Three years after his first race he's chasing a Boston Qualifier in the most competitive G/AG as well as a sub-3:00 marathon. After this he has his sights set on getting back into Ultras and his first 140.6 distance Ironman Tri. Running changed his life for the better. Vinnie feels empowered by running because no matter what else is happening in his life, his training and his goals are my own. Every step of the way Vinnie is in control.
As a hobby, Jerlyn trains for triathlons and ultramarathons. She has done 5 ultras (first on snow and ice, -2 degrees and her furthest being 50 miles at the North Face Endurance Challenge). She’s currently training for NYC Triathlon and hopes to eventually do the half ironman on St. Criox where she grew up. Currently she is a digital Art Director in NYC. Follow her blog as well at designladynyc.com
Marnie Kunz is a lifelong runner, dating back to the days of baggy sweat pants, stopwatches and clunky running shoes. Running has offered as many mental benefits as physical for Marnie, helping her cope with many life challenges. Marnie enjoys spreading the running love with her company Runstreet, which leads art runs around NYC. Marnie is also a running coach. She loves circuits, track workouts and calisthenics training. Although she has run the NYC Marathon, Marnie is currently focusing on shorter races as she comes back from injury. She has her sights set on beating her college mile PR. When she's not running, Marnie is eating, Snapchatting or wandering around exploring the city's street art.
An Oregon native, Darcy moved east 12 years ago to study interior architecture + design. She started running 9 years ago, after dating a Nike pacer who gave her her first pair of running shoes. He didn’t last…but the running did! After many LONG nights in working at design offices, and midnight running commutes home, she joined SoulCycle’s design team, and finally found a place that brought together her love for design and fitness! When Darcy isn't designing SoulCycle studios on the west coast, she is directing unsanctioned running races in the New York City! She is co-founder of Take the Bridge, New York's premier urban running race. She has also served as President of the New York Harriers running club, and as running director of the Red Hook Crit 5K, the fastest 5-k race in New York City. Darcy is a nationally certified running coach who has trained dozens of runners as a pacer for Nike+ Run Club and coach for the New York Harriers.
Mirna Valerio, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is a Spanish teacher, diversity director, cross-country coach, ultrarunner, OCR enthusiast, and blogger. Mirna blogs about all things running appear at Fat Girl Running and in Women’s Running Magazine. Mirna's athletic story was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Runner’s World, on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and on the CW Network. She is a global ambassador for Merrell, an ambassador for Skirt Sports, and an athlete for Swiftwick. She is married to Cito Nikiema, and together they have a basketball-loving teenage son, Rashid. She loves being in nature and frequently runs trails in the north Georgia mountains.