses recovering from disasters (@Naseku_goods) and there other focused on connecting ultra and trail runners with great gear (@ultrarunnercrate). I once again have time for running adventures and it is my honor to help D2E raise awareness of and remove the stigma around depression.
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Joseph Sutton

Next race:
Coming Soon!
I am from Greenville, North Carolina. I have been athletic my entire life, an off and on runner through the years, love the outdoors, and have battled with depression and social anxiety for some time. I feel that running, ultra-running especially, has helped in curbing my depression and social anxiety by allowing me to channel the negative feelings into something positive and overcome some of the dark places and fears that accompany those paralyzing issues. I took up running seriously in 2017, and it has blossomed from there with the help of various friends, mentors, and my family’s support. I competed in the 2017 Blue Ridge Relay on a 6 man ultra-team which finished 36th overall, and 7th in the ultra category. I was then convinced by a few ultra-runner friends to enter Tideland 24 which is a 24 hours race and go for 100 miles. I hesitantly entered the race and surprisingly finished 7th overall with 100.5 miles completed in my first attempt at a solo ultra run. For this year I currently plan to run the Ultra Race of Champions 100k, Bethel Hill Moonlight Boogie 50 Miler, and the 2018 Blue Ridge Relay 6 man ultra category. I am truly honored to be a part of the D2E team, and look forward to what the future holds!
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Ken Hannah

Ultra Runner

Last race:
Potawatomi 150
Completed 115 Miles!
 

I’ve been running since my Junior year in high school when I joined the cross country team after missing the first 2 races and could barely run around the local pond at our 1st practice. My coach kept me off the roster for the upcoming Saturday race but I insisted I wanted to run. I came in 40th out of 41.

My whole running career has been like that I’m very stubborn. Prior to 9/2013, I ran mostly 5k’s, 10k’s and few half marathons and 1 marathon. However, in September of that year, I had to get knee surgery. My surgeon made the mistake of telling me I’d probably never run more than a 10k ever again. Well, 9/2014 I ran a half marathon but I wanted more.  3/2015 I completed my 1st 50k. 
2016 was a year of challenging myself, I completed the Dopey Challenge 1/2016 and my 1st 50 mile the North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin. I did the Chicago Marathon 4 weeks later and the Hixon 50k 4 weeks after that. 
2017 I finished my first hundred miler! The Hennepin Hundred was one of the hardest accomplishments of my life and in 2018 I’ve set the bar even higher for myself. I run my next 100 miler April 6th in Pekin, IL the Potawatomi 100. In October I’m going back to Hennepin for a new challenge. I will be running the 100 mile again but after I cross the finish line myself and 2 other runners will turn around run back 100 miles back to the starting line for 200 miles the last 100 being supported by friends and family.
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Su Mittra

Next races:
Infinitus
June 1-3, 2018

I am an ultra runner, a nature lover, and can frequently be found running through the forest barefoot. I like making connections with people who don’t judge me. 

Social anxiety has plagued me for all of my life, and definitely held me back a number of times.  When younger I was never good at sports, they were always a little terrifying. My anxiety kicked in whenever I considered putting myself out there in a team-sports setting. But when I tried running it was a much different experience, it was solitary but also  challenging.  I love to run and am able to find both strength and happiness through it.  Running has helped open my eyes to new ways of thinking and problem-solving — techniques I apply to my life. 

While team sports are not my thing, I did establish a running group, the Davis Square Runners, to create a non-competitive and welcoming environment where others can run and be social. Since getting to know the people in my group, I have discovered anxiety issues and social phobias to be prevalent, especially amongst long distance runners. I’ve also found that I have benefitted from talking and trusting these people—many of whom have become close friends.  It’s through these connections that I can see my anxieties being conquered, rather than ignored. 

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Audrey Henelius

Marathon Runner

Next race:
Coming Soon!

I am the mother of four marvellous kids, a lifelong horse person both professionally and as a hobby, a vegetarian, animal lover, writer of as-yet-unpublished books, a Virginian living on an island in the Finnish archipelago, and last but not least a marathon runner! I ran my first marathon in 2016 in Helsinki and my second in Stockholm in 2017. This year I am signed up for the Madrid marathon in April.  My goal is to travel to Sydney, Australia in 2019 to run the Sydney marathon and celebrate my fiftieth birthday.  

