2016 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.

Executive Team Deana Carl Allison Myers Chris Powell

Deana Carl

Facebook: Deana Carl

Other: deana.carl@gmail.com

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
It is an honor to be part of this program! I appreciate the experience to work with others who want to be a participant in the race and learn why the KDF Marathon/mini Marathon is such a great event!

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
Enjoy the experience of running through Churchill Downs, seeing your face on the big screen inside, and all of the energy and support from the local crowds cheering for everyone! You will definitely smile more than once!
I also would plan out my song playlist. Why? Because I tend to run to the beat of the music. Give some thought to your choices — fast paced/slow paced, inspirational, etc. Remember, you will be listening to it for two hours or more!
Plan your outfit. Have fun with it but make sure you have tested all of your gear and are comfortable with everything. Getting up and putting on something that makes you feel good is a given you will have a good race – right?

What songs are on your workout playlist?
Don’t Stop Believin – Journey (use this as an opening song for the race – keeps my pace and has a nice build up)
Flawless – Mercy Me
People Like Us – Kelly Clarkson
Because We Can – Bon Jovi
Feel Again – One Republic
The Devil Went Down to Geogia – Zac Brown Band
Maybe – Sick Puppies
Caught Up In You – 38 Special
Free Ride – The Edgar Winter Group
Born Free – Kid Rock
Push It – Salt-N-Pepa
I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
Viva la Vida – Coldplay

 

Allison Myers

Facebook: Allison Myers

Twitter: @AllisonRMyers

Instagram: @allisonrmyers/

Blog: www.allisonmyers.com

Website: www.eatlovelouisville.com

Other: https://instagram.com/eatlovelouisville/

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Being a Race Ambassador means I get to share my love for this city, my love for running and my love for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/mini. Thank you to everyone who helped me become Race Ambassador of the Year last year. It’s an honor to get a second term to encourage others to sign up to run, jog, dance or walk their way to their goals.

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?Just do it! It’s the most exciting race in all of Louisville. There is no other race like this where you can truly experience the city. Don’t do it alone. There are so many local running groups, training groups, walking groups that you don’t have to train by yourself. Contact me if you’re interested in finding a group to help you get started. You can do it!

What songs are on your workout playlist?
I have a running group that meets every Monday in The Parklands. With running group, I have learned to joys of running without music. It’s nice to have a conservation with my fellow runners and take in the sounds of the park. I do notice that it’s help me with my breathing and pace.

 

Chris Powell

Facebook Link: Chris Powell & RunningWithTheLocals

Twitter Link: @panthersden2

Instagram Link: @runswlocals

 

Other Links: http://www.youtube.com/user/RunningWithTheLocals

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Being an Ambassador means I get to share my love for this incredible event with potentially everyone I meet, from the dedicated runners who sign up year after year, to someone who never dreamed they would run or walk 13.1 or 26.2.  It also means working with an incredibly motivated and inspirational group of Ambassadors to make sure EVERYONE knows about Saturday, April 30, 2016

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
I would recommend three things: a good pair of shoes from one of our fine local running stores; a training plan, like the FREE program provided by Norton Sports Health (kicking off in January, 2016); and someone to keep you accountable and on track (like one of the many local running groups).

What songs are on your workout playlist?
I have an embarrassing mix of songs by LMFAO, Jessie J./Ariana Grande/Nikki Minaj, and N*Sync, but I also like to listen to podcasts when I run. I can exercise my brain AND my body!

 

Alicia McAfee

Facebook Link:  Alicia Mcafee

Twitter Link:  @McAfeePartyof5

Instagram Link:  @aliciamcafee/

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
I want to help people reach their personal and fitness goals.  I love it when people say “Because of you, I didn’t give up!” or “I heard you out there when I was running.  It kept me going!”  So rewarding!!

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?Find a plan and stick to it.  It will be hard and you will want to quit.  If it was easy, everyone would do it!  Just keep going!!  I promise it will be worth it in the end!

