Photograph provided by Matt Clark - Stirl and Rae Photo
25 years ago I toed the line in my first race. I haven't stopped running since.
Runner, Triathlete, Coach and Race Director
I was raised as a multi-sport athlete who participated in soccer, field hockey, skiing, waterskiing, running, hiking - and almost anything else I could do! But running was my true love, and by 12 years old I decided it would be the sport that would take me to the Olympics. After a successful high school career, I attended Stanford University where I was the 800 and 1500m record holders before new young speedsters came along. Upon graduating, I decided to put all my efforts into qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. My dreams came true on July 1st, 2004 when I won the Canadian Track and Field Championships in 4:04 and was selected to the Olympic Team.
It was a dream come true.
After a rewarding career, I retired from professional running in 2012, but I still loved to train and race. I picked up the sport of triathlon inadvertently - I just wanted to get fit and strong again as part of my postpartum recovery. It didn't take long before I converted to long distance triathlon. After my first Ironman 70.3 race at Victoria in 2015, I applied for my professional racing license and have been racing the long course triathlon circuit for the past two years. So far, the highlight of my triathlon career was a sub 9 hour debut Ironman race in Arizona in 2016 and I am excited to see what more can come from my racing career.
Return to Running.
After my second baby boy was born, I was ready to try a new challenge - marathon racing. With an abbreviated training period, I laced up my racing flats in Jan 2019 and, 6 months postpartum, was thrilled with the race result. A 2:32 marathon left me hungry for more, and brought an old flame back into my life: the pursuit of the 2020 Olympic Games. I realize I have a narrow window left to do some amazing things as an athlete in the sport as I will be 40 years old next year and my clock is ticking!
More dreams yet to come true.
Part of my own athletic journey includes helping other people achieve their own goals; both as a coach and as event manager (races and camps). It takes a village to raise an athlete...sometimes I am the athlete, and sometimes I am in the village supporting the athlete. I am greatly rewarded by helping people along their personal journeys as a coach, mentor, friend...please contact me directly if you want to start a conversation or journey.
6 x Canadian Champion - track & field
Former Stanford University record holder
6 x All American
Bronze medalist: World Cross Country (team), Pan American Games & World University Games.
Personal bests of 2:02 (800m), 4:02 (1500m), 8:51 (3000m), 15:12 (5000m), 33:00 (road 10 km), 1:12 (half marathon) and 2:32 (marathon)
Sub 9 hour Ironman in debut
8 podium finishes at Ironman Races in 2015-2016
Frequently "fastest" run split