Amy F. 

Spokane, WA

I started running in 2014. My SIL asked me to do a half marathon. I didn’t even know what a half marathon was but, I said YES. It was literally the worst experience of my life and I almost died. I woke up the next day very sore and I went to the gym. Something inside me clicked. I got the running bug. Spring of 2015 I was asked to be on a Spokane to Sandpoint team. I mean running 200.2 miles with strangers has to be fun right?? Well, it ended up being the most twilight zone fun I’ve ever had. The people on my S2S team have become a part of my family. They are the most supportive, motivational people I have ever met. BEADS4BEER !! Spokane to Sandpoint relay race changed my entire life. Run to live, Run for life!

Andy M.

Spokane Valley, WA

 I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 18 years.  We have two amazing boys that keep us extremely busy with soccer and gymnastics.  I’ve been running for 26 years and I love everything from 5K’s to full marathons.  My favorite distance is the half marathon, and of course, 200.2 miles (S2S!).  I’ve ran S2S for seven years now and I feel fortunate that I can share my love of running through the ambassador program.  Promoting and talking about CLR events is a fun and easy way to meet so many amazing people in our community.  There are so many great stories out there and it is very rewarding getting both friends and strangers together to run, laugh, encourage, and participate in these events!  The more, the merrier!  I can’t wait to see YOU out there.  Cheers!

Candace M.

Kennewick, WA

I started running in 2010 as a form of stress relief and now I run as a form of fun.  I have run several local fun runs and half marathons, completed 3 triathlons (Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron), and found a love for relays.  In 2016, I ran in 4 relays in the course of about 8 weeks, Spokane to Sandpoint, Ragnar Trails, Centennial Beer Chase, and Ragnar Hawaii.  Thankfully, my significant other is a runner too, which allows us to go on run-cations or other run adventures together.  Our daughter, Alexa, is 9.  She isn’t a runner yet but she definitely keeps us running with her active lifestyle and involvement with extracurricular activities.  She is always supportive of our running goals and is always there to help with any fundraising or volunteer efforts.  I am excited to be part of the Cascade Relays Ambassador team.

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Denise H.

Salem, OR

Denise is a runner (and triathlete) who is out for fun, fitness, and lifting others up in their goals. Relays are the perfect way to hit all three of those! You can find her in Salem most often, but as an avid traveler, she always has a pair of running shoes ready to go explore any new place. She particularly enjoys having Bend Beer Chase on her birthday weekend and brings a bunch of friends over to celebrate with running & a sleepover!

Emily S.

Lead Ambassador

Spokane, WA

I am 25 years old and live in Spokane while currently working on my MBA with an emphasis in Sports Business. I started running races during college and have been addicted ever since! I love the thrill and energy that surround races and have run every distance up to a full marathon, but I have yet to actually run a Cascade Lakes Relays! I have with the CLR team for Spokane to Sand Point and the Centennial Beer Chase and look forward to running in one of the CLR events in 2017! My favorite races are the Nike Women’s Marathon and Rock and Roll Las Vegas. I’m looking forward to the 2017 race season and can not wait to be apart of the Cascade Relays Ambassadors team!


Gretchen S.

Bend, OR

I am a middle-aged mother of two with a slight drinking, I mean relay problem. My passion for relays and running started back in 2013 during my first Cascade Lakes Relay. The smell of high desert air, overpowering stench of my teammates socks, sleep deprivation and the finish line high had me sold and wanting to sign up for more relays. I’ve ran Cascade Lakes Relay for the past 4yrs, captained the most amazing Bend Beer Chase team for 3yrs, ran Spokane to Sandpoint with total strangers and was able to take part in the inaugural Centennial Beer Chase with a team of fellow ambassadors . The memories of all these relay experiences can only be measured in high fives and butt slaps. I’ve been able to meet so many amazing people over the years and now have life long bonds that keep growing. If you see me on the trail or at a Pub Run come give me a high five and we can plan a relay adventure!


Jeremy H.

 Keizer, OR

I’ve run over 100 races after running his first CLR in 2009.