What songs are on your workout playlist?
EVERYTHING!!  I have Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Bon Jovi, Journey, Fergie, Jimmy Buffett, Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum, Bruno Mars, and Keith Urban to name a few.  I LOVE all kinds of music and they all get me going for different reasons.  I like to mix it up and keep it interesting!

Amy Scarboro

Facebook: Amy Scarboro

Twitter: @diaggirl300

Instagram: @amyscarboro

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Oh my gosh… It means SO MUCH to me!! I am thrilled to have been selected and this is a fabulous opportunity for me to meet new people and run more :) I grew up in Louisville, so the Kentucky Derby and Festival week has been a big part of my life for many years!! I completed my first KDF miniMarathon on 4/28/01 and will be completing my 10th one on 4/30/2016. Running does not come easy to me so each race I do is a huge success. Just this first week as an Ambassador has been exciting as I have met new runners and seasoned runners at local running clubs. We all have stories and cannot wait to learn yours and share mine!

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/ miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
I love this race and the new course… bye bye hills on the miniMarathon..shew!!! I would advise a person to goal set and choose this race to run in April 2016. I would suggest getting fitted for a proper shoe and getting technical clothing. Next, I would suggest the 2016 training plan to follow as a guideline. I have always run alone but this week meeting new running groups, I would HIGHLY recommend getting involved with a local group as there is so much support and knowledge to benefit from. I love adding yoga and strength training to my training plan, so I would suggest to find a cross training activity that one loves to mix it up a little bit:)

What songs are on your workout playlist?
My playlist is huge with lots of variety!! When I did my first marathon at age of 50, I asked all my Facebook friends to post a song for me. I built that playlist and heard it for the first time on my marathon. To this date, five years later, those are my favorite songs and I can remember which friend mentioned that song to me. I am doing my third full marathon this December and plan to do the same thing.

Bella Portaro

Facebook: Bella Portaro

Twitter: @BellaPortaro

Instagram: @BellaOfLouisville

Blog Link: http://www.bellaoflouisville.com

Website Link: http://bella.solutions &  https://www.facebook.com/GoodGirlsFitness

Other Links:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bellaportaro

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+BellaPortaro

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BellaPortaro

Pinterst: https://www.pinterest.com/bellaportaro/

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/bellaoflouisville

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/people/502Fashionista

Wedding Blog: http://www.HereComeTheKuebers.com

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
By definition, an ambassador is a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity. This is a great definition but I don’t think it speaks for all that we do. Each of us are unique in what makes us walk, jog, run, and dance across the finish line. We cheerlead each other, strangers that encourage to join us, and that definition doesn’t include all of the smiles, blood, sweat, tears, frustration, happiness, pride, and soreness that we all feel after we cross that finish line.
For me, I wanted to complete the full marathon as a Race Ambassador last year. To make a long story short, I had some health issues that prevented me from taking the full plunge so the 2015 mini was all walking for. And lucky me, I had a friend that was by my side the entire time! THAT is what it’s all about. Helping each other and the community by informing everyone we can about the KDF race and then continuing with training tips from, meeting other walkers and runners in my personal running group” titled: “GG Walk / Jog / Run Tribe!” We typically meet in Cherokee every day for either a loop or two. The miles will increase soon.
I’m really looking forward to having the Norton Healthcare Training Program start! I’m a Norton’s Infusion Center patient for my Ulcerative Colitis. It’s awesome showing my fellow UC people in the hospital that anyone can do anything they want to. #UCwarriorsUnite!

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
1) Start training now and as often as you can!
2) Get a great pair of running shoes at a local store. They can fit you and give you recommendations that will be best for you.
3) Invest in Magnesium supplements to take if you have sore muscles and don’t want to take a mineral bath. Epsom salt baths do the same thing.
4) Yoga is my saving grace every single day. I have been killing it in my challenge groups and started to train for this mini. Stretching helps me relieve the muscle stiffness that I get from training. It’s a great process to build and lean out your muscles.
5) Training with friends can make it fun and hold you accountable. These accountability buddies / training friends are your “tribe” … They’ll be there to walk, jog, or even run with you. They’ll push you to reach your goals and vice versa. I crossed the finish line last year because of my friend Lynnie never left my side.
a. There are all kinds of running groups in Louisville. My group meets up once a day in Cherokee Park. And there are a lot of other ambassadors that are also training at different parks or gyms. Reach out to these groups and friend the peeps you want to connect with.
b. The Norton Healthcare Training Guide is coming out very soon! It is highly recommended that all of us attend the kick-off day for this. You’ll be given a training guide and advice to help you excel in your training!

