Join us for our 5th Anniversary as an exclusive SLO Marathon + Half Ambassador!
2016 SLO Marathon Ambassadors
Dani Bahnsen: Hi, I'm Dani Bahnsen. I'm a personal trainer and natural running coach based in Camarillo, California. Running was my therapy when I worked in the corporate world, and am now lucky to have changed careers to follow my passion. I am currently the running coach for the Ventura County Marathon Training program. I'm proud to have served in the US Marine Corps and US Air Force Reserve. SLO marathon is truly my favorite!
Diane Bressem: Hello!! So happy to be back for my 2nd year as a SLO Marathon Ambassador! #RaceSLO is definitely the SMALL TOWN BIG RACE of the year! Love spreading the word of such a unique race. Perfect mixture of rolling hills, glorious weather, and a great little town to run through. Join me and let's RaceSLO .........FAST!
Martin Bressem: Hello Athletes, my name is Martin, also known as MarathonPitstop. I started running in late 2011 and I hated it….just one small problem, I made the mistake of committing to running a half marathon! WHY? I don’t know… I stuck with the painful training and who would have known I'd become a run ""Junkie""!!!!! Shortly after completing the half marathon I decided to run a marathon “FOR FUN” Ha Ha my time was 4:45 and I thought “WOW” Dreamily… Boston here I come!!!!! HA HA HA I looked up my Boston qualifying time and sadly to say I needed to run a MARATHON in three hours and thirty minutes…. yes I said 3:30!! What cut an hour and fifteen minutes off a time I thought was marvelous!!!!! You’ve probably already figured it out, of course I decided to commit to running the Boston Marathon………First thing I did was challenged myself to run at least one marathon a month in 2014 and I completed 14…Ooops! I am honored to be an Ambassador for the SLO Marathon, for a number of reasons, it is truly an awesome well run race and I qualified for the Boston Marathon while running the SLO Marathon. YIPPEE!!!! I get so inspired every day watching ALL the athletes train, compete and achieve their dreams! I ran the Boston Marathon in 2015 proudly even though it rained the entire time. Connect with me and we can train in person or virtually!
Katie Bull: Katie Bull has been living on the Central Coast for 17 years. She graduated from Cal Poly and loved the area so much, she never left. Katie started competing in races in 2009. She has completed various races in San Luis Obispo County, including SLO Marathon, Miracle Miles for Kids, Tinley Triathlon, and the San Luis Obispo Triathlon. She is an avid soccer player, and currently plays in the San Luis Obispo Women's Soccer League. Katie is excited to train for and run her second half marathon, beat last years’ time, and to be a part of the 2016 SLO Marathon Ambassador Team!
Fallon Clowes: Hi, I'm Fallon otherwise known as Slacker Runner. I had a late start to running but I soon grew to love it. I love the challenge it brings as well as all the amazing people I have been able to meet through it. I've run numerous races from 5K to 25K but the half marathon is my favorite distance. SLO is one of my favorite places to be and the SLO Marathon is one of my favorite races. 2016 will be my third year running it and I can't wait for race weekend!
Glenda Finley: Hi! I'm Glenda from Kingsburg and I love running on the Central Coast! 2016 will be my fourth time to run the SLO half marathon. I have completed over two dozen half marathons since 2012 and I am training for my third marathon. I am part of a huge running group in the Central Valley, BNB - Bad News Bears runners, who enthusiastically promote healthy, enjoyable adventures! I also love playing in the mud in OCRs and finding the best, and most fun, races around the state. I like to share my runs and experiences on IG and Twitter so that others can see what fun working for a goal can be and the celebrations of it!
Pepe Gonzalez: Pepe Gonzalez started running with his dad at age 3 years old when he was just a little kid. He hated running from the start, but all his dad was doing was trying to make his life a difference which reflected him for the rest of his life. Pepe’s dad Max didn’t have much opportunities to run much in High School, but all that changed when he started running with his son Pepe. From then on there, he knew his son was the one. Ever since 5th grade he started breaking records all the way throughout High School and until now. He’s won many races all around the SLO COUNTY Area that he has become one of the toughest runners to race against and beat. Pepe has become a dedicated Ultra Runner that has been inspired by others around him to keep on going in life and to pursue his future dreams to making it to the Olympics someday.
