Are you passionate about running?
Do you enjoy attending events and meeting new people?
Become an ambasSRAdor!

2018 AmbasSRAdor Program

Are you passionate about the California International Marathon?
Do you enjoy meeting new people?
Become an AmbasSRAador!

AmbasSRAdor Benefits:

  • Complimentary ambasSRAdor apparel and swag
  • Complementary & discounted SRA race entries
  • Invites to ambaSRAdor social events
  • Opportunity to earn additional gifts based on involvement
  • Discounts on SRA and CIM online merchandise

What does an AmbasSRAdor do?
AmbasSRAdor’s help SRA make Sacramento a more vibrant running community!

AmbasSRAdor’s should be:

  • Passionate and active runners
  • Outgoing and friendly people
  • Able to make a one-year commitment to the Sacramento community

One-Year Commitment Includes:

  • Active on personal social media accounts
  • Ability to write a blog post on SRA page
  • Participation at all SRA major events
  • Volunteer at least 2 other SRA community events
  • Wearing your SRA/CIM apparel to events and races

The application process is currently closed.

2018 SRA AmbasSRAdors

Andrea Brietzke

Hey all! I am so excited to hit the ground running, literally, to help grow the amazing running community in Sacramento. You can find me running in what I call my backyard, the American River bike trails, and showing up for just about every local race or running club I can. When I’m not running I’m home cuddling with my cats and hubby while watching anything on Food Network or chilling with the mouse himself at Disneyland. Make sure to wave or say hello next time you see me out and about, I’m always up for meeting new running friends.

Janessa Reed

Hi everyone, my name is Janessa. I started running a couple of years ago as a means to lose weight after having kids. But three half marathons and two full marathons later, running has now become a lifestyle that has taught me that I am stronger and more capable than I ever imagined. Sacramento has so many great places to run and most weekends you can find me along the beautiful American River Parkway. Our local running community is amazing, and thanks to the support and encouragement that I have received from other runners, I have decided to set a goal for myself that I once thought was impossible…qualifying for the Boston Marathon! I feel so honored to have been chosen to help represent The Sacramento Running Association and I am looking forward to a fantastic 2018!

Elyse Garza

I grew up a small town girl from the Central Valley Sierra Nevadas and later graduated from Sonoma State University before moving to Sacramento for a change of scenery. Currently, I have a career as a Flight Attendant (that I love more than anything) and while I was fortunate to live in Las Vegas and then San Francisco for a while, I was so excited to re-establish myself back in Sacramento at the beginning of last year. THAT, is when my passion for running went to a whole other level. Sacramento’s community of runners is unlike any other. As cliche as that sounds, its the truth. At any given time of day you can be on the American River Parkway or downtown and witness runners in training mode or simply in their stress relieving element. For me, I started running as a way of physical fitness, but once I discovered what it not only did for my body, but my mind, heart, and sole — I was hooked!

Now, four years since I started my journey and ran my first race, it truly is a magical feeling to know that today, I’m even more in love with my run life than I could’ve ever imagined.

I am SO excited for the 2018 season and hope everyone else is also looking forward to running ALL the miles & having ALL the fun.

Michele Sage

Hi everyone! My name is Michele (Instagram: _sage_120) and I am a runner who is fueled by plants (and doughnuts)! Running has always had this magical way of making me feel at peace and it’s given me the opportunity to work through anything that is weighing on my mind, especially during a long run. After training for the Philadelphia Marathon in 2016, the journey of the training process allowed me to see just how capable I am and it has helped me appreciate my own strength (both mental and physical) and my ability to persevere. I’m so excited to be part of this running community and I’m looking forward to meeting other fellow runners who will continuously inspire me here in Sacramento!

Joanyett Mays-Scott

I am a registered nurse and I’ve been running since 2010 with the goal of controlling my anxiety and depression. My end goal is to raise awareness in the Sacramento community (and all communities) about the importance of mental health. What I love most about running in Sacramento is the wonderful people that I meet of all nationalities. Depression knows no boundaries. I hope to be an example to someone of someone who fights anxiety and depression daily and wins.