What songs are on your workout playlist?
Depends upon my mood but I have a few different playlists I pick from. But I have been listening to this playlist for a few weeks now. LOVE IT! This lovely little list is titled: “Glitter Throwing Jams”
The Top 5 songs on “Glitter Throwing Jams” are:
1) “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift
2) “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
3) “Uptown Funk (featuring Bruno Mars) by Mark Ronson
4) “The Walker” by Fitz & The Tantrums
5) “On to the Next One” by Jay Z

Corey Queen

Facebook: Corey Queen

Twitter: @CardiacCorey72

Instagram: @corey_the_warrior

Blog: BipolarFatherAthleteMarathoner.blogspot.com/

 

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Being a 2016 Race Ambassador means everything to me, and I’m not kidding. It means that I get to not only share my wonderful experiences of having twice run the full 26.2 mile marathon, but I get to, hopefully, inspire those have always wanted to run either the Mini or Full Marathon. It also means that I get the wonderful opportunity to be on a team with 22 other like-minded Race Ambassadors who are simply incredible people from all walks of life.

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them? Research and find a wonderful beginner’s training program. Enjoy your training, especially during what I call, “The Grind”. The part of your training that is past the beginning, when everything is new and “shiny”, but not close enough to race time, when the excitement is in the air, but the middle of the training. Getting through the grind will mentally prepare you for the Marathon or Mini Marathon. Once you complete your training, and you are standing at the Start Line with 16,000 of your closest friends, think of race day as your 13.1 or 26.2 Mile Victory Lap. And once the race begins, my personal mantra is, “Run the Mile You’re In”, don’t get caught up in how many miles you’ve run, or how many more to go, but enjoy the mile that you are in. And once you cross that finish line, you will be a different person, someone who knows that you are able to accomplish anything you dedicate yourself to. Also, wear your medal for a few days afterwards. You deserve every bit of praise that you will receive from people.

What songs are on your workout playlist?
I rarely listen to music on my runs, but when I do, I am a HUGE Prince fan, so anything by him. Also, “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen, “Pay for It” by Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Hero” and “Not Gonna Die” by Skillet, “Numb/Encore” Jay-Z/Linkin Park. “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix, just to name a few. My musical taste is all over the place.

Jason Slone

Facebook: Jason Slone
Twitter: @flyboie011
Instagram: @flyboie01

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
I am representing the local running community to help give those folks that have not run a race previously and give them the extra motivation needed to complete one.

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival
Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
Start slow and build yourself up and train properly in order to prevent injury.

What songs are on your workout playlist?
Anything by the following Artists.
Daughtry
Nickelback
Fallout Boy
Theory of a Deadman

Jennifer Mutwalli

Facebook Link: Jennifer Mutwalli

Twitter Link: @jenjennylu

Instagram Link: @jenjennylu

Website Link: www.stelladot.com/jenjenny

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Being a Race Ambassador gives me the opportunity to share my passion for running and my love for the #KDFmarathon #KDFminiMarathon with others, both veteran runners and those participating for the first time, as a runner or a walker. Come out and train with us: It will be fun, trust me!

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
Find a mantra or a quote that resonates with you and don’t ever forget it; it will get you over a lot of rough spots. For starters, here’s one of my favorites:
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
I know lots of people who turn to scripture and lots who keep it simple, like, “Get er done” or “You’ve got this.” A favorite trainer at my barre studio says, “You got up early to be here. Don’t give up.”
My personal mantra is, “She believed she could and so she did.” I say it over and over and over again. It’s gotten me through a lot of tough runs and bike rides.
What will your saying be?

