Meet our Runner's Alley  Ambassadors!

We've sounded the call for 10 amazing New Hampshire runners to join up with our intrepid captains to take on the 200 mile zany running pilgrimage known as Reach The Beach (or RTB for short). We had many amazing, funny, and passionate runners apply, but in the end we could only choose 10. Say hello to our 2016 Runner's Alley RTB Ambassadors!

Betsy C (Captain)

Betsy has been with us as our Manchester Store Manager since 2010. If you know Betsy, you're probably already smiling. If you haven't met her, you're in for a treat. She has a personality that brings out the enthusiasm from newbies & veterans. Having run RTB 6 times, plus Ragnar Cape Cod & a CA relay from Calistoga to Santa Cruz, you might say Betsy has an affinity for relays. Betsy was a Runner's Alley RTB Captain in 2013 and 2015, and to us there isn't a better person for the job!

David F

My name is David I am 26 years old and was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. I work as a Behavior Specialist at an elementary school up in Laconia. I have been running consistently for the past two years. My race distances include 5k, 10k 10 miles, 20 miles, half marathon, and 200(ish) miles. I am still working on crossing that 26.2 off the bucket list. Running Reach the Beach will be my third relay style race, I ran as part of my cousins’ Ragnar Cape Cod team for the past two years.

If I am not running or training I love doing anything that keeps my outside. I’ve recently gotten more into hiking and it’s possibly one of the few actives I would consider skipping a run for. I love spending time at the beach as well as the lake. If I do have to be inside I am usually spending my time reading, wasting time on Buzzfeed, watching a movie, or am a couple of episodes deep into a Netflix marathon.

Moe P

My name is Moe Paquette, I am a 42 year old Emergency Room Physician Assistant who came to running a little later in life.  I had Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery in 2014, lost 200 pounds, and since then I have completed 4 half marathons, 1 full marathon, and bunches and bunches of 5K races.  

Since starting my weight loss journey, I have logged more than 9.7 million steps, 17 thousand floors and 4700 miles. I can't wait to tackle my next training adventure at Reach the Beach.  Wen I am not working or running I enjoy spending time with my wife Leah, our two dogs, 5 cats,  cooking competition style barbecue with my brother for The Devine Swine competition BBQ team and serving my community as an on call firefighter / paramedic.

TINA C

I’ve been exercising most of my life. I started out at 5 as a gymnast and now 45 years later, I am still very active. I love to exercise. I strength train three times a week and the other days I do some sort of cardio.

My pride and joy are my three children. They are 18, 17 and 16. When they were little, I started working out before they got up. As they got older, I continued to workout early as their busy schedules after school would take up any free time I might have had. In addition to exercising, I actually love to work also. I found ways to keep up to date with my skills and took on jobs that would allow me to still be with my kids. Now that they are older, I have found a new job that allows me to help them with their college tuition which makes me so happy to do this for them.

For the last 20 years, I have been a member at the YMCA and also an instructor. I have taught almost every class there is. I am also a certified personal trainer. Currently, I teach a tabata class at the YMCA and a bootcamp class at Fortitude Health and Fitness. I love helping people get in shape and at every opportunity I will help members obtain their fitness goals.

HATTIE J

My name is Hattie Johnson; I have three children (ages 11, 8, and 5) and have been married to my best friend for 14 years. I grew up in Idaho and joined the Army right out of High school. While in the Army I represented the U.S.A in National and International shooting competitions to include the 2004 Olympic games in Athens Greece for the Air Rifle Shooting Event. Once leaving the Army, I got a degree as a Dental Hygienist while my husband continued to serve.