J.D. Formica

I started running for the same reason many others do, to get back into shape and drop some weight. I didn’t realize the mental benefits that came with it, but that is now the main reason I run. I have run a variety of distances since I began running almost 10 years ago, both road and trail, and completed my first marathon in 2016 (CIM). I’m proud to say that I just joined the Fleet Feet Racing team and I’m excited to see the growth this year will bring. My current goals are to continue increasing mileage, improve my speed and overall physical and mental fitness.

Amanda Ramirez

I actually got into running in the Fall of 2014 after a life changing break-up. On a whim, decided to run the 2014 Run To Feed The Hungry as a way to channel my current frustrations. Up to this point, I never played sports growing up and I didn’t get into sports until I was in my late 20s when I started to play roller derby. By 2017, I started running as many races as I could and even joined Fleet Feets Run Crew and the Sloppy Moose Running Club, which I bring my furry canine running partner in crime, Chorizo Sausage, with me! I love how accepting the Sac running community is of me, as I don’t look like the stereotypical “runner”! I am honored to be an ambassador for SRA, and to show people that runners come in all shapes and sizes and even us big girls can be runners, too. I am by no means the fastest runner, but I give every run 100% and always finish no matter what!

Liz Vaage

I never thought that what started with a race just to earn a Tiffany necklace 11 years ago would turn into a deep love of running and fitness. Since my first Nike Women’s Marathon in 2007, I have run 22 additional full marathons (including 8 CIMs – shout out to the loyal runner club!), and countless other races. Running brings me great joy, challenges me and has introduced me to some of the most motivating, supportive and positive people in my life. I am looking forward to adding some new friends to my running family and giving back to the community that has given me so much love through the years.

Stacy Baade

My name is Stacy Baade. I am a wife, mom, coffee shop owner, Ironman, and a kidney recipient. I started running after I received my donated kidney. My first goal was to complete CIM which I did a year after my transplant. Since then I’ve ran thousands of miles on our beautiful trails. The Sacramento running community is made up of some of the best people and I end up chatting with many of them during some of my training runs.

Ernesto Basa

My name is Ernesto. I am born and raised in the great city of Sacramento and very proud of it, thus #SacramentoProud, GO KINGS! I started my running journey in 2013 with Sacramento’s Run to feed the Hungry 10k run. I started running because I didn’t want to be overweight any more. Thanks to running, I went from 220 pounds to currently 190 pounds and still going! Sushi buffets and burritos are still life though!

Paricia Becklehimer

My name is Paricia but my friends call me Bee. I was born in Los Angeles & raised here in Sacramento. I work full time for a title company as well as an avid runner. When I’m not running I enjoy relaxing at home and catching up on my favorite Netflix shows or out eating delicious food at local mid/downtown restaurants with my friends. Everything in life became so much clearer when I started running, it’s more than just a hobby it’s truly a lifestyle. Running has changed my life for the better & has molded me into the person I’ve always wanted to be, strong as heck! I never knew what passion really meant until I found running and the running community!

2018 CIM Ambassador Program

Are you passionate about the California International Marathon?

Do you enjoy meeting new people?

Become a CIM Ambassador!

2018 CIM Ambassador Program

Are you passionate about the California International Marathon?

Do you enjoy meeting new people?

Become a CIM Ambassador!

CIM Ambassador Benefits:

  • Complimentary entry into CIM (reimbursement if you have already entered for 2018)
  • CIM apparel package
  • Gifts from our sponsors
  • Featured on our website and blog
  • Referral code to push out and chance to earn rewards

What does a CIM Ambassador do?

CIM Ambassadors help spread the word about CIM to their community!

