Gametiime Sponsors Ragnar Relay SoCal Team, afterNUUN run

This Friday kicks off the start of Ragnar Relay SoCal 2014, a relay race with teams embarking on a near 200-mile journey from Huntington Beach to San Diego while under the California sun and starry night sky!

This year, Gametiime has sponsored afterNUUN run, a team led by Chris Malenab and joined by a team of 11 other avid runners. We thought it would be fun to highlight the members of this team running this weekend. Enjoy reading!


Christopher Malenab (Team Captain)

How did you get into running in the first place?
Running as a sport happened for me when I decided to try to run my first marathon in 2004. At first, it was supposed to be a bucket list item, but now it is something I do as more than just a hobby. It is something I love to do now.

What is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
My all-time favorite running memory has two specific moments … the first is running in the 2013 Santa Barbara Marathon where I had hopes of running a sub 3:05. At mile 18, I started to struggle hard and I knew that my 3:05 would not be in the cards for me that day. When I approached the mile 26 marker, I saw my wife carrying my son, I grabbed him from her, gave her a kiss and held his hand as we walked the final .2 miles to cross the finish line together.

My other moment came one month after the event mentioned above at the 2013 California International Marathon where I earned my first ever Boston Qualifying time and ran a personal best.

IMG_1978What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
I look forward to running with some awesome people at Ragnar. In 2013 I ran my first ever relay at Hood to Coast with a group of people I had never known except for 1 runner out of the other 11 on the team. Running with friends for 26 hours in 2 vans … what else could be more enjoyable?

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime running community?
With everything that is said and done about earning bling or running fast, at the end of the day, we need to remember it is just running! It isn’t a life or death event, the only pressure we ever face in running is placed there by ourselves as individual runners. It is important to be able to enjoy each and every run and moment we have to run. Every step, mile, run, and race is a unique moment, make sure to enjoy those moments.

Twitter: @chrismalenab
Facebook: facebook.com/marathonliving
Blog: www.marathonliving.com


Bruce Ahlf

How did you get into running in the first place?
My wife got me into running 3.5 years ago; she wanted to do a 5K so I decided to run it with her. I wasn’t very fast or in shape when I did it, but I am now hooked and have run almost 80 races to date including 7 full marathons and 13 half marathons. This well be my 3rd Ragnar. I have also done a Warrior Dash.

8630433436_c709fbe94e_zWhat is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
My favorite running memory was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge when I ran the San Francisco Marathon the last 2 years.

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
I will like and enjoy the company of my running teammates, and the nice sunny skies and beautiful ocean breeze when I run it.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime running community?
I am 60 years old and run an average 1,500 miles a year. I also compete in duathlons now. Also, “Start Strong, Finish Strong.”

Twitter: @tucsonstrider


Paulette Ference

How did you get into running in the first place?
I’d tried running a couple of times but did not stuck with it, and my husband has run since he was in middle school. When I began running with him to train for a Mt. Hood climb in 2009, something finally clicked. I realized I liked the challenge of running, trained for my first 10K and then half marathon (SF 1st half in 2009), and I’ve been loving it ever since.

rnrStLhalfWhat is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
My favorite race memory to date is the Californa International Marathon finish line in 2012. It was a crazy race, super windy and rainy, with flooded streets. I ran well and even enjoyed the puddles. Then, I met my big time goal and finished feeling strong. It is the best I’ve felt finishing a marathon so far.

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend? I’m excited to get to know everyone on the team even better and to spend time with those that I already do know. Ragnar is a great team bonding experience, and it’s all about the people for me!

Twitter: @paulettezf
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustKeepRunningBlog/
Blog: http://www.justkeeprunningblog.com/


Erin Mink Garvey

How did you get into running in the first place?
My first memories from running involve being chased by boys on my elementary school playground… and promptly chasing them back. Tag was always my favorite game in the schoolyard. Fast-forward to middle and high school, I was a track runner (just sprints and their corresponding relays), but anything over 400m was too long. :) I resumed running in 2007, after my college graduation. I decided I wanted to train and fundraise for my first marathon as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Chicago chapter in honor of a friend’s mother who had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and in honor of my own mother who had had breast cancer when I was in college. More than twenty marathons later… Here I am today.