Fun fact about me: Most people start their running habits with a mile challenge or a local 5K… My 1st ever event was CLR 2009. Nothing says welcome to running like a 36 hour adventure.


Joe H.

Salem, OR

I work at Oregon State Penitentiary as a Release Counselor.  My wife and I have been married for 32 years and have raised three children.  In August this year,our first grand child (a girl) was born. I got serious about running when I was 40.  To date I’ve got 31 different relays and 15 marathons under my belt.  Besides running I play on what I call a “geezer league” soccer team.  I am also have become involved in the Relay for Life.


Katie R.

Bend, OR

I missed my subway stop in New York City and ended up in Bend.  Not sure how that happened!  I recently started a women’s social running group called the Bend Babes Brew & Running Crew and look forward to organizing THREE teams for Bend Beer Chase.


Keri J.

Beaverton, OR

My favorite walking events are 5k’s.  I set a goal to participate in 50 5k walks by the time I turn 50 in 2017.  I just finished #38 and have 12 months to go.  I’ve enjoyed representing CLR as a walker the past 2 years!  My favorite races are destination races.  It’s always fun to travel somewhere new and what better reason than a race?


Kristin C.

Lead Ambassador

 Hillsboro, OR

I LOVE everything Cascade Relays related.  Started running back in early 2011 to take back my life.  My two favorite races other than of course the Cascade Relays races are the Eugene Marathon (2012) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver BC (2014 & 2015).  Loved all the beautiful colors in Vancouver BC.  I’ve taken the last year off from running due to injuries but I’m hoping to rejoin the running sport come 2017.  I’ve missed the “runner high” so much and the stress release I used to get from running.

Fun fact about Kristin – I lost 100 pounds in just over 11 months.  I’ve been with the same employer for the last 19 years.  Wow where did the years go????


Lenora J.

Bend, OR

Have I mentioned how much LOVE CASCADES RELAYS?!!!  I began my ridiculous running addiction in February of 2010 and since my first CLR that year I’ve.been.hooked!  Countless 5k’s, some 10k’s, too many half marathons and 4 marathons later my most memorable running moments are ALWAYS those gained through my Cascade Relays experiences- the fun and the ridiculous!! Proud to say that I have been an ambassador 3 out of the last 4 years (jumping at the chance to be a first year Ambassador)and even though I’m a bit of a injured mess I’ll always be up for CHEERING when I’m not able to run (or I’ll be a captain on a team that will run 2 of my 3 legs- Hee Hee)!! Look at the other Bio’s here and it will be no wonder why these HAPPY whacks have become a large part of my running “Family”! Truly, Lenora/RUNora James

Lisa G.

Spokane, WA

Hi my name is Lisa and I am relatively new to the running world. I am from Spokane Wa born and raised, I love the area but love the adventure of new areas (city’s) too. I’ve been doing 5k’s for a few years and Bloomsday for several years. I will be the first to say I am a Wogger…Walker/Jogger. I have to say since I started running I have met so so many kind people and been welcomed into a community of runners.


Lori M.

Spokane Valley, WA

I am a 38-year-old mother of three, Morgan 14, Maya 11 and Braden 9.  I have been married to my husband Bryan for 16 years. I teach pre-school at my church and have an amazing family that supports me in my love for running. I grew up running from a young age and fell in love with the sport. I competed through high school, however gave it a rest when I started college.  Once parenthood hit, I needed an outlet during my day and found running again.  Since then I haven’t stopped, doing every distance up to a full marathon and also competing in a few relays and triathlons.   My favorite race all year is the Spokane to Sandpoint relay!  I have finished all 9 and intend to do every single one!  My biggest joy in life is watching my kids compete in the sport that I love, my entire family will run races with me and 2 of my kids compete on their school cross country teams.  I am training future cascade lakes relay members!


Luke W.

Prineville, OR

Running saved my life. And joining the Cascade relay Ambassador family has open up a whole new world of fun and running.  I am 47. I was born in KY and I live in Prineville.


Melissa G.