In addition to my two full marathons, I have run two half marathons, countless 5k and 10k races, one triathlon and a swim/run. I plan to run a half marathon in May in Helsinki and complete my second triathlon this summer as well.
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Jonathan Darling

Ultra Runner

Next race:
Breaks 40 Miler
September 8, 2018
 

My whole life I’ve been told what I couldn’t do and who I couldn’t be.  Not anymore!  My passion is to Make Positivity Louder and be the catalyst for self-belief in others lives! I’m no longer accepting limitations and am going to push the boundaries of possibility.  I've always been a bodybuilder, but after completing a 24hr non-stop hike called the Unbreakable Challenge, I’ve decided to dive head first into Ultra Endurance competition. This year I have signed up for and will complete the Breaks 40 which is a 43-mile Ultra Trail run through the “Grand Canyon of the South”.  I can’t wait to compete and complete this challenge and look forward to sharing my story along the way!

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Nicholas Budzyn

Marathon & Ultra Runner

Next races:
Coming Soon!
My first race was the '07 Detroit Marathon in which I did just about everything wrong. It was a completely miserable experience I was just happy to check off my bucket list. I didn't really get into running until the next summer when I linked up with a local running group. Until then I thought runners were just "type A"/ anal folks that liked to wake up at 5am to be miserable the rest of the day, but it turned out that they're actually some pretty cool people!
My friends in the group and I did lots of races together, and did all the "by the book" training. This led us to the all too frequent story of injuries and plateaued fitness. It wasn't until I changed my training in preparation for a hundred miler that I really began to understand running for myself.
Long story short, running changed from being "training" into an activity. I could use it to meditate, socialise, rock out to tunes, study, plan, reflect, or just be in the moment etc. I actually began to develop my relationship with the sport. I took the time to be mindful of form, heart rate, and exertion. All my training was easy, but my race PRs kept dropping. It's like I finally took the training wheels off.
I try to share this experience/feeling with everyone, and I'm lucky enough to work with the running community on a daily basis. It really has become a passion.
I've also dealt with depression and anxiety all along the way, and still see how it affects myself, my loved ones, my friends, and the community. I know how easy it is to cut oneself off from the world, and how hard it is to reach out for help. There are many people willing to listen, and rock bottom is a lot deeper when you're going solo. It's a privilege to be able to help fight the stigma of these conditions. Society is certainly in the midst of a great shift, and organizations like depression2extinction are doing a great part in spreading this change.
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Josh Fiore

Ultra Runner & Pro OCR

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 

l am a Physician Assistant student and pro OCR  (obstacle course racing) and Ultra-Marathon athlete. As a kid I was not an athletic person, I would trip over my own feet and never started in any sports that I participated in, including football, track, and wrestling. It wasn't until I joined the Army that I found out that I was really good at running. Unfortunately, when you're young it's easy to fall into the wrong crowd with the wrong people. Shortly after joining my unit in Texas I started drinking way too much and fell deeply into depression after holding back emotions from a really troubled childhood full of heartbreak and bullying. If it wasn't first, for my sons birth, and secondly for running, I would have never survived my battle with depression. That all being said, I am PROOF that things get better. Today I would have never imagined being a top running athlete, winning races and even becoming the Spartan Race Ultra World Champion this past December in Iceland. I look forward to working with this great organization to run across the globe and spread the word that IT DOES GET BETTER!

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Regan Goss

Fitness Competitor

Next competition:
Coming Soon!
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Chelsey McEvoy

Ultra Runner

Next races:
Tahoe 200
Sept. 7, 2018
Originally from New Hampshire, I fell in love with running and long distance movement when I was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska with the U.S. Army. While living there I spent most of my weekends running and skiing, and finished my first marathon, 50 miler, and 100 miler. Since then, I’ve completed long distance trips in Scotland, Canada, and much of the lower 48. Running has also fueled my passions for alpine climbing and backcountry skiing, and I love seeing all the wonderful places my feet can take me. I recently moved into a van that I converted into a camper, and I can’t wait to hit the road and run in some beautiful places.
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Allison Donaghy

Ultra Runner

Next race:
Across the Years 48 hr Race
December 28, 2018
 

I have been a competitive runner for over 18 years, and grew up running with my identical twin (Erin Donaghy - also a d2e ambassador) and father. I enjoy long distance running and in more recent years have run several half marathons, marathons, and a 50k. Last year, I ran 57 miles from Penn State to Bucknell to raise money for Lyme disease awareness. As someone diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, I understand how difficult it is to struggle day to day with a stigmatized disease. I've also struggled with depression, so d2e's mission is incredibly important to me. This year I plan on running my first 48 hour race and hopefully several other distance events.