Ambassador’s should be:

  • Passionate and active runners
  • Outgoing and friendly people
  • Able to make a one-year commitment (January – December)

One-Year Commitment Includes:

  • Active on personal social media accounts posting about CIM
  • CIM Instagram takeover during local large events
  • Involvement with local running clubs
  • Organize a community run to promote CIM
  • Help at the CIM Expo (Nov. 30 – Dec. 1)

The application process is currently closed.

Alana Kopelson
My name is Alana Kopelson. I started running in 2015 and have since ran 7 marathons. I am so excited to be a CIM ambassador because after running it in 2017, it has become one of my favorite marathons. CIM has a “small town” atmosphere, yet the crowd support was incredible and there was so much positive energy throughout the entire course. I can’t wait to come back and race again in 2018 and share my excitement for the race with others. Running has taught me so many different lessons, but most importantly it it taught me that I am strong and capable of achieving hard things.

Alys DiMercurio
I’m so honored and excited to be a CIM ambassador for 2018! My name is Alys (pronounced uh-lease) & I reside 90 minutes north of Sacramento in beautiful Chico, CA. I’ve been a runner since age 10 & began running half marathons in 2006. From 2012-2015 I experienced serious struggles with mental health which threatened my life, so today I consider running and fitness to be a huge part of my continued recovery and happiness. I didn’t graduate to my first full marathon until 2017 on a dare from a friend; at first I was resistant – but naturally I got hooked, with CIM being my 3rd and best one yet! This was my first point-to-point marathon, and the experience of beginning at breaking dawn light and ending several cities away in the sunshine beneath the Capitol building was an unforgettable experience. I cannot wait to do it again, and I hope you’ll come join me on this world-class course.

Arthur Santos
I run for my health, to provide inspiration for friends and family, and to honor all my patients (I fight cancer). I LOVE CIM for many reasons: fast downhill course, organization, cool weather, but most of all because of the AWESOME vibe!

Brooke Zeil
I am a mom of two boys and wife who loves traveling around the world, playing and watching live music, and running. I am a former orchestra teacher turned part-time stay at home mom/Virgin America Airlines teammate. Running for me is a time to be present, relax, and have fun. I get competitive with myself on race day and try to hit goal paces, but the experience of training with friends and my kids on long runs, and the hours of meaningful conversations is what brings me back again and again to running. I am excited to be a CIM ambassador this year because last year’s race showed what an amazing community the Sacramento area has and I want to tell everyone how amazing it is to run a race where people are lining the street cheering you on the entire way and where other runners are encouraging each other the entire way.

Charles Quan
I was born and raised in California. I discovered running at a very young age and caught the marathon bug after 2013 at CIM. My love for running has brought me many opportunities and I share this joy with many others in the San Francisco running community. Since CIM 2013, I have ran Boston, Chicago, Grandma, and Hong Kong, just to name a few. California International Marathon remains special as it was my first ever marathon and have Boston Qualified each time running this great race. I hope this opportunity can help me inspire more people to discover the sport of running and for 5k/10k runners to stride for the marathon at CIM 2018.

Kimberly Chanelle Clark
After deciding to run a marathon on a whim in high school the day before the race untrained, I took back on the marathon in 2012 for my ten year anniversary of that first marathon to see what training for one would be like. I didn’t expect to love running like I did and I haven’t stopped since. After some bumps in my journey, CIM 2017 was a breakthrough race for me & I’m so excited to come back out to CIM this year. I love CIM because it’s just the very best race. The course is so pretty & has great support along the way and Sacramento is such a beautiful city. Everything put into this experience makes it such an amazing event. I could not have enjoyed my experience more at CIM last year and cannot wait to be back!

