Julia Miller

I’m Julia Miller, and this is my 6th year as an Ambassador for the Madison Mini Marathon, Madison’s BEST half marathon! I’ve run it every year except the first. 2022 will be my 13th time running the Madison Mini! I’ve run 9 full marathons and 29 half marathons. I love being involved in the local running community, including working for Girls on the Run and pacing for Fleet Feet.

Victoria Claas

Victoria has been running half marathons since 1997 and has run 28 half marathons to date. The half marathon is her favorite distance!

Victoria attended UW-Madison and has lived in the area ever since. Victoria is a school counselor, and she enjoys reading, running, walking, and yoga.

Victoria has a husband and 2 children who enjoy running, walking, swimming, and soccer. They have all cheered her on for different races and have each participated in some races with her.

Victoria is a pacer for some of the local 1/2 marathons. Victoria hopes to get to know many other runners along this journey! 

The Madison Mini is Victoria’s favorite race, and she ran the Madison Mini half marathon the past 7 years. Because of her connection to UW-Madison, it is always a nostalgic and fun experience!  She loves all the people who come out to cheer on the runners and the post-race celebration at the Memorial Union Terrace. I can’t wait to see you all at the 2022 Madison Mini Half Marathon!

Rachel Martinez

My name is Rachel Martinez, I am a 46-year young mama, Group Fitness Director/Instructor, Trainer and runner! I began running in the summer of 2009 as a way to mix up my workouts and to try something different;) I ran my first 5k in December of 2009 and I was HOOKED on races! I learned a lot from that race..especially as a rookie running outside in the winter lol. I have run numerous 5k’s, 10k’s, half’s (of course including Madison Mini) and took on my first full marathon in October of 2020.

I found a local women’s running group in 2019, She Runs this Town, here in West Bend and it was one of the best things that happened-I have met some amazing, supportive women! Without their support and motivation, that full would have ever happened. Since Lakefront was cancelled, we ran our own; with the help of one our friends he created our training plan, our route and friends and family came out to support.

Running is a constant in my life, whether solo or on morning group runs, I love the way it makes me feel after.  With my group, have introduced trail running ( Ice Age) into the mix and have fallen in love with the peacefulness and beauty it brings. Running helped me get through the shutdown last year and I have met and made so many awesome people!

I recently formed a running group at the gym where I work and it is awesome! I love meeting new runners, talking run talk lol and  pushing and motivating myself and each other.

If you are new to running, enjoy every ounce of it, never worry about pace or what anyone else is doing! Be you and do you! Happy Running 🏃🏽‍♀️

Brit Ben-Zikri

Hi, I’m Brit! This is my first year as an ambassador for the Madison Mini, but far from my first time running it. Year after year I come back for the course, the crowds, and the finish line party! I grew up in a small farming community but have called the Madison-area home since 2008. I didn’t start running until well after college, mostly to stay healthy and manage stress. Now it’s a goal of mine to run a marathon in every state. When I’m not running, you can find me with my family, a lovely husband and two rambunctious little boys. We recently moved to Verona, and I’ve been exploring the paths and trails in the area since we got settled a few months ago. I can’t wait to see all of you at this year’s race!

Elizabeth Primrose

While Elizabeth Primrose currently resides in Machesney Park, IL, she is all about Wisconsin. She has completed 8 marathons, all but one in Wisconsin. The Madison Mini holds a special place in her heart, having volunteered with her dear friend Tammy, and ran for her in 2014/14. It is by far, the best race, and the tradition of “icing” her feet in the lake with a cold beer afterwards is the best! 

Caitlyn Slawny

Caitlyn is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and PhD student at UW—Madison. She ran her first Madison Mini Half Marathon in 2013 and went on to run 5 additional half marathons and 1 full marathon. This year will be her 3rd Madison Mini (in person)! Caitlyn is also a 3rd degree black belt in karate. She loves her Golden Retriever, Wrigley, and enjoys traveling.

Rory Shefchek

My name is Rory Shefchek and this is my second year as an ambassador for the Madison Mini Marathon and 5k; I am so excited for it to be in person in 2022! I have run countless half and full marathons over the years and primarily run ultra marathons of 50k to 100 mile distance now but the Madison Mini is one half marathon I make sure to fit in as it is a trip unique race. I enjoy trail running, kayaking, rock climbing and hanging out with my two dogs Riley and Rheya. Hope to see you out at the race toeing the line in 2022!

Interested in becoming a Madison Mini Ambassador? Apply here!