On July 19, 2013, Shave the Whales will hit the starting line of the Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay in Blaine, WA. We will traverse over 200 miles along the Pacific coastline before finally ending in Langley on Whidbey Island.
Here’s a brief introduction to the team:
Team Captain and runner #1 Brian grew up playing volleyball in the Midwest. He was talked into his first marathon in 2007, by a bourbon drinking, smoking graphic designer he met in a hotel bar in Atlanta. He is now an avid runner who e-coaches adults across the United States while coaching Jr. High and High School athletes in Cross Country and Track & Field at a small private school in Florida.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys driving sketchy white vans, decorating with Christmas lights and long runs with strangers in the middle of the night. He has a Ph.D. in Oceanography with a specialty in numerical modeling and has a mean Ragnar-estimated-times spreadsheet (Email us for a copy.) This is Brian’s 6th Ragnar Relay of 2013 and the 17th of his overnight relay career. He lives in St. Petersburg, FL, with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog, Kaboodles.
Runner #2 Christine enjoyed track in grade school. When she turned 50 this year, she wanted to make a bucket list of 50 events/accomplishments/ etc. for 2013. Several years ago in conjunction with recovering from surgery, it became apparent to her that she never lost her love for running and the sedentary slowdown recovering from surgery magnified the importance of jumping back into this activity. She has built up a regime for the last three years. She chose The Ragnar as the first of 50 for her bucket list.
Christine is a hobby beekeeper with three hives. She consider herself an “Ambassador of Bees”.
Why Bees? They are a multifaceted subject; here are three characteristics she enjoys about them;
- Honey bees are masters of “Team -work” They have complex communication systems which allow them to coordinate their activities and engage in collective problem-solving and decision-making.
- Honeybees have incredible “Strength and Endurance”: The honey bee’s wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour. The honeybee carries up to 1/2 its bodyweight of nectar. They never sleep and work until they drop dead!
- Honey bees provide “Energy”; they are the only insect that makes food for humans. In a spoonful, it has a chemical composition of 38% fructose, 31% Glucose, 9% sucrose. Honey also contains trace acids, minerals, vitamins and amino acids which can pass into the bloodstream in 10 minutes to produce quick energy. Ever since the days of the Olympic games of Ancient Greece, athletes have been eating honey as part of their training.
Christine looks forward to competing in the Ragnar, just as the infamous quote states from Muhammad Ali, Christine intends to “Float like a butterfly, sting like a Bee”!
Runner #3 Lynda is 53 years old and married to the love of her life, Dean. She has 3 grown children (and thanks god that job is over) and works full time as a Long Term Care Aid on a special care unit. She works with elderly demented folks so she’ll get along just fine with the rest of us. Lynda used to think running was stupid before a running clinic in 1996 changed her mind. As a teenager she was a lifeguard and has always loved the endurance “thingy”. She may not be fast but she always makes it to the end. Having already run the The Napa Valley Relay, this will be Lynda’s second Ragnar experience. She has set a goal to run one a year. She also likes a Canadian relay called the edge2edge. Outside of relays, Lynda has run 7 half marathons and various smaller runs. She has lived on Vancouver Island most of her life and can not see herself living anywhere else. She enjoys swimming and bike riding has done several triathlons. Overall, she’s just an average sports enthusiastic Canadian that likes beer and eats beef.
Runner #4 Jim grew up in California the oldest of 5 siblings, though he has 2 half sisters who are a decade older and moved away when he was very young. Named for both his grandfathers, James and Charles, he likes to believe he is the embodiment of their adventurousness. He is married and has two adult children who live, work, and attend school in the Midwest.
Jim is a 30-year veteran of the United States Navy. He traveled all over the world, and retired three years ago as a Command Master Chief. He is now a Work and Family Life Consultant for the Navy – training and educating Sailors, Marines, and their family members in the fine art of navigating military life.
He and his wife live in Oak Harbor, WA, where he enjoys everything to do with the outdoors – specifically; digging around in the garden, hiking, backpacking, and occasionally running.
Runner #5 Andy used to run in high school, but since that time has spent 20 years working mainly at Microsoft staring at screens all day. In that time, he found himself with considerable less hair and considerably more sail area, so about a year ago he traded an assault rifle for a mountain bike and got himself into shape. Within a year he graduated from barely finishing a 5K to totally finishing a 50K (www.bhs50.com), and now is setting his sights on a 50-mile ultra after Ragnar Northwest Passage.
A great heroic lion of a man, his good looks and charm are matched only by his vast reservoir of humility. He has a smoking hot wife, two reasonably satisfactory daughters, and a dog who is dumber than a bag of hammers. He still works at Microsoft as a contract negotiator, bending obstreperous foreign telephone companies to his steely will.
Runner #6 Jinelle – Jinelle is a nurse practitioner and works and lives on Vancouver Island. Jinelle is married and has two beautiful girls and plans to go to China next year and run a marathon on the Great Wall of China and spend time with her eldest daughter watching pandas. Jinelle and Lynda (Runner #3) met while working at the same facility, and found a common interest in running. They have run the Snow to Surf Relay in the Comox Valley. This race starts at the top of a ski mountain has 7 legs, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, two runner legs, mountain bike, kayaking, road bike, and finally a canoe that brings the last two members down the estuary to the Comox harbor. The rewards include drinking beer at the end. Jinelle is one of those people that is pretty much good at trying anything at least once. This is her first Ragnar and she is looking forward to all of the shenanigans.