Leilani Huerta
Hi, I’m Leilani (Lani). I’m a lover all of running and lifting related things. Runner for over 17 years and still learning a lot about marathon running. I became a marathoner in 2012, it took me two years to want to run another one in hopes to qualify for Boston. I ran CIM for the first time in 2014 earning my first BQ by 7 seconds. Although, I knew that getting into Boston was not possible that year, I came back in 2015 hungrier than ever for a good BQ time that would guarantee me a spot in Boston. I ran a great race and earned by marathon PR and BQ a time of 3:28. CIM holds a special place and is by far my favorite marathon course as it holds my current PR. I’m hoping that this year, I will walk away with a shiny PR along the course with many of you.

Lindsay McClelland
Lindsay McClelland discovered running after graduating from college where she swam competitively. Craving a community and a sport that would keep her active (and sane) she found running. Thirteen marathons and countless other races later, she hasn’t turned back! Lindsay lives and trains in Houston, TX where she runs a marketing business and teaches yoga. Having grown up in NorCal, CIM was a natural fit. Lindsay ran her first CIM in 2016 which was also her first BQ and huge PR — one of the best parts was running the race with her dad and best friend (everyone walked away with a BQ!). She loves the fast course, incredible weather, and welcoming running community Sacramento has to offer and can’t wait for 2018!

Marie O’Reilly
I’m an Irish girl living in Cincinnati, and run because I love exploring new parts of this beautiful planet with people who love to run with me. Running has enabled me to meet wonderful new friends in my adopted home, here in the USA, and help others, from coaching new marathoners at our local running club, to fundraising to help treat and fund research and cures for kids’ cancers with Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. Running has brought me to your beautiful area of Northern California, to run my fastest marathon yet at CIM (by 25 minutes!!), just this past year. I’m not sure if it’s the super friendly pace team, and volunteers, the best organized race I’ve come across, the fastest I’ve been able to run, or the beautiful countryside surrounding Sacramento, and Folsom. Whatever it is, I’m super excited, proud, and honored to represent this race. I’m excited to expand my running (as my adopted 3 yr old nephew, Toby says) “flamily” !

Michael Jovel
I am from Maryland and have been running for a little over two years. I started running after my father’s sudden stroke caused me to reevaluate my unhealthy lifestyle. As a result I signed up for my first half marathon and have not looked back. I completed my first marathon last year, an accomplishment which I previously thought that I could never achieve. I have heard great things about CIM and I am incredibly excited to participate and share the journey with everyone. For me running not only represents physical transformation but also a complete change in outlook for the better.

Michelle Faith
Hello, my name is Michelle Frew and I’m a wife of 26 years and a mom to Justine, 26 and Zachary, 24. I found running while on vacation in San Francisco in 2012. September of 2013 I did my first half marathon. I feel so lucky and I’m very excited to get to represent CIM, this well known and loved race. I do love sharing my running journey with others. I’m trying to run all 50 states. I’m currently on state 30. Running has given me so much, changed me in ways I’m very thankful for.

Shivali Chag
I am Shivali, a cake eating runner based in San Francisco Bay Area. My love for running began 3 short years ago when I wanted to accomplish something that I believed I could never do. I was 210+ pounds and unhappy with my health. From being someone who “ran away” from running to someone who sets up alarms to go for her morning runs, I have come a long way. My motivation has changed over time and running has never been easy for me, but I love it! I realized that the process, the ups and downs and the moments that you find your joy – wherever it is – is what makes it perfect for everyone!

In 2015, I caught the running bug and I gradually completed 13 halfs & 1 full to date. I am truly honored and excited to represent the CIM and it will always be special to me since this was my first full marathon.

Stephanie Dunlap
My name is Steph, but on all the socials, I’m known as RunStrongRun. This is my second year as a CIM ambassador and I’m so excited! CIM is hands down one of my favorite races due to it being a hometown race for me, its course, spectators, and the organization! I’ve not always been a runner. In 2012, I went from couch potato to marathoner. Since then, I’ve ran over 15 full marathons! I enjoy pacing 3-hour half marathons and 6-hour full marathons to encouraging those who may be running their first half or full marathon. We are all runners, no matter our pace!