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Josh Miller

Ultra Runner

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 

Hello my name is Josh! Everyone in Boulder calls me Primal Flow though, or Primal for short. I have a connection with the mountains and running that goes a lot deeper than any race, training program, or general health. I tap into the primal, animal side of myself when I’m deep out in the wilderness during a big day of summits and pounding out some mileage.

I first got into trail running during my recovery from drugs and alcohol. I found complete bliss and happiness during the early stages of my recovery when I needed an outlet to help me through some dark times. From the time I first set foot on a forest trail I was hooked, I couldn’t get enough. Since then, I have moved to Boulder, Colorado to pursue my passion for being with myself in the mountains. My running brand, Scheme, follows this foundation by helping others purge negativity and using running to replace that energy with positivity.

I am an ultra-runner, so I tend to stick to the races others like to call “crazy”. The crazier the better is what I say! I am currently training for Zion 100 where I want to place in the top 5 (maybe even podium at top 3). I also plan on running Never Summer 100k, Dirty 30, and Quad Rock for the remainder of the year. If you’re ever running in Boulder, I’ll be the dude with the crazy, longer hair and brightly colored clothing!

Happy trails.

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Adrien Thévenet

Triathlete & Trail Runner

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 
Born in France from a family of alpinists, I grew up in the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif. In my early teens I started running and quickly understood the many benefits of this incredible sport.
My true breakthrough happened while I was living in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where I would escape on the week-ends to the countryside discovering the joys of trail running.
My sports life went through several phases which allowed me to discover many passions. I started as a casual jogger and then discovered adventure racing which lead to mountaineering. In recent years, I became a strong triathlete which led me to become a competitive road and trail runner.
My passion for running and adventures brings me around the world to explore and compete. This year will be no exceptions with the planning of some long distance runs in various places of the world.
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Ian Cruz

Runner & Boxing Coach

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 
I grew up in San Jose, CA and was a competitive boxer, training out of the non-profit boxing gym, Dreamland Boxing since high school. Boxing taught me much more than just how to fight - it reconditioned my mind and my attitude and instilled an ethic of discipline and self-respect into my life. After hanging up my gloves, I've made an effort to give back to my community and now volunteer as the amateur team head coach at Dreamland. I also got interested in obstacle course running and long-distance running. I ran my first 3 marathons within the past year and have a few more on the calendar for 2018.
I believe that we need to get rid of the stigma behind mental illness through empathy and compassion, education and truly understanding its causes and manifestations. Everyone is affected by mental illness - whether it be a personal battle or with someone they know. However, only 50% seek treatment for one reason or another. I believe that we can all take small steps towards ending the stigma behind depression and other mental illnesses and empower others to seek the help they need behind the support group of their friends, family, and resources like D2E. I look forward to representing D2E in the coming year.
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Grace Barnick

Personal Trainer & Marathon Runner

Support Grace's Campaign Here

Next race:
Coming Soon!
 
I am so excited to represent the D2E mission of lessening the stigma around depression and anxiety. Having spent several years working in very high-pressure, high-stress careers, I used to rely on alcohol or food or television to medicate the often debilitating anxiety and worry that I was experiencing. Running has provided me an opportunity to manage this anxiety in a way that does not negatively impact my career, health or quality of life. It has enabled me to be a more productive person and open myself up to life-changing opportunities for personal and professional growth. Moreover, running has fostered a great deal of grace and humility for my abilities, which has improved my patience and empathy for others. Imagine what a little more empathy for each other could do for the world!
After running for exercise since 2008, I began training for marathons in 2016. My first marathon, in Summer 2016, was a life-changing experience, both physically and mentally. Committing yourself to such a scary goal, forced me to become a more disciplined and mindful person, and I developed a sincere gratitude for how capable my body was. It also made me realize how much more I could accomplish in my personal and professional life if I were to apply the same commitment that I did to running.
I am now Certified Personal Trainer, committed to supporting people fulfill their potential in fitness and in life. I continue to run because it makes me a better, happier, less anxious person and I know that my positive attitude can influence others. I believe that the benefits of a running are greater than the individual and a running regimen can positively impact anyone who chooses to apply it. After all, the greatest gift that we can give to the world is to seek to our fulfill our potential and become the best version of ourselves!
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Nora Allen

Ultra Runner

Next race:
coming soon!