What songs are on your workout playlist?
I’m ALL over the place! Here are some from a playlist I made last weekend:
Ants Marching – DMB
A** Back Home – Gym Class Heroes
Back Where I Come From – Kenny Chesney
Between the Raindrops – LIfehouse
Black Widow – Iggy Azelea
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
By the Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Chandelier – Sia
Crazy in Love – Beyonce
Ex’s and Oh’s – Elle King
Gas Pedal – Sage the Gemini
GDFR – Flo Rida
Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson
Holy Grail – Jay Z
LIttle Red Wagon – Miranda Lambert
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Replay – Zendaya
Rock You Like a Hurricaine – The Scorpions
So What – Pink
Turn Down For What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Umbrella – Rhianna
We Own It – 2 Chainz

Josh Miller

Facebook: Josh Miller

Twitter Link: @j_jmiller

Instagram Link: @j_jmiller/

Blog Link: http://runjm.run

Website Link: http://www.ideasxlab.com/

Other Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/creativejjm

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Training for the KDF Marathon was a life changing experience for me. From the support of Fleet Feet during long runs to crossing the finish line on race day, and the self-discovery that happened along the way, my outlook on running was forever changed.
I became a race ambassador to encourage others to embark on this journey. To put aside fear, take up the challenge, and participate in the KDF Marathon/miniMarathon, whether they are able to walk, jog or run across the finish line. Having a supportive community was vital for me to tackle this challenge, and I hope to now provide that support to others.

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon /miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?Last year when I was getting ready for the KDF Marathon, I asked a friend and triathlete for her advice about race day – from what to wear to the best way to carry gels and gear. She didn’t offer advice, but a reminder – that the race (and pathway to completion) is different for everyone. There is no right answer.
With this in mind, paying attention as you train to the BEST practices for YOU – your body, your mind, your health – is crucial. Learning what does and doesn’t create an awesome running environment for you personally makes a huge impact, along with thinking about how to modify routines and resources to enhance your training and experience on race day (example: turning socks into gloves for those with pore circulation).

What songs are on your workout playlist?
I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks while I run because it is a great time to focus on digesting information. Lately these have included BOLD by Peter Diamandis and Steve Kotler, and podcasts including Exponential Wisdom, Freakonomics, BioTech Nation, Note to Self, and StartUp.

Kathryn Giles

Facebook: Kathryn Giles

Twitter: @specialk494

Instagram Link: @specialkgiles

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Wow….it was such an honor to be chosen by the KDF Race team.  I have had a lot of mentors through the years. They have helped me become a runner and supported me through many long miles in rain, snow, cold winds and hilly courses.  I like to think that I have also helped others learn to love this sport because for me it is as social as it is for my fitness.  So I hope as a race ambassador I can help and support anyone who would like to give a marathon or mini marathon a try.  I did not start running until I was 35 years old and have stuck with it for 15 years!  My fitness level and my life really changed for the better when I fell in love with running……

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?Training Group and Training Schedule!!  The training group helps you make friends with people that run your same speed….trust me once you get past about 3 or 4 miles having people to chat with and get lost with….really just makes it a lot more fun.  The training schedule is important so the running gets to be second nature and you ramp up gradually.  If you ramp up too quickly and do not stretch out, injury can ruin this sport for you.  Listen to the coaches and follow the recommended running schedule and stretch!!

What songs are on your workout playlist?
Good question for me since I am one of those runners who   MUST HAVE MUSIC!
I have made many mixes over the years that range from heavy metal (yes I was at Louder than Life), pink and black eyed pees to country (yes been to CMA fair).  Then I found a web site and app called rockmyrun.com.  They have dj inspired running mixes that you can base on your BPM, music genre choice and length of the mix.  So for about $1 a month I can have new music to run to without the hassle of trying to figure out what to put on my music mix.

