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Ambassadors

Nina Clark

My name is Nina Clark. I grew up in Naples, FL and began my love of running at a young age. I ran on Varsity Cross Country & Track all 4 years of High School. I held the 800 meter school record for freshman and was the girls’ team captain of cross country my senior year. I continued running in college in Ohio and competed in the 400 meters, 800 meters, and the 4×400 meter relay in indoor track my freshman year. In 2012, I was sponsored as an athlete by the Lin Ladies High Performance team. Currently, I run on an all womens national team called the Oiselle Volee in which the company, Oiselle, is a women’s running clothing line. I enjoy running competitively in everything from the 5K to the marathon in races. I am very passionate about running and my mission is to spread the love of running to others! I hold my BA degree in Sports/Health & Wellness Management and I have done everything from health insurance, to managing a health club, personal training, and currently owning a Nutrition store in Madison, WI called Nutrition Shack. I’m very excited to be a part of the Madison Mini-Marathon team this year and usually compete in the 5K in this race! I encourage others to just get out there and run no matter how big or small of a goal you may have!

Julia Miller

I’m Julia Miller, and this is my 3rd year as an Ambassador for the Madison Mini Marathon, Madison’s BEST half marathon! I’ve run it every year except the first (I had just had a baby in 2009). 2019 will be my 10th time running the Madison Mini! I’ve run 6 full marathons and 20 half marathon. I also coach Girls on the Run, lead Moms Run This Town group runs, and am a Black Belt in Karate at Kicks Unlimited.

Teresa Fosdick

My running journey begins back in 2009, the year after my second child was born. Prior to that I only ran if someone was chasing me or if the ice cream truck was coming but after graduating with my nursing degree and having two small children, I was looking for something to help get my health in check and allow me some time to decompress after a long day. It started with a 5K with a friend in March 2009 and over time I increased my mileage and I ran my first half marathon at the Madison Mini Marathon in 2010. From that point I was hooked! Running became my “me” time, my stress relief and my challenge. I ran my first marathon in 2011 and have done 6 since. I have also finished 3 half ironman distance triathlons and 2 full Ironmans. This year will be my 7th time running the Madison Mini! Running has also turned me into a morning person, so now instead of decompressing after a long day, I start my day out right, with an early morning run! Even in the winter…sometimes on the dreadmill. Running and triathlon don’t consume all of time, I also enjoy CrossFit, bowling and bocce with my husband, as well as watching my 2 kiddos participate in their many activities: my 15 year old runs on both cross country and track and field teams at her high school (and can kick my butt in all running events) and also is currently learning to drive (yikes). My 12 year old also runs circles around me and is involved in soccer, basketball and bowling leagues. We also have a 14 year old black lab, who is happy we are all so busy now, so he can just sleep on the couch all day.Madison’s BEST half marathon! I’ve run it every year except the first (I had just had a baby in 2009). 2019 will be my 10th time running the Madison Mini! I’ve run 6 full marathons and 20 half marathon. I also coach Girls on the Run, lead Moms Run This Town group runs, and am a Black Belt in Karate at Kicks Unlimited.

Andrea Paradowski-Kuntz

Andrea currently lives in Milton, WI and balances a full-time job at WPS Health Solutions, Two Crazy Kids and Running! I have been running since high school (a LONG time ago). I ran for fitness throughout college and started running Marathons in my mid-twenties. I started doing triathlons after an injury sidelined me in my mid-twenties and completed Ironman Wisconsin twice! After 6 years of being an active triathlete, I took a break to have my kids and got back into running. I have recently added trail running to my resume and I absolutely love the variety it gives to my fitness routine. I will be running my first 50K Trail races this year, but the Half Marathon is still my favorite distance. I am so excited to be an ambassador for the Madison Mini this year – it is the perfect combination of my love of Madison and my love of the half marathon distance! Can’t wait to run with you all in 2018.

