Professional Athlete Bios

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OPEN DIVISION (INTERNATIONAL)

Zemzem Ahmed

Zemzem Ahmed: Ethiopia - OLYMPIAN
DOB – 12/27/84
PRs – 9:17:85 3,000m Steeplechase (National Record), 9:03:49 3,000m
Accomplishments:
2008 Olympian
3rd 2014 Paris Marathon
8th 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
4th 2012 Diamond League Areva Track Meet 3,000m Steeplechase
1st 2012 Sotreville-Les-Rouen Track Meet 3,000m Steeplechase
7th 2012 DN Galan Track Meet 3,000m Steeplechase
2nd 2009 Qatar Super Grand Prix Track Meet 3,000m Steeplechase
7th 2008 Beijing Olympics 3,000m Steeplechase

Genet Beyene – Ethiopia
DOB: 03/01/95
Pr’s: 15:55 5K, 9:25 3,000m
Accomplishments:
4th 2014 Ethiopian Club Championships
8th 2013 Ethiopian 5,000m Championships
5th 2013 Ethiopian 3,000m Youth Championships
8th 2012 Rennes Tout Court 5K
3rd 2013 Akuam Melenkaya 800m

Mamitu Daska

Mamitu Daska: Ethiopia
DOB – 10/16/83
PRs – 15:19 5K, 31:36 10,000m, 2:21:59 Marathon
Accomplishments:
2nd 2014 UAE Healthy Kidney Run 10K
1st 2014 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile
2nd 2014 BAA 5K
1st 2013 NYRR Mini Marathon 10K
1st 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
1st 2012 Utica Boilermaker
1st 2012 Zazzle Bay to Breakers
1st 2012 Bloomsday Run 12K
9th 2012 Dubai Marathon
1st 2011 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
1st 2011 Frankfurt Marathon
2nd 2011 Bay to Breakers 12K
2nd 2011 Bolder Boulder 10K
1st 2011 Houston Marathon
6th 2010 Chicago Marathon
1st 2010 Dubai Marathon
3rd 2010 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
2nd 2010 Lilac Bloomsday 12K
8th 2010 World Cross Country Championships

Agnes Cheserek – Kenya
DOB: 08/10/87
Pr’s: 32:24 10K, 71:12 HM, 2:39:17 Marathon
Accomplishments:
4th 2014 Bloomsday
1st 2013 Jaipur Half Marathon
1st 2012 Eldoret Marathon
1st 2012 Hilversum 10K

Nolene Conrad – South Africa
DOB: 07/26/85
Pr’s: 15:57 5,000m, 33:28 10k, 75:40 HM
Accomplishments:
2nd 2014 South African Track Championships 5,000m
1st 2014 South African 10K Championships
3rd 2014 Spar Ladies Race 10K
2nd 2014 Jumbo Beach to Beach Half Marathon
4th 2014 Hanover Marathon
2013 World Cross-Country Championships team member
2nd 2013 Gauteng Challenge 10K
4th 2013 Totalsports Ladies Race
2012 World Half Marathon Championships team member

Buzunesh Deba – Ethiopia
DOB:
PR’s: 2:19:59 Marathon,
Accomplishments:
2nd 2014 Boston Marathon
2nd 2014 NYC Half Marathon
2nd 2013 NYC Marathon
2nd 2011 NYC Marathon

Afera Godfay — Ethiopia
DOB: 09/25/91
Pr’s: 15:01 5,000m, 31:08 10,000m, 69:52 HM
Accomplishments:
6th 2014 Okpekpe Road Race
5th 2014 Prague Half Marathon
5th 2014 San Blas Half Marathon
3rd 2013 Boclassic Silvesterlauf
1st 2013 Corrida Pedestre de Houilles
3rd 2013 Obudu Ranch Int. Mountain Race
8th 2010 World Junior Cross Country Championships
1st 2010 National Junior Cross Country Championships

Rkia El Moukim – Morocco
DOB: 02/22/88
Pr’s: 15:21 5,000m, 32:07 10K, 70:03 HM
Accomplishments:
7th 2014 UAE Healthy Kidney Run 10K
5th 2014 Bloomsday Run
1st 2014 Hy-Vee Half Marathon
3rd 2014 Crescent City Classic 10K
1st 2014 Shamrockin Run 8K
1st 2014 Marrakesh Half Marathon
1st 2014 Shamrockin 8K
1st 2013 Philadelphia Half Marathon