Kenya Turner

Facebook: Kenya Turner

Twitter: @lilcupcakedivas

Instagram: @kyrunnergyrl

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Being a race ambassador is an excellent opportunity to engage and encourage the local and greater communities to consider participating in one of the best road races in the state right here in the city Louisville.  Also, it’s an great way to connect with people who may not have considered running before but are now inspired to lace up. That’s how you make magic happen.

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
Do it. Even if Louisville is not your hometown, it’s one of those events that packs lots of energy, support and enthusiasm.  It’s the kind of race you and your friends do every year. So, train smart, enjoy the journey and have fun.

What songs are on your workout playlist?
When I running I’m all the about the sights  and sounds of nature. When engaged in other activities I rock out to music that gets the heart pumping.

Lauren Beahl

Facebook Link: Lauren Beahl

Twitter Link: @lauren_beahl

Instagram Link: @lbeahl13

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Being a Race Ambassador means being able to share my love for running with the rest of the Louisville community. Some of my happiest and proudest moments are from crossing a finish line, and I hope that through being an ambassador, I can encourage more people to create these memories.

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?Make the commitment, sign up, and grab your shoes! The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon is my favorite race because of the large amount of support given to you. From training to the sideline cheers on race day, hundreds of people are there to encourage and help you!

What songs are on your workout playlist?
Unlimited amounts of Taylor Swift and the Goo Goo Dolls

Lori Roberts

Facebook Link: www.facebook.com/LorriAnne

Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/LorriAnne

Instagram Link: https://instagram.com/lorrianne83/

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
Running is such an individual sport that you forget how influential the support and encouragement of others can be.  Having the camaraderie of a group of people who are as crazy about something as you are is an amazing feeling.  Getting up at 6:00am on a dreary Saturday morning to run 10+ miles isn’t quite as awful because there is a whole group of other people who will be there to go out with you and encourage you on when you feel like stopping. Being an ambassador for this race lets me be that person for someone else.  I get to share my knowledge of running and the ups and downs we all experience as runners and maybe help someone who’s struggling get through that really tough run and that makes it all worthwhile.
The KDF miniMarathon was my first half marathon in 2008.  I proved to myself then, that I really was a runner.  When I returned to running after being hit by a car (while running) in 2012, the 2013 miniMarathon was my first real post recovery race and when I realized that I wasn’t done with running and that I still had a whole lot more miles to run.  This spring I will be returning to that all too familiar course but this time for my first MARATHON, eek! You better believe that I’ll be sharing that first with this race, how could I not.  These races are on home turf; every time I run them they’re better and I am too!

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?The best advice I can give if you’ve never done a KDF Marathon/miniMarathon plan for every possible type of weather.  We’ve had heat, cold, rain, and just about everything in between.  If you’re coming in from out of town pack extra layering pieces and check the weather the night before and again in the morning when you get up. The good news is that we have AMAZING volunteers that will be out there to support you in your race no matter what the weather brings!

What songs are on your workout playlist?
It’s a pretty diverse list! The most played are:
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
The Ruler and the Killer – Kid Cudi
Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson
Hercules – Sara Bareilles

Melissa Christensen

Facebook:  Melissa Christensen

Twitter: @melissakc_djd

Blog Link: www.doublejoggerdiaries.blogspot.com

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
It is a great honor to be a Race Ambassador for the KDF Marathon. It means that I am a representative for one of the biggest events in the state that so many people get behind.  I love that I can personally help people achieve their goal to complete a full or half marathon race by encouraging them to sign up and steering them towards a proper training plan.

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
If you are a current runner, and you have signed up, you have to check out this course!  It is a great way to see the city of Louisville and incredibly special to have the opportunity to run inside Churchill Downs a mere week before the horses run in the Kentucky Derby.  It’s a great way to be involved in Derby preparations.    If you are new to running, now is the time to commit.  You can do it!  The Norton Health Training program is a safe and effective training program that you can follow to get you to the finish line.  It is also FREE!  What other races hook you up with a free training plan to follow?  Not many!  You can do the Louisville Triple Crown of Running to build up to the Mini or use it to supplement your training for the full.

