Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy, Happy Friday!

Today I received some exciting news!

For those of you who don't know, I moved to San Francisco in August of 2010, just days after the San Francisco Marathon. One of the first things I did as a new resident was sign up for the 2011 race when registration opened.

As I began training for SFM, I was introduced to another local running blogger, Aron. Aron was an Ambassador for SFM, and she invited me to join her for a run with the San Francisco Marathon training group during their first week of training.

The meeting that started it all...

Aron introduced me to a ton of other awesome and rad Bay Area running bloggers by generously planning group runs.

Iron Horse Trail run day!
Back row: Alisyn, Naomi, Page, Kristen, Caitlin, Kerry, Layla, Beth, Courtney
Front row: Tara, Audrey, Jana, Katie, Megan, Aron

Training for the San Francisco Marathon forced me to get out and explore my new city by foot. Doing so, I became very close with a few other local runners who were also training for the race. I am lucky to call these runners some of my closest friends now.

Katie & Aron

Megan, Katie, Kristin, & Aron

Punky & Layla

RoadBunner, Page, Susan, Aron, Kristin, Jessica, & Tara

And then of course, I overtrained my tush off for SFM, the ultra-hilly marathon that currently holds my PR.

I feel like the San Francisco Marathon allowed me to grow as a runner, develop as a person, expand my perceptions of The City, and reach out and make new friends. I want to give back to the San Francisco Marathon in exchange for all it has given me...

And this coming year, I will get to do exactly that. I was chosen, alongside Aron, Courtney, Susan, and 28 other fabulous runners from around the country, to be an Ambassador for next year's race.


I'm so excited for this opportunity, and I can only hope to help this race change someone's life in the way it has changed mine.

20 comments:

  1. Congrats to you and all the others! You are such a fab spokesperson for running in SF! you got me to drag my sorry butt over the bridges early on weekend mornings to do it :) Love ya, girl!

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  2. Congrats again!! It will be fun to be ambassadors together!!!! :)

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  3. AHH I love this post <3 I feel like I have known you forever, but we really did become friends around this race! Makes it mean even more to be a fellow Ambassador this year. Can't wait for many many more adventures!

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  4. Congratulations! That's awesome!

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  5. I'm so excited I got to meet you earlier this year and that I get to be an Ambassador with you this year!! This is going to be amazing!

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  6. Sounds like an awesome opportunity - congratulations!! Aren't you glad you "embraced" the hilly running??? :)

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  7. Wooo hooo! Welcome to the family :)

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  8. Congratulations, Alyssa! You will make a fabulous Ambassador! :-)

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  9. Congratulations!! It's been so long since we've really caught up, but when they announced they were taking applications I was thinking you would be a perfect ambassador.

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  10. CONGRATS! I'm so excited for you that it's made me consider signing up for the half next summer! :)

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  11. Congrats on being an Ambassador. That is soooo awesome! I run Iron Horse often. Would love to join you all on a run, but if it's a ladies' run, I understand and will only cry in the corner for 3 minutes. Seriously though, happy for you.

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  12. Congratulations! What an exciting endeavor.

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  13. Having you as an ambassador is PERFECT. Especially since you somehow pulled a PR on the course.

    A new-ish S.F. resident exploring the city on foot -- really, what an awesome way to market the race. I look forward to reading about your work as a SFM rep. Congrats :)

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  14. Congratulations!! You will be an awesome ambassador!

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  15. aw, you cheeseball. Congrats! Now go git on with your running diplomacy!

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  16. Congrats on being an ambassador!

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  17. Congratulations!!! That is awesome! Now maybe I should run SFM???!?

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  18. Ahhh! I remember meeting you that day too! What a great way to get to know San Fran and meet new people. I'm so excited that you will be an SFM Ambassador for 2012! Congratulations!

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