What is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
Impossible question! For as mundane as putting one foot in front of the other, repeatedly, thousands upon thousands of times, can be, it is also extraordinary and downright life-changing. I’ve met some of my best friends through running and have had incredible experiences with them along the way, through training together (sometimes across time zones), to meeting up for races, to seeing and helping each other realize our goals and PRs, and getting through all the highs and lows that are part of the process. Every day I get to run and race and make some memories in the process is my favorite. …and I can’t tell you how proud I am when my almost-3 year-old daughter runs around our home while proclaiming, “I’m running like Mommy!!!!”

photo 2What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
Everything. Having just moved to this side of the country, I knew exactly 3 people in Northern California, so it was somewhat serendipitous that I applied and was selected to be an ambassador for TSFM… and then was invited to be on the TSFM’s Ragnar team. Relays can be unpredictable; I’m totally stoked for it and am looking forward to running in another new-to-me locale with some awesome runners — many of whom I haven’t yet met.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime running community?
Gametiime has been an incredible resource for me, both before I moved from Chicago and since getting here. Someone recommended it to me before I moved, and I can’t tell you how much time I’ve dropped on the site researching races and figuring out my race calendar for 2014. The community is super supportive and I love having just this enormous wealth of racing knowledge at my disposal.

Twitter: @erinamg
Blog: http://www.runningruminations.com/


Meg Gudgeirsson

How did you get into running in the first place?
I started running in 2006. I had been a dancer all through college but after multiple injuries I stopped when I graduated. Three years later, I was living a fairly sedentary lifestyle and wanted to get more active. My then boyfriend (now husband) got me into running. I started out small (less than a mile a day) and took 2 years before I ran my first race. I have since participated in over 70 races (5K to marathon).

734964-1014-0034sWhat is your all-time favorite running or race memory? Hard question! When I PRed at the half marathon in 2012 is a great memory. My husband was at the finish line and it was great seeing him, knowing that I was going to make my goal. Running Wharf to Wharf in 2013 was also a great one. It was a hard race but I ran with my team (Santa Cruz Endurance) and we were all able to celebrate together. Finally, running the first half of the SF Marathon last year was so great because I got to experience the whole weekend with one of my best friends. Clearly, the social element is a big part of the sport for me!

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
I have never done a relay like this, so I’m excited for the next experience. But I am really excited to spend time with fellow TSFM ambassadors and team members. I have run with most of the team, but there are some team members that I will be meeting for the first time. We are a fun group and I know we will just have a blast supporting each other.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime running community?
I have to give a shout out to our fearless team leader Christopher Malenab. We would not being running Ragnar SoCal had he not contacted us all and supported us. I also am grateful for Gametiime’s support. I love the site and am excited to be a part of a team connected with this organization.

Twitter: @megatha
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laughresearchwriterun/
Blog: http://laughresearchwriterun.com/


Alisyn Gularte

How did you get into running in the first place?
During the height of the recession, I was laid off from “Corporate America”. With all my free time, I started going to the gym. I met a gym buddy who asked if I wanted to go running with her and some of her girlfriends. I snubbed her request as I hated running. Lucky for me, boredom overpowered that hatred and I ended up joining the gals for a six mile run! I couldn’t believe how many miles I ran that day and I haven’t stopped since! I ended up losing 45 pounds and discovered a true love in running!

alisyn 2What is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
There are so many, it is hard to chose just one. Running for me is a very social activity. I love running with friends or in a pack. Some of my fondest memories include running with fellow San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors while racing the half. Matching tutus and all!

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
I am absolutely thrilled to be apart of such an amazing team! I think what I am most looking forward to about the Ragnar SoCal weekend is getting to know my fellow teammates better and laughing the miles away!

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime running community?
I love connecting with the running community! Check out my blog at Runinsyn.com or follow me on Twitter at @alisyng.

Twitter: @alisyng
Blog: http://www.runinsyn.com/


Miriam Kaufman

How did you get into running in the first place?
I reluctantly ran cross country in high school because my parents told me I had to participate in a sport, but they didn’t care which one. I complained a lot and, once I developed shin splints, I had an excuse to quit. I ran infrequently in my early 20s but five years ago, when I wasn’t in great shape and not in a very happy place in my life, I decided to tackle a marathon. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but each of my family members had run a marathon, so how hard could it be? Of course, it was harder than I ever expected, but luckily I joined Team in Training and met some wonderful people, without whom I would never have made it to race day. By then, running had allowed me to thrive – I was happier, more confident, and had an invaluable new network of friends. I haven’t looked back since.

