Race Ambassadors

The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon Race Ambassador Committee is built of  runners and walkers who are part of an amazing team that is proactive in pushing a healthy lifestyle message to all local and regional groups and organizations. These Ambassadors will help KDF keep our runners and walkers informed, inspired and motivated during the months leading up to the race.

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

Being an inaugural Race Ambassador for KDF is such an honor. Any chance I can get to share my journey with running and fitness I will! I want people to know that you can start at any age at any fitness level.  It’s not about being fast or slow, it’s about participation and bettering yourself.  I hold a special place in my heart for this race because I ran my first Marathon at the KDF in 2012.  As an Ambassador I hope to bring lots of new faces with me to the start line on race day!

02. What type of race participant are you?

Runner! Will be doing the Half Marathon – gunning for a Sub 2 finish.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

I would love for my son Aiden (who is 4) to hand me my finisher’s medal after the race.  He’s the reason I started running in the first place and I can see how my involvement in running has had an effect on him this early in his life.  He loves wearing my medals and running around the house with all my gear on. One day I hope to return the favor and hand him his medal as he crosses the finish line for his first half or full.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

23 – Mike Will Made It
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Work Hard Play Hard – Wiz Khalifa

 

Contact
Email - sarah@getmovingky.com
Website - www.getmovingky.com

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

Being and avid runner and a proud Louisvillian, being an Ambassador for Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon, which is my favorite race of the year, is a very exciting opportunity. Having previously volunteered at the expo and pasta dinner in 2012 wearing an “Ask Me Questions” shirt, helping race participants  learn more about the race, and sharing my love of the KDF Marathon and miniMarthon and the other Kentucky Derby Festival events and our great city, being an Ambassador will be a great opportunity to participate further. Helping to promote the race with the goal of increasing the number of participants and spectators and wellness in our community is something I am very excited to do. The 1997 KDF miniMarathon was my first half marathon and introduction to my love of distance running and endurance events which has changed my life in many ways, from my overall health to life-long values and friendships that I have made through running. Having the opportunity to be an Ambassador for this same race is a great way for me to give me back and hopefully introduce others to this same great race and sport of distance running.

02. What type of race participant are you?

I am a fairly competitive half and full marathon runner. I have done 5 KDF miniMarathons and 2 KDF Full Marathons. I’ve done 7 full marathons including The Boston Marathon in 2013, The Chicago Marathon in 2010 and 2013, Otter Creek Trail Marathon and a few other regional marathons. I try to improve my race times and position in my age group each year. I train with a competitive and fast group, the Audubon Running Club (ARC). ARC is a group of competitive runners that really help me train hard, but have a really fun time doing so. This year I am running the miniMarthon and am working towards a PR in that distance on this fast course. I love the camaraderie and excitement of racing and compete in distance races, triathlons and recently started swimming in masters swim events.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

Wesley Korir is who I would like to present my finisher medal if I could choose anyone to do so. Wesley Korir is the best distance runner the University of Louisville has ever graduated, with his 2012 Boston Marathon win, which is arguably the most competitive marathon in the world. Wesley dominated road racing in the Louisville area and then moved on to winning races all over the country. Not only is such a great distance runner, he is also a very charitable person and is a Kenyan elected Member of Parliament for Cherangany Constituency. He is a very humble and gracious person and I am proud that he ran for the University of Louisville. I would be honored to have him present my finisher medal.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

Cold Play – Hurts Like Heaven
Matt and Kim – Good for Great
The National – Sea of Love

 

Contact
Email - jasoncebe@gmail.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jason.cebe

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

To me, being a race ambassador means being able to promote a healthy lifestyle as a small part in Louisville’s greatest tradition – the Derby Festival! I’ve found training for a race to be the best way to stay consistent and find purpose in my workouts. I once thought a 5K was out of my reach, now I’m running my third half marathon! I want people to know that YOU CAN FINISH a half marathon and actually have fun doing it!

02. What type of race participant are you?

Half marathon. I’m still somewhat of a run/walker so my goal is to finish under 2.5 hours!