Emily J. Raykovich

Emily grew up in Madison and enjoyed a short collegiate running career at UW-Madison as a Badger, but it ended in overuse injuries and over-training. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2007 and now works at Meriter Hospital. She has been running competitively since high school, and has completed 22 marathons including 4 Boston Marathons and 3 Ironman triathlons. She loves to mix races and travel with her husband (racecation anyone?). She is excited to run the London Marathon this spring and then the Madison Mini Marathon this summer! She hopes to see many running friends and the Madison running community come out for this 10th annual celebration. Running PR’S: 3:13HR. marathon, 1:30HR. half marathon It started with a 5K with a friend in March 2009 and over time I increased my mileage and I ran my first half marathon at the Madison Mini Marathon in 2010. From that point I was hooked! Running became my “me” time, my stress relief and my challenge. I ran my first marathon in 2011 and have done 6 since. I have also finished 3 half ironman distance triathlons and 2 full Ironmans. This year will be my 7th time running the Madison Mini! Running has also turned me into a morning person, so now instead of decompressing after a long day, I start my day out right, with an early morning run! Even in the winter…sometimes on the dreadmill. Running and triathlon don’t consume all of time, I also enjoy CrossFit, bowling and bocce with my husband, as well as watching my 2 kiddos participate in their many activities: my 15 year old runs on both cross country and track and field teams at her high school (and can kick my butt in all running events) and also is currently learning to drive (yikes). My 12 year old also runs circles around me and is involved in soccer, basketball and bowling leagues. We also have a 14 year old black lab, who is happy we are all so busy now, so he can just sleep on the couch all day.Madison’s BEST half marathon! I’ve run it every year except the first (I had just had a baby in 2009). 2019 will be my 10th time running the Madison Mini! I’ve run 6 full marathons and 20 half marathon. I also coach Girls on the Run, lead Moms Run This Town group runs, and am a Black Belt in Karate at Kicks Unlimited.

Petra Kilian

When I started running it was mainly for stress relief. Now after 7 years I’ve found myself running more and more socially. I really enjoy seeing others break out of their shells and find passion in the same thing I do. Occupation: Purchasing Specialist, Rock County Hobbies: I don’t really have too many other hobbies, besides running. I enjoy wood working, and puttering around the yard at home. Other Running info: Ran in HS, College, Olympics; have run Ultras and triathlons. My running career originally started in the military. Then after that I took almost 10 years off. Started back up in 2006 to help with depression. Then took off and restarted in 2010. Since then I’ve been able to participate in over 75 various races. 5k’s were the beginning, building up to the 10k which quickly escalated to the ½ and soon after the Full Marathon. In 2016 I decided to take the plunge and dabble in Triathlons. Succeed, in a sprint, Olymipic and ½ Ironman distances. In 2017 I decided to take another challenge and succeeded in finishing a 50k. All this while still logging many miles on my feet. Each year I have a goal of 100 miles each month. I’m 3 years at keeping that goal, minus 2 months due to shoulder surgery. I’ve paced 5 half marathons and will continue as long as I can. Accomplishments: Number of Half Marathons: 25 Half Marathons Number of Full Marathons: 4 Full Marathons It started with a 5K with a friend in March 2009 and over time I increased my mileage and I ran my first half marathon at the Madison Mini Marathon in 2010. From that point I was hooked! Running became my “me” time, my stress relief and my challenge. I ran my first marathon in 2011 and have done 6 since. I have also finished 3 half ironman distance triathlons and 2 full Ironmans. This year will be my 7th time running the Madison Mini! Running has also turned me into a morning person, so now instead of decompressing after a long day, I start my day out right, with an early morning run! Even in the winter…sometimes on the dreadmill. Running and triathlon don’t consume all of time, I also enjoy CrossFit, bowling and bocce with my husband, as well as watching my 2 kiddos participate in their many activities: my 15 year old runs on both cross country and track and field teams at her high school (and can kick my butt in all running events) and also is currently learning to drive (yikes). My 12 year old also runs circles around me and is involved in soccer, basketball and bowling leagues. We also have a 14 year old black lab, who is happy we are all so busy now, so he can just sleep on the couch all day.Madison’s BEST half marathon! I’ve run it every year except the first (I had just had a baby in 2009). 2019 will be my 10th time running the Madison Mini! I’ve run 6 full marathons and 20 half marathon. I also coach Girls on the Run, lead Moms Run This Town group runs, and am a Black Belt in Karate at Kicks Unlimited.

