|Dee Maki, Store Manager
Hometown: Long Lake, MN
Running Experience and Accomplishments: Coming from a career in the horse world, Dee just recently started racing. She has competed in many different distances from 10K to 50K. Her current goal is to see if she can run an ultra without throwing up.
Favorite....post-race moment: "Having Dave Miller and Dustin Whitlow walking me back to the car like I was their 80 year old grandma after Philly marathon. Such nice boys."
Hometown: Medford, NJ
Running Experience and Accomplishments: Kristen has been an avid swimmer her whole life and didn't get into running until about age 30. Running is very therapeutic for her and she loves the simplicity of going outside, enjoying nature, and the rhythmic repetitive motion of putting one foot in front of the other. Kristen enjoys participating in 5k's and 10k's with her husband and friends throughout the year. As a yoga instructor, she emphasizes the importance of runners balancing their bodies with stretching.
Favorite....race: "The Women's Distance Festival put on by the Reston Runners. This women only 5k held in June is always so well organized and fun; a great first race for those new to running."
Hometown: Herndon, VA
Running Experience and Accomplishments: Kylene played soccer all through high school, then played soccer and swam in college. At the time, running was limited to conditioning for soccer. But, once collegiate sports were over, Kylene found herself running more! Kylene finished my first trail half marathon in June and continues to race at the 5K-10 mile distance. Currently Kylene is training for another half marathon and contemplating whether to give in to the peer pressure of fellow co-workers and attempt a marathon!
Favorite....Time to run: "5:30 AM with my mom!"
Hometown: Reston, VA
Running Experience and Accomplishments: Fred didn't start running until he was in his forties. He ran his first marathon at 54. He has since run eight marathons, twelve half marathons and over 20 ten milers. He is a member of the Marine Corps Marathon Runners Club and is an Army Ten Miler qualified early registrant. Fred hopes to be an example to older runners that the sport is not "just for kids." He jokes that he likes being an older runner because "there are fewer competitors to beat in order to place."
Favorite....Race: The Guardsmen P10 - a ten mile race across the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco and back. "You have to battle the strong wind going one way, but it's a real friend going the other way. And it's sightseeing like you never imagined!"
Hometown: Herndon, VA
Running Experience and Accomplishments: Michael is a stay at home father of 3 with a healthy obsession for running. Having completed a number of marathons and a 50k, he now has his sights set on even bigger challenges.
Favorite....Quote: "Run when you can! Walk if you have too! Crawl if you must! Just Never give up!"
Hometown: Sterling, VA
Running Experience and Accomplishments: Shannon began running in her late 20’s so she could complete the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure in honor of a close family friend. In 2008, during a Ladies Night at the Reston Store, Shannon signed up for 201 and kicked her running up to the next level. Since then Shannon has completed every race distance from the 5k to the marathon with the half marathon being her favorite distance.
Favorite....Race: Disney’s Princess Half Marathon
Hometown: Lovettsville, VA
Running Experience and Accomplishments: Susanne didn't start running until about 5 years ago when she decided to quit smoking and start living a healthier lifestyle for herself and her kids. She thought running would be the perfect activity to prevent her from falling back into bad habits and she was right. She absolutely hated running until she realized that she loved it. Once she ran in her first race and soaked in the atmosphere, the like-minded people and the awesome feeling of accomplishment that came from crossing the finish line, she was completely hooked. It has helped transform her life in so many different ways and is something that she is always happy to share with anyone that will listen or that wants to run along side her!
Favorite....Race: The Army Ten Miler..."Awesome race, awesome people, awesome atmosphere. I love everything about it!"