Marc Kravetz: Marc is the EVP of Murad, Inc, a skin care and wellness busisness in El Segundo, CA. A long history of writing and directing for health, fitness and wellness companies led me to admit that I was personally none of the above. In 2010 I decided to take a shot at changing that. Started running (more like walking) by the beach in Santa Monica, and decided I loved it. My first Half was in Hollywood in 2011, my first full was the LA Marathon in 2012, and now I'm hooked. My 2nd year as ambassador, I missed the race last year with an injury. I'm only here to speak about my own personal experiences, I'm an amatuer, and my only goal is to share what I go through in case it can help someone else in a similar position. Outside of running I love sports, poker, politics, and most of all my now-grown kids and family.
Charles Lim: "Charles is a former couch potato who has turned into an avid road and trail runner. He is proud to have made some amazing accomplishments in the world of endurance events over the last few years, some of which include completing three 50 mile and six 50K ultra marathons, ten full marathons, an olympic and sprint distance triathlon, and a 100 mile bike ride. Charles had tons of fun running the SLO Half Marathon last year as one of the SLO Ambassadors and is looking forward to celebrating the 5th anniversary of the San Luis Obispo Marathon and Half Marathon by running the full marathon for 2016!
Van McCarty: I'm a 45 year old triathlete/ultra runner from San Luis Obispo. I have the honor of winning the inaugural SLO Marathon in 2012! I split my racing between Ironmans, marathons, and trail ultras. Current Ironman PR of 9:22:59 (IM Arizona 2015) and marathon PR of 2:36:50 (2014 Santa Barbara Marathon). Married with two awesome kids (daughter 12, son 10). Looking forward to representing SLO and inspiring all comers to run the full or half marathon in 2016!
Laura Moir: Laura started running in 2009 and hasn't stopped since, completing nearly 90 races to date including two full marathons and over 30 half marathons. At first, running was just a way for Laura to get back into shape after having her second child, but it quickly became a lifelong commitment and Laura is always challenging herself to train smarter, push harder and run farther. This will be Laura's third time running SLO and her 36th half marathon. As a Bay Area native, she is very excited to complete 13 happy miles through the beautiful terrain of San Louis Obispo.
Lisa Nagy: Hello! My name is Lisa, but most of you know me as Runner In Training. I was lucky enough to be invited back to be a SLO Marathon Ambassador for my 3rd year in a row! This year marks the 5th year of this iconic race and I am so excited to be apart of this amazing year for the SLO Marathon. I had to take some time off of running last year to welcome my daughter into the world, but I am ready to hit the pavement once again. I look forward to hearing your comments, postings, and training runs as we prepare for the 2016 SLO Marathon!
Nadia Ruiz: Beginning at the age of 14, Nadia ran her first marathon side by side with her father. Since her first, it changed her and she fell in love with the sport of endurance running. Nadia has now completed and counting 123 marathons, 62 half marathons, 11 ultras, and 5 Ironman triathlons, frequently in the top of her age group or top overall women. With a Bachelor's of Science, Master's Degree, and Teachers Credential from UCLA, Nadia works as a high school Biology educator, coach, and marketing consultant for the past 11 years. She shares the passion of fitness, health, and education with her family and friends, and hopes to continue to encourage others to seek their goals and dreams.
Ashley Baumgartner: Ashley Baumgartner is our returning SLO Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k Ambassador Program Manager. Since moving away from San Luis Obispo after graduating from Cal Poly, Ashley still feels a bit of her heart is left in SLO. She is happy to continue to run the SLO Marathon Ambassador Program, share about her own running journey, and promote and read all the good things about the lovely Central Coast and its star race. While she's still fairly new to running, she's happy to tackled the SLO Half Marathon for the fourth time this year while working up to a full marathon someday. In her free time, you'll find her photographing people she loves and doing calligraphy.