Marathon & Half Ambassadors
Vinur Wells: Vinur was inspired to run her first half marathon in 2013 after volunteering at the finish line of a local half marathon. She’s enjoyed growing with the sport by participating in numerous 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, sprint triathlons, Olympic triathlons, 2 marathons and 2 half Ironmans. She enjoys travelling to different states to race and loves the people she’s met through the sport. By being an ambassador for Gobbler Grind, Vinur hopes to support great local races to keep them going strong, encourage more people to continue to stay active and hold herself accountable to run even when it gets cold! She can’t wait to run Gobbler Grind again and is looking forward to seeing you all out there!
Jeremy Vrentas: Jeremy is 38 years old from Lee’s Summit. He is a father of two amazing kids, Lily and Ian, and has been married to his best friend for 14 years. Jeremy started running in late 2013 and since then has raced many many half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks. This past March he finished his 11th Full Marathon. Jeremy loves connecting with the running community in Kansas City and helping drive everyone to their own personal goals and PRs.
Molly Buchanan: Molly absolutely did not grow up a runner and was often the last kid to walk in the door from the mile test in middle school. She started running during her senior year in college in an effort to offset the pizza and beer. In 2007, while training for her first marathon, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer, and the 8 months of chemo that followed put a screeching halt to anything athletic. As soon as she got the all clear from her doctor, she put on her running shoes and hasn’t stopped since. Molly treats every day as a gift, and for her, running is a celebration of strength and resilience. She has completed 8 full marathons, over 50 half marathons, and lost count of the 5Ks and 10Ks several miles ago. She has met some of her best friends through the Kansas City running community and looks forward to seeing them on the course in November!
Alex Busche: Alex has been running since 2018. His now wife bribed him with beer at the end of The Brew to Brew run and that started his journey into running. Since starting, Alex has competed in many 5ks, 3 half marathons, and 2 triathlons. Alex is a member of KCR Max team. Alex loves group runs and meeting new people through running!
Scott Green: Scott Green, the Bearded Runner, began his running journey in 2016 and may be the most prolific group runner in town. He enjoys running with his different running “families” in the Northland, Midtown and on the south side of town. His job often requires odd shifts, so you never know if he is running after work with a morning group, or on his way to work with an evening group! Over the past four years he has run in more than 400 group runs and over 150 races, (90-5Ks, 15-10Ks, 3-15Ks, 24-Halfs 1-Marathon, 2-Duathlons, and 1-Triathlon.) His favorite is distance is a Half marathon, “Half’s are a different type of challenge and require actual training. I Can’t say I love them during, but am always happy after completing them.” Scott completed a run streak goal by running outside every day in 2018 and has enjoyed volunteering at many races the last couple of years.
Cheryl Lentz: 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 2018. 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. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a Gobbler Grind Ambassador and can’t wait to participate again!”
Mike Groes: Mike started running in 2011 after running a half mile home during a walk one night. Since then he has run 9 full marathons (#10 will be Boston 2021) and over 30 half marathons, (both racing and pacing). In 2018 he paced Gobbler Grind Half Marathon. There he had the pleasure of pacing a group of girls from a local high school cross country team and some amazing women. They all had great stories that they shared with him during the race. Mike says, “I believe Kansas City has one of the best, most supportive running communities in the country and I am proud to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to races starting back up and being able to run with my friends again soon!”
Rich Benjes: Rich Benjes has been an avid runner since 2006 and has completed 13 marathons, including the 2018 Boston Marathon. Having participated in the Gobbler Grind marathon three times, Rich is excited to be to be part of the ambassador program and give back to the race and the sport. His goals for this year include encouraging as many people as possible to join him in having a great time, and finishing a marathon sub-3:00. “Generally, my goal every year is to be better than the prior year. There always seems to be something I would do differently or improve upon. Running has been a continual learning process. It’s a puzzle and I am still finding pieces”. A busy father of three, Rich enjoys the portability of running. “Provided even a little window of opportunity, it’s something I can do wherever I am in the world.” Favorite run of all time: Grand Canyon.