Laurie Winkelman

Laurie currently resides in Appleton, WI but fondly recalls her days as an undergrad at UW-Madison, where she ran (very non-competitively) along the lakeshore while obtaining her B.S. in Dairy Science and Agricultural Journalism. Her love for running races really sparked while getting her M.S. Degree at The Ohio State University, completing the Columbus (Ohio) Marathon in 2004 and 2005. School, education, and a brief stint with roller derby interrupted her running, until she finished her Ph.D. at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and returned to Wisconsin in 2011 for her current job as a Dairy Nutritionist and technical consultant with Vita Plus (an employee-owned company based in Madison). Since 2011, Laurie has completed more than 30 marathons, boasting of personal best time of 3:18:43. She has completed 6 consecutive Boston Marathons, and has no plans of stopping there! In 2019, Laurie will complete her remaining World Marathon Majors with the London Marathon in April, and the Chicago Marathon in October (the other WMM completed so far Berlin 2017, Tokyo 2018, NYC 2018, Boston numerous times). Her long-term running goals are to take one international trip to run a marathon per year, run a marathon on all of the continents, and eventually hit all 50 states running a marathon. “I love the Madison Mini because it takes you on a running tour of the city I grew to love in school,” says Laurie. “It is a course that has some challenges with some hills throughout, but the post-race party at the Terrace can’t be beat.” Occupation: Purchasing Specialist, Rock County Hobbies: I don’t really have too many other hobbies, besides running. I enjoy wood working, and puttering around the yard at home. Other Running info: Ran in HS, College, Olympics; have run Ultras and triathlons. My running career originally started in the military. Then after that I took almost 10 years off. Started back up in 2006 to help with depression. Then took off and restarted in 2010. Since then I’ve been able to participate in over 75 various races. 5k’s were the beginning, building up to the 10k which quickly escalated to the ½ and soon after the Full Marathon. In 2016 I decided to take the plunge and dabble in Triathlons. Succeed, in a sprint, Olymipic and ½ Ironman distances. In 2017 I decided to take another challenge and succeeded in finishing a 50k. All this while still logging many miles on my feet. Each year I have a goal of 100 miles each month. I’m 3 years at keeping that goal, minus 2 months due to shoulder surgery. I’ve paced 5 half marathons and will continue as long as I can. Accomplishments: Number of Half Marathons: 25 Half Marathons Number of Full Marathons: 4 Full Marathons It started with a 5K with a friend in March 2009 and over time I increased my mileage and I ran my first half marathon at the Madison Mini Marathon in 2010. From that point I was hooked! Running became my “me” time, my stress relief and my challenge. I ran my first marathon in 2011 and have done 6 since. I have also finished 3 half ironman distance triathlons and 2 full Ironmans. This year will be my 7th time running the Madison Mini! Running has also turned me into a morning person, so now instead of decompressing after a long day, I start my day out right, with an early morning run! Even in the winter…sometimes on the dreadmill. Running and triathlon don’t consume all of time, I also enjoy CrossFit, bowling and bocce with my husband, as well as watching my 2 kiddos participate in their many activities: my 15 year old runs on both cross country and track and field teams at her high school (and can kick my butt in all running events) and also is currently learning to drive (yikes). My 12 year old also runs circles around me and is involved in soccer, basketball and bowling leagues. We also have a 14 year old black lab, who is happy we are all so busy now, so he can just sleep on the couch all day.Madison’s BEST half marathon! I’ve run it every year except the first (I had just had a baby in 2009). 2019 will be my 10th time running the Madison Mini! I’ve run 6 full marathons and 20 half marathon. I also coach Girls on the Run, lead Moms Run This Town group runs, and am a Black Belt in Karate at Kicks Unlimited.

