GOBBLER GRIND AMBASSADORS
Cheryl started running in 2012 after joining Weight Watchers. Never having been athletic, she was surprised to find herself actually enjoying running! Since then, Cheryl has run 7 full marathons, 23 half marathons, and a load of shorter distance races. New adventures are already planned for 2017 as Cheryl is registered for her first Ultra (44 miles) and Triathlon. Cheryl volunteers for a running program at Lansing Correctional Facility 3 days a week, she runs for a sweet girl named Ruby with the Who I Run 4 organization (an organization that matches runners with individuals with disabilities - whoirun4.com), and is a member of Streak Runners International (Her runstreak is at 900 days and counting)! “I appreciate the opportunity to be a Gobbler Grind Ambassador and can’t wait to participate again!”
Cari started running in 2011 after her local dance studio shut down. “My heart was crushed and I never thought I would find something I loved as much as dance. Then, I found running. Running not only changed my life, but gave me something to love again.” Over 6 years she hascompleted 52 half marathons and 5 full marathons. She traded her ballet shoes for some Nikes and never looked back! “I can’t wait for Gobbler Grind 2017, see you all at the starting line!”
Lauren ran track in high school and picked up distance running in college. She ran my first half in 2012 and hasn’t looked back! “This will be my second year running the Gobbler Grind and it’s by far one of my favorite courses. I feel my best after a great run – its a great way to stay in shape both physically and mentally! I hope to see you race day at Gobbler Grind 2017!!!”
Tara Talley is a Leavenworth, KS native. She served 8 years as an Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the 82nd Airborne. It was during this time after the birth of her first son that she discovered the joy of running. At the age of 31 that she ran her first half-marathon. Tara ran her first marathon in 2015 with a Boston qualifying time.
Tara is hoping to inspire others to maintain an active lifestyle. One of her greatest joys comes from inspiring mothers to take ahold of their lives by showing their children that taking care of yourself is a priority. She is looking forward to this upcoming running season and hopes to see you at the Gobbler Grind November 2017.
Laura Completed the Couch to 5k program while preparing for her wedding in 2012 and has been running ever since. “I run pretty much every weekend in KC area races. Ran Gobbler Grind for the past 3 years and looking forward to running the half again this year.”
Chad got into running after his first of two ACL surgeries. His goal with any race is to finish and have a good time doing it. Chad enjoys helping fellow athletes hit their goals and is happy to answer any (ANY) questions they may have along the way. Chad’s racing history is marked with half marathons, marathons, Ironman 70.3s (Half Ironman) and he completed his first full distance Ironman in 2010.
Serita has been running long distance races for 15 years. She completed her first Harvest Half Series this past fall. She has run two full and eleven half-marathons, and one duathlon. “When I’m not running I’m a mom to two wonderful girls, a wife to a very supportive husband, and a special education teacher to a group of amazing students. I look forward to this new adventure of being a race ambassador and sharing my love of running with others!”
Virginia started running three years ago, in April. Her goal was to learn how to run longer distances. Since that time, she has run numerous 5ks, 10ks and half marathons. She ran the Gobbler Grind Half Marathon for the first-time last year and loved the course! “I have also run a few 25ks and trail runs. I will run my FIRST MARATHON April 30, 2017 in Big Sur, California. I love running and I’m very excited to promote this race in my running community. I’m also a yoga instructor, I teach at the local University and at a local fitness center. I love running and I love yoga, but my true love is my family and traveling. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and three beautiful children. My oldest two children are runners for the local high school.”
Brooke Brubaker started running in 2011. She has since run about 20 combined marathons and ultras and has lost track of how many halves and 25ks. Her husband and 3 of her 4 children also run. Brooke is a Marathon Maniac and Half Fanatic, and her husband and oldest son are both Half Fanatics. In addition to running marathons, she does CrossFit 5 days per week and hopes to eventually complete an Ironman.
Brooke is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and she works as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. In addition to running a 100 mile race, her future plans include going to law school and working in advocacy law. She first ran Gobbler Grind in 2016, and she can’t wait to return in 2017 with dozens of her very best friends!
Jamie started running in college as a way to stay in shape. On a whim, she decided to train for a half marathon and fell in love with distance running. She is currently 17 states into her goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. Jamie loves being part of the local running community! When she’s not racing, she runs as part of the Smart Pacing team, coaches middle school track, and runs for Team Run 816. Gobbler Grind is a favorite and she can’t wait for this year’s race!
Jordan started running in 2010 after having her son. “I would always see runners on the side of the road and think they were crazy, and now I know they are! But I’m part of the crazy and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve completed 5 full marathons and countless other shorter race distances.” This year she is aiming to complete her first 50K in May and is looking forward to the Gobbler Grind in November! “I love the course and the volunteers and the guilt-free pie that I get to eat on Thanksgiving.”
In January 2014 Tim was 300lbs. and couldn’t enjoy things he wanted to do like surfing. He signed up with Dr. Tague Nutrition in Overland Park. In seven months he lost 105 lbs! He went from a size 52 waist to a size 34. He also began walking that January, and could only walk a 1/2 mile at a time. Gradually, he walked a half mile, and then jogged a 1/4 mile. He worked hard and in November of 2014 he ran his 1st marathon, the Gobbler Grind. “It felt so good to get out and run I added the Garmin. Now those are my two marathons to run. As an Ambassador for the Gobbler Grind, I’m excited to involve my students and friends. Let’s run in April!”