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
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 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.