Portland, OR

I am a proud native Oregonian and mother runner who loves relays for the team aspect and van shenanigans. Running for me is a stress-reliever, social outlet and means to combat my family history of heart disease and stroke. Also, I love cheese, bread, chocolate, beer and wine, so running sorta attempts to counter-balance my favorite (and frequent) indulgences. When I am not running, I enjoy live music, being outdoors, all types of sports and volunteering in the community.

Fun fact: I do not use a running watch (No GPS/tracking mileage/pace monitor for this gal)


Melissa D.

Lead Ambassador

Bend, OR

I love running!! I love the joy it brings me. I enjoy sharing my running with others and encouraging them to challenging themselves to get out try it! I have been running fora long time but, just in the last 9 years I have really challenged myself with all the half marathons and 3 marathons that I have completed.  I got the pleasure of joining an amazing  CLR team “Running On Empty” in 2013 and I have been hooked ever since!! 2017 will mark my 5th year with them!  I am thrilled to be apart of the Cascade Relay Ambassador Team and I can’t wait to share my passion and excitement for CLR!!  I’m EXCITED for the new adventure it will bring!


Michelle F.

Portland, OR

I started walking in 2011 and have been going strong ever since. I am now a run/walker and help my local running store as a pace mentor for their training group.  I initially signed up in 2012 to be held accountable and am going on 3 or 4  years as a pace mentor. I joined a team for CLR Last summer at the last minute and had an AMAZING experience.  My team was so supportive and my van mates were FABULOUS.  I am married and have one college aged son.

Missy E.

Kennewick, WA

My name is Missy. I never thought I’d be a runner but like most of you I found it to be perfect for fun, fitness, and friendship at just the right time in my life.
I am a union pipe welder with a daughter that is finishing high school. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to run. Other times, I’m laid off and have plenty of time to train.
I was a here-and-there treadmill runner until my friend, Amy Fleck, asked me to join her S2S team. I thought she was crazy and turned her down. She persisted and I joined with less than a month to train. However, I was able to run and not embarrass myself. It was an epic adventure and now I’m hooked!
Running is great for my mind, spirit, and body. But, relays are all that AND a party!


Miranda F.

Corvallis, OR

I’ve been a CLR team captain for three years, and a participant for many more.  I’ve had the opportunity to work on the Crackerjack medical team, and have done a few other things to see the other side of the Cascade Relays events and what it takes to make it all come together for the participants.  Joining the Ambassadors has introduced me to the most fantastic family of friends that anyone could ask for!  When I’m not running a relay, I’m probably either training for one, or talking someone’s ear off about one.  I love trail racing and finding small new events – lucky for me, there’s a lot of those around Corvallis where I live.  I have raced every distance from 100 meters to marathons, but my favorite race will always be 216 miles!


Nicole R.

Bend, OR

My name is Nicole and i am so excited to be a part of the Ambassador program! I started running at the age of 5 and i have run everything from a one miler to 50k! This is going to be my 7th Cascade lakes relay and i am honored to be a part of it again!!  I look forward to cheering everyone on and encouraging my fellow runners…oh and drink beer after 🙂


Peter S.

Bend, OR

On a whim I joined my first Cascade Relays team off the “free agent” list and have been hooked ever since. I ran CLR 2014-2016 and Bend Beer Chase 2014-2016. Every relay has been special and I have met some great friends along the way. I was lucky enough to join the ambassador team at the Wild Rogue Relay this year and realized just how awesome this group is. Participating in relays has completely reinvigorated my running.  I’m a “middle of the packer” because that’s where all the amazing people are!. As a physical therapist who treats a lot of runners, I know how important it is to get and stay healthy so you can enjoy your passion for years to come. If you have a nagging injury or are wondering how to train up for a relay, contact me!


Rachel L.