Lucy Wangui Kabuu – Kenya
DOB: 03/24/84
Pr’s: 14:33 5,000m, 30:39 10,000m, 67:04 HM, 2:19:34 Marathon
Accomplishments:
1st 2014 Bangalore 10K
3rd 2014 Tokyo Marathon
1st 2013 Big 25 Berlin
1st 2013 Rak Half Marathon
3rd 2012 Chicago Marathon
2nd 2012 Dubai Marathon
7th 2008 Olympic Games 10000m
9th 2004 Olympic Games 10,000m


Photo Credit: University of Arkansas

Christine Kalmer – South Africa
DOB: 02/10/86
Pr’s: 9:21 3,000M
Accomplishments:
Competed for University of Arkansas Track & Field and Cross Country teams graduated 09
2013 member of the South African World Cross-Country Team
6th 2013 South African World Cross-Country Trials
2nd 2013 South African 10K Championships
5th 2013 Two Oceans Half Marathon
1st 2013 Cradle of Mankind Half Marathon
2nd 2012 South African Half Marathon Championships
4th 2012 South African 10K Championships
2012 member of South African World Half Marathon Team

Rene Kalmer – South Africa
DOB: 11/03/80
Pr’s: 15:35 5,000m, 32:28 10K
Accomplishments:
2012 Olympian Marathon
10th 2009 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
2008 Olympian 1,500m


Photo Credit: Manchester Road Race

Alice Kamunya – Kenya
DOB: 02/15/91
Pr’s: 32:32 10K,
Accomplishments:
2nd 2014 Red Hook Classic 5K
2nd 2014 Holyoke 10K
2nd 2014 Shamrock 8K
1st 2013 Richmond 8K
5th 2013 Tufts 10K
2nd 2013 Nairobi 5K
2nd 2013 Nairobi Environment 10K
2nd 2013 Nairobi Cross-Country

OPEN DIVISION (US)

Michelle Frey

Michelle Lilienthal: USA
DOB – 04/18/82
PRs – 16:33 5K, 34:49 10K
Accomplishments:
13th 2014 Cooper River Bridge
17th 2014 Worlds Best 10K
11th 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
4th 2013 Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12K
13th 2013 World’s Best 10K
6th 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
4th 2012 Bay to Breakers 12K
3rd 2012 More Fitness Half Marathon
22nd 2012 USA Olympic Marathon Trials
16th 2011 USA 10 Mile Championships
2nd 2011 Minneapolis 13.1 Marathon
5th 2010 Casablanca International Marathon
23rd 2010 Boston Marathon
5th 2010 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
4th 2009 USA 25K Championships

Tera Moody

Tera Moody: USA
DOB – 12/18/80
PRs – 16:14 5K, 26:53 8K, 33:50 10K, 2:30:53 Marathon
Accomplishments:
5th 2014 Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon
7th 2014 US Half Marathon Championships
13th 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
3rd 2013 USATF 25K Championships
1st 2013 Shamrock Run 8K
1st 2013 Lakefront 10 Mile
2nd 2013 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon
2nd 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon
17th 2011 World Championships Marathon
5th 2011 USA Half Marathon Championships
10th 2010 Chicago Marathon
1st 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon
6th 2010 US Half Marathon Championships
1st 2010 Shamrock Shuffle 8K
9th 2009 Chicago Marathon
28th 2009 World Championships Marathon
2nd 2009 Shamrock Shuffle 8K
17th 2009 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile
19th 2009 Gate River Run
6th 2008 USA 10K National Championship
5th 2008 USA Olympic Marathon Trials
6th 2008 Gate River Run 15K

Megan Hogan

Name: Megan Hogan
Residence: USA
DOB: 10/02/88
PRs: 15:29 5,000m, 32:34 10,000m
Accomplishments:
9th 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K 9th 2011 Mt. Sac 5,000m 8th NCAA Cross-Country
9th 2011 Mt Sac 5,000m
3rd 2011 Gate River Run 15K

Amy Van Alstine

Amy Van Alstine: USA
DOB – 11/11/87
PRs – 15:42 5,000m, 25:50 8K
Accomplishments:
12th 2014 Peyton Jordan Invitational 5,000m
8th 2014 BAA 5K
8th 2014 Carlsbad 5000
3rd 2014 US 15K Championships
2nd 2013 Sun Angel Classic 1500m
2nd 2013 Newport 10,000m
2nd 2013 Sun Angel Classic 1500m
4th 2012 Shamrockin Run 8K
1st 2012 Sally’s Run 5K
5th 2012 Manchester Road Race
3rd 2012 HCA Virginia 8K
1st 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship 1500m
1st 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship 5K