Joyce Dieter

Joyce Dieter is an Independent Consultant and Executive Regional Vice President with Arbonne, International and is on a mission to empower those who want to do more and be more to create choices for themselves and their families so they can live their best life and a life without regrets. She has been advocating for health and wellness and partnering with individuals on how to achieve time and money freedom with Arbonne for a little over four years. Prior to Arbonne, she was a full-time corporate professional (project manager) in the insurance and healthcare industries. Joyce is a busy mom of three boys and resides just outside of Madison in Oregon, WI. Her hobbies include yoga, running and living life on purpose! She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA in Madison, WI and is active with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. This will be her 8th time running the Madison Mini Marathon. Joyce received her Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and also has an MBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia at Athens. She obtained her PMP certification from PMI in 2001.

Emma Bukowski

Emma discovered her love of running after moving back from China, where she had been living for a year. She was looking for something that would help improve her overall health, and running did just that. She ran her first half marathon in the spring of 2015, and ran her first full marathon this past fall. In addition to running, Emma loves indoor cycling. She’s a spin instructor at CycleBar Brookfield and will start teaching at the Madison locations when they open in spring. She loves encouraging people to find a way to move, whether it be running, cycling, yoga, or some other outdoor activity, she loves any opportunity to sweat with friends!

Lisa Bruening

Hello Fellow Runners/Walkers, My name is Lisa and I’m a 3rd-Year Ambassador for the Madison Mini Marathon! I’ve been a runner since the 4th Grade competing all the way from Sprints, to jumps, to throws, and even the Heptathlon! In college, I became very sick and eventually lost my ability to run. After 5 years of medical trial and errors and learning how to run again, my first event was a Half Marathon! Today I run with 2 types of Arthritis and battle other medical issues along the way. But with that being said, I still Get Up, Lace Up, and Am Active! I’d love to see you out there too! If I can, you can!! Anything is Possible if you are willing to try. So keep trying and I’ll see you all at the finish line!!! Madison’s BEST half marathon! I’ve run it every year except the first (I had just had a baby in 2009). 2019 will be my 10th time running the Madison Mini! I’ve run 6 full marathons and 20 half marathon. I also coach Girls on the Run, lead Moms Run This Town group runs, and am a Black Belt in Karate at Kicks Unlimited.

Suzanne Wood

As a runner, I’ll start by saying I hated running until I walked the 2-mile Crazy Legs in April 2012. It was that year that I watched people run into Camp Randall and through the finish line that I saw the high those runners got from completing the race! I started training on the treadmill at run/walk intervals and worked my way forward. I set August as my date to run my first 5K and chose the Madison Mini 5K. It was great fun and I even got my first medal! From there, I have done dozens of 5K, a Ragnar, duathlon, couple of Tough Mudders and 2 half marathons. To date, both half marathons were the Madison Mini. I ran my first one in 2015 and most recently in 2018 and got a PR. I have many more running goals ahead and can’t wait for the next challenge! With a new running season upon us and my latest goal of running the Chicago Marathon checked off my running bucket list, I am so excited to start training and help help spread the word as a Mini Ambassador that downtown Madison on August 17th is the place to be if you’re looking for a run that is both challenging and enjoyable. 😊