Since then we have lived in three different states, I’ve owned my own business, and since last summer I’ve pursed the goal of competing in obstacle course races and have become a certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. We have always been an active family and fitness has played a major roll in my life since I was a teenager. I believe in teaching my children that if you set goals and work hard, you can reach anything. The road won’t always be easy but, if you have the passion, any goal is attainable

MELISSA R

I’ve been running for about 6 years now, and I started in hopes of getting my health back. My very patient best friend helped me to lose a lot of weight, get back into shape, and slowly but surely become my own best version of a runner. I have enjoyed doing many different road races, triathlons and Reach the Beach twice. I love to strength train, but my favorite fitness activity is running with my friends. The awesome group I run with had been running together for more than 15 years, but luckily for me, they took me in and I’ve been with them ever since.  I am a wellness coach at the YMCA, work at Fortitude Health and Fitness, and I have coached Girls on the Run for 8 seasons. I recently became a board member of MPAL.

I have the greatest career in the world- I’m a second grade teacher and just finished my 17th year at Green Acres School. I absolutely love my job and the kids I get to work with- I can’t picture myself ever doing anything else.  My favorite thing in the world is spending time with my two nieces and two nephews.

 

Gregg K

I’ve been living in Manch for a little over a year now – I moved here from the Seacoast area where I’ve lived since I got out of the military and went back to UNH to finish my degree in ’98.  I work as a troubleshooting technician for a medical devices manufacturer.  In addition to running, I enjoy racquetball, playing poker, and cooking.  And I definitely love traveling – anywhere new, it’s always an adventure.  Random story:  While out in Seattle for work, I went to go check out the Space Needle on a day off.  In the park right next to the Needle, they just happened to be having an event to get into the Guinness Book for world’s largest water balloon fight.  Sure, it’s a corny claim to fame but it was the craziest, most fun 15 minutes ever!

JASON S

Jason is an RRCA ​certified ​distance ​running ​coach​, blogger​and ​freelance writer. ​​His work has appeared in Runner’s World​ ​and Club Running​ magazines. He​'s a regular contributor to ACTIVE.com​ and the ​Huffington Post, and ​he ​recently published his first book, Marathon Running: A Complete Guide for Beginners.​ You can read more of his ramblings at SaltmarshRunning.com.

Jason ran his​ first road race when ​he was ​just ​six years old​ and ran on and off again through high school​. ​He found running again after turning the big Four-O.​​ At first, he struggled to ​keep up with ​his daughter’s Girls on the Run team. ​But, ​just ​three years later he finished t​he New York City Marathon​ and he's never looked back.

Running the RTB Relay has been on his bucket list for years, and he's both elated and terrified- the perfect mix for a epic race experience! When ​he's not running, ​Jason enjoy​s​spending time ​outdoors ​with ​his family in coastal New Hampshire.

AMY F

My name is Amy Flagg! I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful girls; Hannah, age 11, and Sydney, age 9. They are my whole world. Running keeps me sane and grounded. I don't know what I would do without it. This is my first year doing Reach The Beach! It has been a dream of mine for a few years and I am honored to be able to represent an amazing company in doing so. I will take it all in and hopefully make my team proud. You have no idea what this means to me. My dreams are coming true! Thank you! 

CHRISTOPHER M

I’m Christopher Mooers and I was born and raised in NH. I moved to San Diego, CA back in 2004 and recently came back to NH with my wife to start a family in 2014. My wife wanted to raise a family in a place that had seasons. We now have two beautiful daughters, a 21 month old and a 6 month old. I also recently became a stay at home dad this year, which has been a blessing. I’ve been trying to get back into running to complete some unfinished goals from when I started but have struggled to find the balance between family and running. I’m hoping 2016 will be the year and am stoked to run RTB as a Runner’s Alley Ambassador. I have ran a few Ragnar races before and each time has been on a team with people I’ve never met before. I think it brings out the best experience for these relays, sharing a passion for running while stinking up a van for 2 days. Happy running!

 

Dave S (Captain)

David lives in Concord with his wife and two daughters. Most recently he competed in the 4th Annual Merrimack River Trail Triathlon with his daughters. Dave enjoys participating in a variety of races including the Mount Washington Only One Hill Road Race five times in the last nine years, the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, the Manchester Half Marathon as well as Merrimack County Rock 'n Race, Cigna/Elliot Corporate Race, and the Capital Area Race Series. This will be the fourth time he has ran in Reach the Beach, and second time as a Runner's Alley RTB Captain!