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

Kathrine Switzer, she was the first female to officially enter and finish the Boston Marathon

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

Bangarang, Skrillex
Wake Me Up, Avicii
On Top of the World, Imagine Dragons

 

Contact
Email - khenry@ymcalouisville.org

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

Being a Race Ambassador means I get to do one of my favorite things, share my excitement and passion for running and racing with everyone I know! I am so grateful for this opportunity and so excited I get to participate in this program in my hometown even though I am no longer living there! I can’t wait to share all the news and updates about this race! Stay tuned because it is going to be exciting!!

02. What type of race participant are you?

When it comes to most races I am the competitive runner type. I placed in my second 5K and was hooked from there. However, when it comes to the half marathons I am more of the ‘I am going to finish’ type and definitely have to take walk breaks.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

I would love for my biggest fan to give me my finisher’s medal, and that would be my 3 year old daughter. It means so much to me to see her at the finish line waving and cheering me on. I love that she gets to see me accomplish my goals and the example it sets for her that she can do anything.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

I have a wide variety of songs on my playlist that range from pop, Christian, musicals, and a few other genres thrown in there. I need upbeat music to really get me going.

My top three would probably be..

1.) Red- Taylor Swift (along with several other Taylor Swift songs)

2.) O Praise Him- David Crowder Band

3.) Firework- Katy Perry

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

What type of race participant are you?

Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

For me, being a race ambassador means making sure locals know that they have an event that, with a little work on their part, will take them through some of the most iconic and historic parts of the city.  It really is a great way to experience the city.

02. What type of race participant are you?

I am signing up for the marathon, my first ever.  Wish me luck!

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

I would love to receive my finisher’s medal from Ron Burgundy.  He’s kind of a big deal.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

My top 3 songs are “Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend, “East Bound and Down” by Jerry Reed, and “Times Like These” by Foo Fighters (either the studio version or the live acoustic version).

 

Contact
Email - chris.powell@att.net

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

It means I will have an opportunity to help people in the city find the fun in running. It connects me to our community  a chance to talk with others about enjoying an active lifestyle.

02. What type of race participant are you?

I have run two full marathons and seven mini marathons over the past six years. Some years I run with friends to help them set a personal best, pother years I run to break my personal best. Running is a great way to stay in shape and spend time with friends. That’s why I run.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

The one person who means more to me that anyone on earth, my wife. I love her and I can’t wait to meet our new son in February.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

Kanye West – Power
Jackson Brown – Running on Empty
Imagine Dragons – Its Time

 

Contact
Email - willfischer1214@gmail.com

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

Being a race ambassador means an opportunity to get my community involved in my favorite half- marathon.  The mini was the first half marathon I ever ran, and it’s one that I’ve committed to run as many years as I can, because it’s my “home” race and it really showcases our community, both the enthusiasm for the city and the Derby, and the city itself.

02. What type of race participant are you?

Is slow a good answer? I’m a slow participant.  I’ve run all of some, I’ve walked all of some, and every where in between.  Everyone who participates is so supportive of everyone else who’s participating, it makes for a great race experience.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

Call me lame, but I would want my boyfriend to.  He’s been incredibly supportive of all of my racing endeavors, including dragging himself through 26.2 miles in Chicago with me.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

Shamelessly, my top three songs on my running list right now are “23″, “Roar” and “Gold Rush”.

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

It is such an honor to represent such an amazing event and be able to motivate and inspire to participate just like I have for the past 3 years.

02. What type of race participant are you?

I’ll be running the full marathon for the second year in a row with a goal of attaining a Boston qualifying time for 2015!

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

My Father! He has been an inspiration for me and a great role example of never giving up on on my goals and dreams!

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

It’s a beautiful day – U2
Thunder – Ac/DC
Welcome to the Jungle – Guns ‘N’ Roses

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

To me being a Race Ambassador means the opportunity to spread the joy of running. Having not been a runner my whole life, I know what it means to look at the full and 1/2 marathon distance as daunting. But having climbed the running ladder, I know with proper training and motivation, anything is possible. I look back at my life and wonder why I didn’t start running a long time ago. The joy and satisfaction it brings me are immeasurable. I’d like to give others the opportunity to experience that in their life as well.