What songs are on your workout playlist?
Alternative. Imagine Dragons entire Smoke and Mirrors album, Atlas Genius Molecules, Struts- Could Have Been Me, Eminem- Lose Yourself and Till I Collapse.

Melissa Joyce

Facebook: Melissa Joyce

Twitter: @songbird128

Blog: journeytokdf2016.wordpress.com & songbird128.wordpress.com

What does it mean to be an Ambassador?
It means being that “connection” with my fellow walkers and runners. I get much joy from being there to help others reach their walking and running goals!!

If someone has not participated in KDF, what advice would you give?
Enjoy EVERY minute!  Find that “balance” between being faithful to your training yet, not forgetting that you have a Family, Friends, and a LIFE. Show up on Race Day, and HAVE FUN!!!

What songs are on your playlist?
I have a mix of 70’s & 80’s R & B, and Old School Gospel! Earth, Wind, and Fire & Luther take me through the “easy” miles…. And, my Good old Gospel songs help me “keep the faith” when the going gets tough!!

Michaela Dorf

Facebook: Michaela Dorf

Instagram: @m_dorf

Other: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelaDorfFitness

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
I am so excited to be a race ambassador because it puts me in a better position to motivate and inspire others to take up running.  I started running after having kids and am not a natural runner but I love it and have met some of my best friends while training and racing.  Being a military spouse I move frequently and have to quickly cultivate new friends and networks.  Running gives me one of the best opportunities to get to know a new city and meet new people who share my interests.  I would love for more people, especially moms, to take up running and challenge themselves to do something new.
Completing a half or full marathon is a challenge and I am looking forward to encouraging more people to commit to this goal. I am happy to answer any questions about the training involved and how to best manage the time required for it. Becoming and staying active are key to a healthy lifestyle and I work hard to be a role model for my friends and family.  It is especially important to me that my kids learn the importance of fitness and I hope that as a race ambassador I can help others instill this view in their own families.
My goals as a race ambassador are:
– to promote the event throughout the region
– to inspire more people to take up running
– to motivate them to commit to a goal
– to mentor them throughout their training
– to encourage them every step of the way

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
My best advice for someone who has never run this type of race before is to find a friend or group to run with.  Running is so much more fun with friends.  They help to motivate you, keep you accountable and make sure that you do get up early on the weekend even when there is snow on the ground.  I have made some of my best friends through running and would never have completed some of my races without their words of motivation and encouragement along the way.
Anyone in the Fort Knox/Radcliff/Brandenburg/Elizabethtown area who is looking for a group to run with, please let me know and I’ll do my best to help you get set up.

What songs are on your workout playlist?
I don’t listen to music when I run but here are some of my current faves for the gym and spin classes.
Shut up and Dance – Walk the Moon
Burnin Up – Jessie J
Don’t look down – Martin Garrix
Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – Lilly Wood and the Prick
Work Work – Britney Spears
Can’t hold us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
And anything by Pitbull or Calvin Harris

Simon Kay

Facebook:  Simon Kay & Simon Kay

Twitter: @SimonIsTalking

Instagram:  @TheSimonExperience

Website:  www.simonmartinkay.com

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
To me, being a Race Ambassador is expanding on what I already do for running.  Like most runners, I feel like I’m an Ambassador for running.  Being a Race Ambassador allows me to spread the gospel of running, and recruit people to come join thousands of others in a truly awesome race, and encourage them expand beyond the local races, and head out to experience what other races have to offer.

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?Get ready for a great time, and an awesome tour of the city of Louisville.  This could be the only time you get to see this view of Churchill Downs, and the sights and sounds of downtown.  Plus, it’s a truly one of a kind experience when the entire community comes out to cheer you on.

What songs are on your workout playlist?
Anything and everything.  If you can shake your booty to it, it’s probably on my playlist.  But my playlist is always evolving to find the next song that will really pump me up!

