Ambassadors

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.

Victoria Claas

Victoria grew up in Door County and then attended UW-Madison.  She’s been in the area ever since and currently lives in Sun Prairie.

Victoria is a school counselor, and she enjoys reading, running,
walking, yoga, and strength training in her free time.
Victoria and her husband celebrated their 20th anniversary this year!
They have 2 children; their daughter is a senior, and she is planning
to attend college next year.  Their daughter is a swimmer and although she does not claim to be a runner, she will walk the 17 mile Syttende Mai.  (This will be their 2nd year of walking together.)  Their son is a 7th grader, and he enjoys playing soccer and running.  He participates in cross country and track, and he has ran a number of 5ks over the past couple of years.

In 2017, Victoria ran her first marathon.  She has been running 1/2
marathons since 1997 and has run 23 1/2 marathons to date.  Her plan is to run 7 more in 2020 to complete a total of 30…  (goal setting is important for overall training).

Victoria is currently 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 1/2 marathon the past 5 years.  Because of her connection to UW-Madison, it is always a nostalgic experience!  She loves all the people who come out to cheer on the runners and the enjoyable time at the Memorial Union Terrace after the race.

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 🏃🏽‍♀️

Austin Schulte

Meet Austin! Austin works in the marketing department for an elastomer bumper manufacturer in Geneva, IL. If you are training on treadmill for the Madison Mini during these cold months. TecsPak® bumpers are helping you out by absorbing the impact force that is being exerted while you run on the treadmill. Austin has been married to his best friend and beautiful wife Natalie for over four years and they have one son and are expecting a second child in March. The family also has a dog that is part lab and dachshund so she looks like a lab puppy, but she is 6 years old. In his spare time you can find him watching different genres of movies, but anything superhero and Disney related are his favorite. He also enjoys playing video games, cheering on the NIU Huskies, watching hockey (Ice Hogs and Blackhawks) and cooking. Austin is new to running and last year the Madison Mini was his first half marathon! His favorite runs always involve his running buddy (his two year old son). Running has helped Austin lose over 80 lbs. since he started in September of 2018. Austin is looking forward to running with everyone in the 2020 Madison Mini!

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 over 20 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 get back into running after having a her first child this winter and building up the miles for the Madison Mini Marathon this summer! Last year she raced the Madison Mini when she was 17 weeks pregnant! She hopes to see many running friends and the Madison running community come out for this 11th annual celebration.

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.

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Do you love the Madison Mini Marathon & 5K? Apply to become an Ambassador here.