Coeur d’Alene, ID

My name is Rachel and I’m 25 year olds. I grew up in Boise but now call Coeur d’Alene home. The hobby of running starting with sprints when I was younger but I turned into the “crazy one” and became a distance runner while running races in college. I spend my days organizing youth sports and community events but on my days off you’ll find me snowboarding or hiking in the mountains. I’ve run Spokane to Sandpoint the last two years and don’t plan on quitting anytime soon! I’m looking forward to joining the CLR family and being an ambassador this year!  

Raven P.

Spokane, WA

I used to weight about 100 lbs heavier and was completely inactive. My life changed in 2010 when I started on a whole new journey of health and happiness. To drop weight I used a lot of walking, and that walking led to me doing a bunch of 5k’s – no big deal. After losing a lot of weight a friend of mine thought I was ready for half marathons. I protested and protested and she insisted and insisted. I made excuse after excuse, and then one day I opened my email and there was my registration for the Windermere half marathon. She secretly signed me up. That was 2013. Since then I have done 3 triathlons, the S2S 4 times (first year I was on the first place walking team),the Riverside 24 hour twice, and 15 half marathons….5 of those taking place in 2015,  5 weeks in a row…called my 5 in 5.

Fun Fact: I am overweight….a plus sized “runner” but I don’t mind. In fact, I am the overweight girl that a stranger gives weird looks to because I don’t look right for the workout, or to be running on the road, then they have to give a high five to because I totally gave it 110%, didn’t back down, didn’t back off, didn’t give up, and worked my butt off to keep up. I love to prove them wrong! Tell me I can’t, and I’ll do it anyway!!

Steve P.

Federal Way, WA

Steve Payne is an avid runner, stairclimber, hiker and Alpine lake swimmer, and has run the Cascade Lakes Relay twice as a co-captain. Steve is thrilled to be a CLR Ambassador, and will man tables at several events in the Puget Sound area.

Fun fact about Steve: “My biggest claim to fame was at the 1998 PGA Championship, when Tiger Woods walked by three feet in front of me! #dork”

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Suzy J.

Sandpoint, ID

I was born and raised in N. Idaho. I love everything to do with the outdoors! My biggest passions are my family, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, swimming and of course Running! My husband and I have been married 25 years and we have two wonderful children. Our daughter, Taylor, is a freshman in high school and busy with honor classes, student council, basketball and Taekwondo. Our son, Tristan, is in 5th grade and also an honor student. He too is a busy young man with soccer, football and Taekwondo. They are both Jr. Black belts and are in training three days a week. My husband, Jeremy, is in construction and is very supportive of my running addiction. He has always been a runner but only started racing to encourage me. I, on the other hand, am new to running. Honestly, running was one of my least favorite things to do before I got hooked on racing. I only started running to loose weight and ran my first 5k and it grew from there. I am very competitive and racing fuels my soul. I have only been running for nearly six years, but hope to run the rest of my life! I have competed in all distances up to and including marathons. I look forward to further distances and bigger challenges. I would LOVE to BQ!!! Who wouldn’t?!? My professional background is in sales and marketing and I own my own jewelry business. I am very proud to be an ambassador for Cascade Lake Relays and have participated in four relays and have captained three of the teams. The relays are a lot fun for me because I get to share my love for running and racing with other people who love it as much as I do. I am happy to share my passion of running with anyone who will listen.

Tina S.

Keizer, OR

My name is Tina and I am very excited to have been selected as one of the Cascade Relays Ambassadors. Since running my first Cascade Lakes Relay, I knew it was organized by a wonderful group of people and a relay I wanted to do every year. When I’m not running relays or other fun races, I am outdoorsy and enjoy gardening, fishing, biking, hiking, and anything else I can do outside. I am known by my relay and running friends as the crafty one. I am always trying to come up with tutus and other creative accessories for my team to wear. I have been known to craft up until the morning of the race. In addition to my activities, I am the mom to 3, 4 legged kids. Kona my 3 year old Belgian Malinois/German Shephard dog, and Cole and Sadie my two cats. Kona loves running with me and is sad when I leave her behind. I look forward to what this year as a Cascade Relays Ambassador has in store for me. I am already planning ahead on what fun sock, tutus, and other accessories I can create as I represent!