Stephanie Fish

Facebook: Stephanie Fish

Instagram: @Stephy_Fishy

Other: www.derbycityrunclub.com

What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
It is an honor to be chosen as a Race Ambassador to not only represent KDF, but to also represent the City of Louisville! I moved here just 4 years ago, and have grown to love the area, the people, and the charm. I also started distance running when I moved to Louisville because the KDF mini looked like a feasible challenge. I love that I can talk with potential racers about how this was my first half marathon, and now I’m a Race Ambassador! Everything comes full circle in this world!

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?You are stronger than you think! There will be good run days and bad run days, but it all adds up to 13.1 or 26.2 in the end. Whether you are in peak physical condition, or just getting off the couch…run, jog, walk, or skip your way to the finish line! And don’t forget to take in the scenic route along the way!

What songs are on your workout playlist?
Weird answer…. None! I run without any music! I have an “internal beat” with my breathing and my thoughts, which keeps me on pace.

Stephanie Sturgeon

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What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
It means that I get to share my love of running and how it has changed my life for the better with other people. I can help encourage and influence those that think they could never do a half marathon or whole marathon and help them achieve a goal that they might have been too hesitant to pursue.

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
I would say to start small. It is a long process to train but in order to have an experience that you will love, you need to prepare. It is hard, which is why people shy away from it, but it is so rewarding as long as you follow a proper training plan. And have fun!!! Even better, find a friend that you can encourage and make running a shared activity.

 

What songs are on your workout playlist?
I listen to Pandora stations by Pink, Christina, Beyonce, Britney, Kelly, or anyone that will have a lot of upbeat and powerful songs to really get you through those tough mental moments. When you start singing along with a song you forget about the tough stuff!

Steve Bennett

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

Being a Race Ambassador means I can highlight all of the great things about the city of Louisville to everyone I meet. The Kentucky Derby Festival is unlike any other festival in the US. The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/ ½ Marathon is one of the best race event experiences in the country. Being a Race Ambassador also means I might be able to influence someone to increase their physical activity contributing directly to their overall health and quality of life! That really excites me!!

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?
Start early! Research what others have done to prepare for a Marathon or half Marathon. Ask questions to avoid making that same mistakes others have made. Develop a plan that fits your age, your schedule and your goals. Work the plan and have fun!

What songs are on your workout playlist?
He Reigns by the Newsboys
Radar Love by Golden Earring
Under the Boardwalk by the Drifters

 

Yvonne Austin

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What does it mean to you to be a Race Ambassador?
I am a direct connection to what you want to know, what you need to know, and what you didn’t know you needed to know. I am a walking fountain of knowledge about the marathon and all the activities surrounding the Derby. (If I don’t know the answer, I promise to get you an answer within 24 hours). I am committed to making sure you have the best experience possible because we want you to make this YOUR annual pavement party. As an ambassador, we will take this journey together even if you don’t live in Louisville. I am your accountability partner. I am willing to meet you where you are on your journey. WE got this -13.1/26.2.
When I started running almost two years ago, this was on my runners list!!!

If someone has not participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, what advice would you give them?Outside of the obvious-train, eat correctly, make your travel plans early, if needed, have an accountability partner(s), and register early to get the best prices. (Follow me on social media and I’ll post all the discount codes. Make sure you vote for me when you register).
My advice:
You’ve trained now enjoy the Party on the Pavement!!! Pace yourself, take some selfies, admire all of the historic landmarks you will run pass-Churchill downs, Muhammad Ali Center, the bourbon distilleries, University of Louisville, and of course the 1000’s of people cheering you on along the way !!! This is the time to enjoy all of your hard work. Talk to the people in your coral, at your hotel, at the pasta dinner (buy a ticket), meet the people that you will see at other races. Make lifelong friends.
Stay a few extra days and enjoy the Derby celebrations.

What songs are on your workout playlist?
I listen to Pandora on the shuffle setting so I get a variety of songs.
I start off listening to something with a medium tempo until I settle into a comfortable pace. Midway through my run I listen to hip/hop something with a fast tempo. The last mile of my run I listen to contemporary gospel to celebrate my accomplishment.