From an early age, I was always active- bouncing between soccer, basketball, field hockey and dance. I began struggling with anxiety and depression earlier in life as well, around the age of 12. Staying active was a great outlet to push through my anxiety, but often the anxiety held me back from performing at the level I wanted to. My anxiety progressed to the point of agoraphobia, where I could not leave the house without having severe panic attacks. With some professional support, I went on to run DIII Cross Country, where I found great support in my teammates. They encouraged me to run my first two half marathons. Still, the anxiety and depression continued to challenge me. My running went to the wayside as I turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with my mental illness, and I became very suicidal.

The fog began to lift when I turned back to running, after gaining 45 pounds. I started slowly getting back into running and trained for my third half marathon. I finally hit my bottom in December 2013, when I got sober. It seemed like the perfect time to train for my first marathon! Navigating early recovery and marathon training went hand in hand for me, learning to work through fears and challenges, and asking for help. I firmly believe that running has saved my life.

Today, I have an ultramarathon (Dirty German 50K), five marathons (including the honor of running the 2017 NYC Marathon as “Meb’s Final Marathoner”), eleven half marathons and countless other races under my belt. I’ve expanded into Crossfit to supplement my running. I am a person in long term recovery, in addition to thriving (not just surviving!) with my mental illness. Running and Crossfit continue to be excellent tools to work through my bad days and tougher times.

I am passionate about d2e because of their focus on connection. I have been carried and supported by my friends as well as those I have met in the running community, the Crossfit community and others in recovery. When I becomes we, even illness turns to wellness!

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Jessica McBride

Ultra Runner

Next race:
Lost Soul 100
Sept. 7-8, 2018 

I am blessed to be a mom to three girls while living in beautiful Edson, Alberta. I was most certainly not a runner in childhood, and instead I came into the sport as an “adult onset runner” on the back of shirking morbid obesity through adopting a ketogenic lifestyle.

Since becoming a ketogenic athlete I have gone from zero base to running ultramarathons in two years, have been fortunate enough to place at several events, including most notably my ultra debut at the Whistler 50 Miler 2017, and have had the opportunity to write for publications such as Run Like a Girl and Women’s Running Magazine. I am also extremely fortunate to be able to train and race for team Salming North America with the support of several brands including Wunjo Sports, Tiux, and Xtra Mile Athletic Wear.

The two causes I champion as a competitive athlete are the empowerment of women and girls in sport and mental health awareness in and outside the run community. To the former, in August 2018 I am registered to certify as an RRCA run coach so that I can share my love of the sport with other people in my community. I also hope through coaching, and through my influence in women’s running communities and the group Ketogenic Dieters, to encourage other women to recognize that limits are someone else’s property and to appreciate their own infinite potential.

Working with d2e was very important to me both as an athlete who is open about their struggle to live peacefully with OCD, and as someone who has lost loved ones to suicide. Upon learning that the Lost Soul 100 would share a date with the eighth anniversary of my brother-in-law’s passing from suicide I knew that I needed to make that race a significant fundraising effort both to honor his memory and to benefit other people like him who are still with us. It is so vital to recognize that in struggle to de-stigmatize and fight mental illness we must live Dylan Thomas’ wisdom to “…not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

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Ali Perry

OCR Athlete

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I’m a Minnesota girl and happily planted roots here with my wonderful husband, Bill, and 3 spunky kiddos; Ada, Lydi, & Beau. Our mighty Beau has taught us so much as parents and individuals through his genetic disorder. His challenges are both frustrating and inspiring as we see him grow, constantly facing his own obstacles with an uber-smile.

I was an inactive person most of my life, which worked against me as a teenager when symptoms kicked in and I began years of suffering from depression and an eating disorder. I slowly made my way through the mental mess, and when I met my husband, his unconditional support & love finally gave me the environment for healing my heart needed. However, my mind suffered greatly with each pregnancy, my weight got out of control, and I wasn't taking good care of myself. After baby #3, with a friend’s encouragement, I tried a fitness program and liked it, which lead to trying lots of new things and losing 50 pounds. In the process, I learned what if felt like to be STRONG, and how to harness the power within. Once I built up the courage to try Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), I fell in love immediately. Through the next 2 years I rolled in mud and learned how to run, breaking down barriers of who I was, and what I was capable of. In 2017 I did my first Spartan UltraBeast and the experience was sublime. The sense of accomplishment was one of my proudest athletic days. This building of self has lead me here, to d2e, where I now feel ready to take my "why" of fighting for myself, and begin to be a voice for others who are on their own trail of discovery. I want to take all I've learned, and run with it.

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