02. What type of race participant are you?

I’m a runner and duathloner. I’ve done a variety of 5k mud races, all distance of running races (with the exception of ultra distances), and sprint and olympic duathlons. Each race imposes its own challenge, and I enjoy each. Granted when training for marathons, the 5k race distance sounds absolutely amazing.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

I would like to have my son give me my finisher’s medal. He lives far away, and I rarely get to see him. He’s never seen me race. It would be great for him to see the joy I get from finishing a race so I can hopefully instill the joy of exercise in his life.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

I listened to music when I first started running years ago, but have since quit. When running with a group, I enjoy the random talks we have about who knows what. When I’m running by myself, I like listening to the sounds of the country as I often run around my home in the Knobs. During races, I enjoy listening to the thousands of pounding feet and breathing around me. It’s almost like it’s own kind of music.

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

To me, being a race ambassador means helping people realize they’re capable of doing things they never thought possible. Running has become such a big part of my life, but it wasn’t always like that. I remember thinking I was literally going to die training for my first 5K. But after just a few short years, I can proudly call myself a marathoner now. Training is (at times) one of the hardest things you do, especially when you try to fit it into a busy lifestyle with work and kids, etc., but it is so worth it. If I can help even just a few people learn to love running, I’ll consider it a success.

02. What type of race participant are you?

I’m a runner, but I’m pretty injury-prone, so sometimes I’m a limper.

After an injury derailed my first marathon attempt back in September of 2012, I’m ready to challenge myself again and prove to myself that I can hit my original goal time of 4 hours (I ended up limping the second half to finish in 5:06). I’ve run the mini the last four years, so I’m familiar with the course (most of it, at least), and I’m taking a new approach to my training this time around to hopefully ensure my success on race day.

You can follow along with my progress on my blog, www.lager-jogger.com, or shoot me an email – LagerJogger@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your story and your goals for the Derby Festival races this spring!

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

 

This was a tough one for me. Of course there are the standard inspirational responses (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), but that’s just not me. No, if I could choose, I’d like to receive my medal from either Matt Frazier (No Meat Athlete - www.nomeatathlete.com) or Steve Stenzel (Steve in a Speedo?! Gross! - http://iwannagetphysical.blogspot.com/). Matt is a vegan ultramarathoner who recently completed a 100 mile race and a nation-wide book tour promoting his new book, No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self. His book has inspired me to go vegetarian as I train for my second marathon to see if I can meet the goals I failed to meet last time. Steve is a super-fast runner who makes me want to get faster. He often runs with his young son in a stroller, which encouraged me to do the same (something baby G and I both enjoy). They’re both ordinary guys, both young dads (like me) who are very relatable, but their passion for the sport is evident in everything they do.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

“Welcome to the Black Parade”  My Chemical Romance (this is a GREAT song for speedwork)
“Heart Of A Champion”  Nelly
“You’re Crashing But You’re No Wave”  Fall Out Boy

 

Contact
Email - LagerJogger@gmail.com

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

It is truly an honor to be part of the Race Ambassador program!  My purpose is to provide new and existing participants with the most up to date information,valuable training tips, and serve as a guide for the biggest race in Louisville! This is my third year running the race. The event is exciting, humbling, motivating,and inspiring. Everyone needs to do it at least one to experience the thrill of seeing so many people accomplish the same goal and those on the route that are solely there for your encouragement. I am more than happy to chat with anyone that may have questions or if I can assist in any way to get new participants started, please contact me!

02. What type of race participant are you?

I am a runner averaging about 8:45 minutes per hour and will be running the mini marathon this year.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

My official answer is Diana Nyad. She inspires me for her dedication and accomplishment. It goes to show that if you set your mind to it, you can accomplish it. However, I do have to admit, I would be just fine accepting my medal from one of our strong and handsome service men or emergency personnel (a fireman,police man, etc.). There are enough of them on the route that can accommodate this request!