Van #1 Support Staff
Team Mom Raffi has over 16 years of Mommy-ing under her belt. She sorts out the details & graphic design for our events, and makes sure the water bottles are kept on ice. As the online Editor of digitalrunning.com, her years of writing, marketing & graphic design experience come in handy. Her past experience includes stints with Mercury Records, Rolling Stone magazine and the St. Petersburg Times. Raffi is kind of a health nut, and loves Yoga, dark chocolate, Disney and reading. She lives in Florida with her husband and two teenage daughters. This is her 16th time not running Ragnar.
Runner #7 Adina is a recovering junk-food addict and former couch slug. Weighing almost 230lbs when she moved to Florida seven years ago, this former fatty took up running to accelerate her weight loss. Soon after completing her first 5k in 2008, she found that she really enjoyed running and the bling that she acquired along the way. But it wasn’t until she completed her first half-marathon in December of 2009 that she discovered what she was truly capable of and the lunacy of running long distance took hold. And then, in January of 2013, a new form of psychosis set in and she discovered Ragnar. After completing the Ragnar Florida Keys 2013 Relay, she knew that she had found her new favorite “vacation”. She ran in Ragnar Cape Cod and this will be her third Ragnar for the year. Not to worry, this mother of two (12 & 14) manages to cling to her sanity by tormenting her children and “CrossFitting”.
Runner #8 Cory loves her cowbell and not just because she is originally from Wisconsin. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington, and works at Microsoft. Cory ran her first half marathon in November of 2011, and followed it with the NW Passage Ragnar Relay that following summer! Loving the insanity of it all, she convinced three friends to fly from Seattle to Wisconsin, not only to show them her beautiful hometown, but to run the Chicago Ragnar this past June. Now addicted to the challenge, camaraderie, and the medals… well, and the cowbell… Cory is back to run Ragnar Relay NW Passage with the Digital Running team!
Runner #9 Ricardo AKA Rico hales from the oven that is the great desert of Arizona. This will be his 4th Ragnar and 1st Northwest Passage. Big R loves new adventures and has been known to take random flights all over the world in attempt to find the set of “LOST”. Rico enjoys outdoor activities and he has recently taken on trail running. He is also an avid cyclist who will be participating in his first triathlon in August. Every morning he starts the day by saying, “Lets have some fun and SHAVE THOSE WHALES!!!” in preparation of this race.
Runner #10 Mindy – Bio coming soon.
Runner #11 Dan “The Man” is a 34 year old single dad of two wonderful boys (6 and 8). He served in the Marine Corps from 1999 to 2003, before moving into the field of casino surveillance. After leaving the Marines, Dan vowed never to run again if he wasn’t being chased. But with time comes perspective, and Dan realized it wasn’t the running he hated – it was military formation runs he hated. Then he heard a good friend discussing her experiences in running her first half marathon and her first Ragnar Relay. Impressed by her growing collection of medals and stories of camaraderie, Dan wondered if he could ever muster the inner fortitude to earn a medal himself. So in 2012 after 8 years without running, Dan hit the pavement once again. It was a humble beginning with Dan barely being able to clear a mile without collapsing. In time though he began to find his old running legs again. By September of 2012, Dan had been inspired to complete his first half marathon and had volunteered for his friend in the 2012 Ragnar Northwest Passage. Dan felt the energy in the air that night and challenged himself to run in the same event next year. Now in 2013 with two half marathon medals displayed proudly on his wall, he stands ready to experience his first Ragnar. Let the adventure begin!
Runner #12 Erica is a special education teacher in Arizona and is approaching her 3rd year of teaching. When she’s not working, she’s working out! She has always used running as a way to stay fit and relieve stress. In 2011, she started running in local races and fell in love with the energy and positivity found in the running community. So far, Erica has participated in several fun-run 5k’s, a 9k trail race, a couple of 10k’s, a half-marathon, and a couple of Ragnar’s (Las Vegas and Ragnar Trail in Zion). For Erica, running has become a way to challenge herself and connect with others who share her love of health and fitness. Running has also been an excellent excuse to travel to new places. Luckily, her principal supports her running escapades and approves days off to run! After all, a healthy body and a healthy mind makes a happy teacher!
Aside from running, Erica has recently started road biking and swimming in order to try her hand (and arms and legs and feet) at tri’s.
Aside from working, running, swimming and biking (yikes!), Erica enjoys spending time with her equally active and incredibly supportive boyfriend, his amazing, fun-loving, crazy kids and her loyal, loving pup, Stogie.
Digital Running teams are proudly sponsored by Bondi Band. Check out the killer discount in the green box above!
Here’s why we love Bondi Bands:
1) they soak up sweat
2) they keep hair & wind out of your eyes and ears
3) they keep headphones in your ears
4) while at Ragnar, you can slide them over your nose in the port-a-john
5) you can also slide them over your eyes when you try to nap in the van!