IMG_1622What is your all-time favorite running or race memory? Experiencing my first runner’s high while crossing the St. John’s Bridge in the Portland Marathon, my first marathon. My whole body ached, but I was on top of the world with pride. When I run, I feel so lucky and thankful for the life I have. Running brought me that appreciation.

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
I’ve only briefly met a couple of my teammates, so I’m looking forward to getting to know them better while spreading the San Francisco Marathon cheer. I’m also looking forward to running in Southern California, something I’ve only done once.

Twitter: @arielmk
Blog: http://longrunhappiness.blogspot.com


Wes Lashley

1920538_10101255125485325_531554993_nHow did you get into running in the first place?
A friend told me he was going to run a marathon. I thought maybe I could run a marathon too. I didn’t know anything about how much time or effort went into training for one. I’ve learned so much and haven’t stopped running since!

What is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
My favorite race memory is my second half marathon in Portland. I was really feeling the race. There was great course support and signs along the course. I felt great when I finished, even PR’d!

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
I’m excited to run, bond, and be in a stinky van with a great group of
runners! Oh, and I’m looking forward to raising a beer with them after
the race. :)

Twitter: @runwithwes
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/runwithwes
Blog: http://www.runwithwes.com


 

Kristina Lopez

ncwLv18QHow did you get into running in the first place? I’d always done the occasional 5K or 10K. About a year after my second child was born I realized I wasn’t in shape, had little motivation to go to a gym, but knew I wanted to exercise for health and also to do something for myself. My husband has always been a runner so I registered for a half marathon and waited to see what happened. I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll LA Half Marathon in 2012, my first half, and was addicted. I’ve since run over 20 half marathons, plus 3 full marathons, since then. I love it for health, for my sanity (I am after all a mother of two young children) and to do something for myself.

What is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
LA Marathon 2014. I have to be honest, the race was miserable not for anything the organizers did wrong, but because it was a blistering (literally) 84 degrees and bright and sunny by mile 16 or so. But, my friend Naomi who I met at the LA Rock ‘n’ Roll 2013 met up with me at mile 15 and ran with me to the finish area — just coaching me all along, through the heat, hunger, dehydration and overall misery, and got me to PR. Along the way she gave me a very special bracelet and also a Tarahumara bandana that she actually got for me at the Caballo Blanco ultra marathon that she ran three weeks prior. The bandana kept me cool when she wrapped ice in it and put it around my neck. Having read Born to Run, I appreciate the value of having a Tarahumara bandana and more importantly, that I have such a coach and friend in Naomi.

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
Meeting my teammates, and just the excitement of running with such a fun group of high caliber runners. I never claim to be fast, I only claim to love the sport. I was invited to the this team as a fellow San Francisco Marathon Ambassador. I know the individuals through Facebook and various meet ups, but I will get to know them so much better through this event.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime running community?
A message to moms, including working moms. I know you’re busy. I know there’s only so many hours in the day and how do you find any for yourself. But you can, even if it means waking up at dark-thirty a.m. (which is actually a GREAT time of day). Find some time for yourself and if you can, run. If you can’t do that, walk. Register for a 5K, a 10K, a half… just commit and do it. And there will be no better feeling than crossing that finish line. You’ll be so glad you did and I promise you it will change your life forever.

Twitter: @kpez019


Matt McKurtis

Matt 2How did you get into running in the first place?
Running has always been a part of my life. Growing up in the country, my legs were a form of transportation. I ran track in high school and continued to run after that for the fitness required in my job of fire fighting. Since my first 50 miler in 2011, I have become more serious and competitive in the sport.

What is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
My recent completion of running the Zion Traverse. 48 miles of wonder, beauty, and savagery. A group of buddies got together for this adventure in the backcountry wilderness. Hampered by cold weather, muddy trails, and a wrong turn, we persevered through this unsupported run.