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

I am definitely inspired by old school and old rock music and try to find songs that have a decent running pace because I am all about the music! At the moment, my top three songs are:

-”Don’t Stop Believing”- Journey (my first song as I start my race -nice slow pace and awesome build up)
-”Still the One”- Orleans
-”Meeting in the Ladies Room”- Klymaxx

 

Contact
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/deana.carl
Email - deana.carl@gmail.com

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

I’m so excited to be a race ambassador!  To me, it means being an advocate for this race, spread the word and get people involved.  This is one of my favorite races.  The course is awesome and the crowd support just can’t be beat.  I think this is a race that can truly create someone who loves to run out of a non-runner and its my personal goal to help others reach the finish line and have that awesome feeling of accomplishment when they do.

02. What type of race participant are you?

I’m not really competitive with others, but I am with myself.  I have a hard time just going easy or running for fun.  But, I am an active participant.  I love to give the kids on the side hi fives and really be present in the race as well.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

Justin Timberlake.  But, I’d be just as happy if the group that I workout and train with would be there.  They’re the ones that make running so much fun.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

I listen to Pandora when I run and I usually listen to Kesha Radio or Britney Spears Radio.  I also run with groups a lot so sometimes we just talk the whole time.  And, the best runs are runs with no distance or time goal and no music.  Just running.

 

Contact
Email - kellyberry4@gmail.com

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01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

Being a Race Ambassador provides me the opportunity to share my running experience with other runners and help endorse/promote this great local race. I would like this race to become a premier regional race and the only way to make that happen is by having great participants.

02. What type of race participant are you?

This year I am a half marathoner! I ran both the full marathon and half marathon twice.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

My son as he his very proud of my race medals. He thinks only the winners get a medal. At the end of the day, we are all winners as long as we accomplish the goals we set for ourselves.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

Phoenix – Lisztomania
The Black Keys – Lonely Boys
Pitbull – Don’t Stop the Party

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

It allows me to encourage people who are changing their healthy lifestyle habits and to challenge those who may not feel ready for a long distance run.  The sense of accomplishment that accompanies crossing that finish line is unmatched anywhere—and it means something different for everyone.  I am not an avid runner, but I love pushing myself to my physical limits.

02. What type of race participant are you?

This will be my fourth mini-marathon, and I have had new goals each time.  My goal this year is 1:55, which would be my best time by four minutes.  Bring on the challenge!!!

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

Gandalf.  One run to rule them all!

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

“Run Like Hell”  Pink Floyd
“Kings and Queens”  30 Seconds To Mars
“Grown Ocean”  Fleet Foxes

 

Contact
Email - erichollypurvis@bellsouth.net

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

To be a Kentucky Derby Festival Race Ambassador means that I get to promote and support my favorite race of the year. In addition to promoting the race, I get to promote health and wellness to family, friends, and community through an activity that I absolutely love.

02. What type of race participant are you?

My favorite race of the year had always been the Derby miniMarathon.  I have run 18 marathons in the past however I always looked forward to running the Derby mini with friends.  I began running the Derby full marathon 3 years ago and loved it.  I will run the Derby Marathon this year with hopes of improving last years 3:18:25 result.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

Coach Rick Pitino while holding the 2014 National Championship Trophy.  I originally thought of my wife, friends, family members, or inspiring athletes but I would rather those people be on the road with me. And if Coach Rick Pitino can keep up while holding the Championship trophy that would be fine too.

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

T.I.”Ball” if I need to pick up the pace, anything John Mayer if I need to slow down, Black Crowes “She talks to Angels” if I need to get slower.

 

Contact
Email - Bzz1djc@ups.com

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon 2013

01. What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?

As a race ambassador, I believe it is important to encourage others that they can balance everyday life with fitness. The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/Mini is not limited to the elite runners. The race is a great fit for anyone who needs a platform to reach their goals.

02. What type of race participant are you?

I am the born again runner.  About 5 years ago, I completed two marathons but quickly became burned out.  I am finally back in the routine and am now much happier with a running lifestyle. I fit in my clothes better, can eat more of my favorite foods, and of course have more confidence! I do not compete for my PR.  My goal is to simply cross the finish line.

03. Who would give you your medal at the Finish Line?

Andy Cohen would be awesome. Hopefully he would invite me to the Bravo Clubhouse!

04. What are the top 3 songs on your workout playlist?

I enjoy a variety of music and get tired of the same songs, therefore I depend on Pandora. My top 3 Pandora Stations are Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga.

 

Contact
Email – ambassador@kdf.org