Shilo Titus

Petra grew up in Germany and moved to Madison in 2000! Starting in 2006 she got into racing triathlons, starting with the sprint and olympic distance and finally Ironman 70.3 and Ironman distance triathlon racing. She completed more than 10 70.3’s, including the World Championship, Clearwater, Florida in 2009 and 6 IRONMAN distance triathlons. Starting in 2014, after completing her last Ironman distance triathlon in Austria, Petra started to compete in open marathons, (and plenty half marathon races), including the Boston marathon in 2017 and 2018 as well as competing in Open Water ultra swim races and cycling events. She has completed LA VUELTA in PUERTO RICO bike event 9 times. Her next races will be the Kilimanjaro marathon in East Africa, Tanzania in March 2018, Boston Marathon in April and the Chicago marathon this October. When Petra is not running, cycling, swimming or racing, she loves to spend time with friends and family and mostly her son Nicholas (14) who is a passionate soccer player! She loves cooking, hiking and most of all traveling the world. Petra is an ambassador for the Red Sweater Project in Tanzania East Africa, and is also passionate about aviation and is a student private pilot. Petra currently coaches a pool of runners and triathletes realizing their dreams from competing to qualifying for Ironman World Championships or the Boston marathon. She owned Speed Cycling LLC in Fitchburg; starting out in November of 2010 until the late summer of 2017 which served as a indoor cycling training facility for the Madison cycling and triathlon community. She managed and facilitated multiple triathlon camps and outdoor training sessions over the years. Now, Petra coaches under the name of “Speed Cycling Online” and keeps inspiring others to reach for their athletic dreams and goals. Presently, she is an ambassador for Madison’s Clean Lake Alliance “Shoreline” Open Water Swim race on July 28th, 2018, and for the inaugural “Arbor Ridge” trail race on August 4th, 2018 in Janesville. Most of all, Petra is excited and working with the Marketing team to build the “Madison Mini Marathon & 5k” races even bigger for race day, August 18th, 2018 and is very excited to make it the best race yet, celebrating its 10th year. Accomplishments: Marathons: 3x Grandma’s marathon, Duluth, MN (June 2013, June 2015 & June 2016) Revel Canyon, California marathon (2015) Philadelphia marathon (November 2016) Boston marathon (2x: April 2017, April 2018) Kilimanjaro marathon (March 2018) Chicago marathon (October 2018) Not listed are half marathons! Some (half & full distance) Ironman races: Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin 2007 Half Ironman Door County 2006, 2007 Ironman 70.3, St. Croix, USVI 2009 Ironman Wisconsin, Madison 2008 Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden, Germany 2009 Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Clearwater, Florida 2009 Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, LO 2013 Ironman 70.3 Galviston, TX 2012 Ironman Germany, Regensburg 2010 Challenge Roth, Bavaria 2011 Ironman Florida 2012 Ironman European Championships, Frankfurt 2013 Ironman Austria 2014 Open Water Swim Races & Challenges: Golden Gate Bridge Open Water Challenge, San Fransisco, 1.2 miles (2016) Big Shoulders, Chicago, 5k race (2017) Madison Crossing Lake Mendota, 10k swim (2010) Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, St. Fransisco (2012)

Patrick Cunniffe

I began my love affair with endurance sports back in Chicago in 2002; Running is where it all began for me (and continues)! I am a recent transplant from Chicago – moved to Madison area 2 yrs ago. Since then I have finished 12 marathons, a 50K trail race, 6 Ironman’s, and other triathlons and running races. So far, my body (and mind) have not let me down – just takes more recovery time, including yoga. Alas, I must carve out time to spend with my wife and three kids. But, the family has come in handy as good support crew not to mention my wife’s patience! I am currently in the Harbor Master’s swim club at Harbor Athletic; I never regret a 5:30 am swim! In the off season I also enjoying snow shoeing and cross country skiing; both sports has served as excellent cross training! As a Mini Marathon ambassador my mission is to encourage others to get into running!

Rachel Kreif

My name is Rachel Kreif and this is my first year being an ambassador for the Madison Mini Marathon! While I grew up enjoying gym class, once I finished school, I was quite inactive. I would have short stints when I would go to the gym, but I was never able to commit for very long. It wasn’t until 2016, when I convinced my boyfriend to run CrazyLegs with me, that my running journey finally began. After that first runner’s high, I was hooked and decided to sign-up for my first half marathon – the Madison Mini. I chose the Mini because it incorporated everything I love about this city – from the Farmer’s Market to the Arboretum to the Union, the Madison Mini is a tour that highlights what makes Madison… Madison. 🙂 Since 2016 I’ve been fortunate to run 9 half marathons (including the Mini in 2016, 2017, & 2018) and various other distances and types of races (including 5ks, 10ks, a 20k, & a marathon). 2019 is going to be a BIG year with 2 half Ironmans, the Chicago Marathon, and numerous other races… but I can’t wait to cross that Madison Mini finish line with all of you – hopefully with another Mini PR! See you there!!!