MASTERS DIVISION

Joan Samuelson

Joan Benoit Samuelson: USA - OLYMPIAN
DOB – 05/16/57
PRs – 15:40 5K, 2:21:21 Marathon
Accomplishments:
1st Age Group 55-59 2013 Boston Marathon – set US Age Group Record 2:50:29
2010 – Set American Record for 10 Miles for Women 50+
6th Master 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
5th Master 2010 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
3rd Master 2009 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
2009 – Set American Record for 3,000m for Women 50+
2008 – Set American Record for Marathon for Women 50+
2008 – Set American Record for 5K for Women 50+
2nd Master 2005 Twin Cities Marathon
1st 1985 Chicago Marathon
1st 1984 Olympic Women’s Marathon
1st 1983 Boston Marathon
1st 1979 Boston Marathon

Carmen Troncoso

Carmen Ayala-Troncoso: USA
DOB – 04/02/59
PRs – 15:50 5K, 33:25 10K
Accomplishments:
11th 2014 US Masters 10K Championships
5th Master 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
2nd 2011 Master’s World Championship 1500 meters
1st 2011 Master’s World Championship 5,000 meters
4th Master 2010 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
3rd Master 2010 Carlsbad 5,000
5th Master 2009 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
5th Master 2008 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
1st 2008 Run for the Water 10 Mile
1st Master 2008 USATF Pacific Assoc. Cross-Country Championship
1st Master 2008 Turkey Trot 5K
1st Master 2008 National Cross-Country Championship 6K
3rd Master 2008 3M Half Marathon
2006 Running Times Runner of the Year 45-49 age group
4-time USA Olympic Trials participant Track & Field
National Masters 5K Road Champion in 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000 and 1999
2005 Masters World Champion 45-49 age group 5000m & 8K XC
1st Master 2005 Freihofer’s Run for Women

Sheri Piers

Sheri Piers: USA
DOB – 05/19/71
PRs – 74:27 Half Marathon, 2:37:04 Marathon
Accomplishments:
4th Master 2014 Boston Marathon
2nd Master 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
10th Overall, 1st American 2012 Boston Marathon
24th Overall 2012 US Olympic Trials Marathon
1st Master 2011 Twin Cities Marathon
22nd Overall 2011 Boston Marathon
9th Overall 2010 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
10th Overall 2009 Beach to Beacon 10K



Libby James

Libby James: USA
DOB – 07/12/36
PRs – 23:30 5K, 50:15 10K, 79:22 10 Mile
Accomplishments:
2013 World Age Group (75-79) Record in Half Marathon 1:45:56
Started running at 40-years-old
70-74 age group record holder at 5K
75-79 age group record holder at 5K, 10K & 10 Miles
2012 Inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame
2011 Running Times “Master Runner of the Year” in 70-74 and 75-79 age groups



Emily Bryans

Emily Bryans: USA
DOB – 07/31/67
PRs – 17:17 5K, 36:36 10K
Accomplishments:
6th 2014 US Masters 10K Championships
4th Master 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
2nd 2013 Westfield 5K
2nd 2012 5K National Masters Championships
4th Master 2012 Tufts 10K
3rd 2011 National Masters Championship 5K
3rd Master 2011 Boilermaker 15K
1st 2010 5K Masters Championships
2nd 2010 15K Masters Championships
5th 2009 Masters 5K Championships
2nd 2009 15K Masters Championships
5th Master 2008 Boston Marathon




Emily Bryans

Melody Fairchild: USA
DOB – 09/10/73
PRs
Accomplishments:
1st 2014 US Masters 20K Championships
2nd Master 2014 BAA 5K
1st Master 2014 Yuengling Half Marathon
2012 Member of Gold Medal team at World Long Distance Mountain Run Championships
1st 1996 NCAA Indoor Championship 3,000m
2-time Kinney Cross Country Championships (high school)
3rd 1991 World Jr. Cross Country Championships (still in high school)




Name: Paula Wiltse
Residence: Canada
DOB: 07/25/67
PRs: 17:02 5k, 33:35 10k, 77:40 Half Marathon
Accomplishments:
2nd Master 2014 ShamrocK Half Marathon
1st Master 2013 Shamrock 8K
1st Master 2012 Yonge Street 10k
1st Master 2012 Toronto Downtown 10k
Ist Master 2012 Harry’s Spring Run Off 8k
1st overall 2011 Freeze Your Buns 5k
1st Master 2011Niagra Falls Half Marathon
2nd Master 2011 Buffalo Subaru 4 Mile
4th Master 2011 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k
3rd Master 2010 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k
2nd Master 2010 Subaru 4 Mile
2nd Master 2010 Chris Thater 5k2nd Master 2010 Shamrock 8k
6th Master 2009 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k
2nd Master 2009 Nordion 10k
1st Master 2009 Sporting Life 10k
1st Master 2009 Subaru 4 Mile
3rd Master Chris Thater 5k
1st Master 2008 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k