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
Making our teamwork come together in a tight time frame with people I have never met before. I really like the grit it can take to make teamwork and partnerships be successful when people are fatigued and not their normal selves. Being awake all night puts people in a mood, good or bad. You can make a special bond with folks when you push through tough times.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime running community?
I’m always impressed with the running community. It’s like being in a worldwide club where everyone shares a common bond. You can be anywhere, meet someone who runs, and instantly you have an easy conversation topic!

Currently, I am training for the Western States 100 miler that happens at the end of June! You can connect with me on Twitter at @ultramilesmatt.


Keith Schlottman

How did you get into running in the first place? I ran all over the place as a kid, but didn’t really become a “runner” until I was in my 20’s. I entered a few local races with friends, and began to notice that running helped me feel good and improve my overall fitness.

KeithSchlottmanMercedesMarathonWhat is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
There are so many, it’s difficult to choose just one. Running the Boston Marathon, my first marathon “double”, The San Francisco Marathon, pacing a friend in a race, and my first sub-3 marathon all stand out.

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend? The Team experience of Ragnar SoCal will be amazing. Actually, the Team has been active for several months already through social media, and I am really looking forward to actually spending time with each of them up close, smelly, and personal!

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime running community? I’d just encourage anyone to always keep it fun. Challenge yourself with difficult events and tough goals, but always make sure you are enjoying the journey and our wonderful sport of running.

Twitter: @keithschlottman
Blog: http://runkeith.blogspot.com/


Jordan Wight

How did you get into running in the first place?
I started racing when I was 8 years old. My dad, an athletic enthusiast, former collegiate athlete, and seeker of life passions, thrust me into the world of running with a stark-white pair of tennis shoes and an emphatic anticipation for what I might be able to accomplish. He was there — mile marker after mile marker of the 5k races — with that voice dads have that, even when spoken in a commotion of cheering bystanders, can be heard as if uttered in a silent room. From there it was high school cross country, track & field, collegiate intramurals, half marathons, and of course, the jump to full marathons in more recent years.

Race PhotoWhat is your all-time favorite running or race memory?
There are so many! One of the stories I like to tell is from the league meet during my senior year of cross country in high school. My school did not field a very big team, and we were generally outnumbered in net team rosters by entire magnitudes. But my senior year we had been fighting – a five-person varsity squad – for a top qualifying spot in North Coast Section. The goal: to win our league. So picture my horror, as the captain of our squad, when I woke up the day of the race with a fever. I thought I could shake it off. I dragged myself through the school day, dressed out for the meet, and didn’t tell anyone my now sealed fate at utterly failing to perform. I’m sluggish in warm ups. It’s unnecessarily dramatic.

The gun goes off and we all funnel into a right angle turn – my heels get kicked out from under me and I roll down the gravel. The race is recalled! I stand up, bleeding down into my socks from the gravel laden road rash across my knees and shoulder. Adrenaline pumping, I proclaim that this is a good luck charm to my teammates. “Let’s do this!” they chant. Grimace on my face, the second and final gun goes off and it’s 3.1 miles of a daydream. I can’t say I remember much from the race, but once we crested the first major climb of the course, the stage was set – it was the front pack feeding off of each other in the heat of the Indian Summer sun. We hunkered down, folding in our strides.

Suddenly, the race was spread out. I had no idea how many people were in front or behind me as we zigzagged through narrow wooded paths. The finish line was only 400 meters away and I could feel my body shutting down. Crossing the finish line I was told I had taken 5th in the race overall – my highest ranking in a race ever. I had run a personal best. My coach saw a feverish chill run over my body and set to taking my temperature – a cool 102 degrees landed me on a trip to urgent care with bloody knees and a race I can’t really remember but will never forget.

What do you look forward to most about this year’s Ragnar SoCal Weekend?
This will be my first Ragnar race ever, so I’m looking forward to everything from the endurance test of jumping into vans at 2 in the morning, running the beautiful California coast, sleeping on the go, and completing 200 grueling, wonderful, sweaty, and adventurous miles with some incredible athletes. I have a great feeling about this team!

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime running community?
For updates on my training and running (mis)adventures, visit my blog at http://thesecretlifeofrunning.blogspot.com/.

Twitter: @jordanpwight


Best of luck to “afterNUUN run” from us here at Gametiime! We’ll be cheering you on and can’t wait to see all of the pictures from the weekend!

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