Race Ambassadors

We’re looking forward to the second year of the 2018 Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon Race Ambassador program! The application is now closed and we’re pleased to announce the 2018 Ambassadors!

Race Ambassadors are super-fans of the Maine Marathon and are eager to share the event with others online and in real life. That might mean leading a group run, holding an information session outside of Maine, or sharing their training regime through social media. You’ll see them throughout the months leading up to the Maine Marathon, and we hope their experience will help you have more fun with your Maine Marathon!

2018 Race Ambassadors

David Arenstam

David Arenstam

You may recognize David, as he is one of the directors for Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5k held in Saco, ME. He has spent most of his adult life near the shores of the Saco River in Maine. David’s first marathon and half marathon were in Maine—at Maine Marathon & Half! He joined the Fleet Feet Winter Warrior running group, lost some 45lbs, and is ready to tackle the marathon again as a 55+ runner!

When he isn’t running, he’s following his passion of teaching and writing. He is proud to be a faculty member at Thorton Academy and has recently completed a graduate degree in journalism from Harvard. David also writes stories regularly for local newspapers, magazines, and online media companies and published his first book, “Homecoming: A soldier’s story of loyalty, courage, and redemption” in 2016.

You can find his writing on his blog at www.mysecretmaine.com or you can follow him on Twitter at @DavidArenstam and on Facebook at Author David Arenstam.

Alison Black

Alison Black

Alison Black is completing the half again this year, she’s lost count of how many times she’s done it. She is a member of the Half Fanatics, Marathon Maniacs, and the 13.1 x100 Club. She will reach 100 half marathons completed in December of this year. And the Maine Half will be #96! In October 2017, she completed her 50 state marathon journey in Maryland. She ran about two-thirds of the marathons before she had to start walking.

Alison is a former runner who has turned to walking marathons & half marathons after her doctor told her she was no long able to run due to a knee injury. She loves connecting with everyone in the race community—like her teammates in the Greater Framingham Running Club (MA) and the Rochester Runners (NH). She is especially passionate about the back-of-the-packers who may need motivation and encouragement!

She’d love to hear from you and you can find her blog at www.alisonjblack.wordpress.com or on Instagram/Twitter at @seacoastrunner

Chris Byrne

Chris Byrne

Chris has been a casual runner for several years to complement his love of hiking and as a type of moving meditation, fueling the mind and spirit while strengthening the body. Running 5ks and small neighborhood runs, he took the leap in 2016 and completed his first half marathon.

Chris also teaches vinyasa and yin yoga. To prepare for the Maine Half Marathon he is looking forward to taking a whole-body approach to training, not just crushing miles. “Logging the miles is important of course. But what can be overlooked is that movement is a whole-body experience. Taking time away from hitting the pavement and focusing on improving functional movement and releasing tension in the body is equally as important to a healthy and sustainable training program.”

He brings levity and fun to his training and can often be heard saying “I just enjoy getting outside and moving at blazingly mediocre speeds!” That’s why he champions the philosophy that it doesn’t matter what your running pace or experience is. A mile is a mile is a mile. Once you cover the distance, no one can take that accomplishment away from you!

When not plodding around on a #sasquatchrun around South Portland, you can find Chris on his yoga mat and planning for future yoga classes for runners in the coming months. He’s looking forward to meeting and welcoming fellow casual runners and cheering you along your journey, one amazing step at a time!

If you would like to follow Chris as he trains, he’s @rustproofbottom on both Instagram & Twitter. His yoga practice can be found on Instagram as @cbyogamaine. You can also find more information on his website: https://www.cbyogame.com/

Julie Nakadai

Julie Nakadai

Julie was born and raised in Queens, NY but moved to Portland in 2009 and relocated to Bath, ME late 2017. She picked up running in May 2013 after giving birth to her daughter, Penelope, and ran her first half marathon at Run to the Rock in August. A friend convinced her that she could run a marathon and shortly after, she ran her first marathon—the 2013 Maine Marathon. She has run the marathon every year since!

She runs to be a positive role model for Penelope and for other runners. She hopes through her social media platforms that she can inspire others and show then the benefits of running and what it can offer them. Julie enjoys long nature trail runs—you can find her on Thorn Head Preserve, Fore River Sanctuary, or the Green Belt—and she hopes to retire as a traveling ultra runner. She is working on achieving the times required to run at Boston Marathon or the NYC Marathon.

If you’d like to catch up with Julie, you’ll find her at the Pineland Farms 25k, Old Port Half Marathon, or Beach to Beacon 10k! But if you miss her in person, you can always find her on social media, she’s on Instagram at @juri_nakadai, Twitter at @runjurirun, or on Facebook Juri Nakadai

Kedzie Teller

Kedzie is two-time international gold medalist with the US National Quidditch team and a former Major League Quidditch athlete. Having retired from the sport last year, Kedzie is now taking on new athletic endeavors, including marathoning. Portland will be his first full race!

Through his success in quidditch and with his vocal stance on LGBTQ rights, Kedzie joined forces with Athlete Ally in 2016. Athlete Ally is an international nonprofit whose mission is to end homophobia and transphobia in sport, and to activate the athletic community to champion LGBTQ equality. Kedzie, along with his sister Greta, will be dedicating their run to the cause, fundraising and promoting Athlete Ally’s work throughout their training journey. You can visit the fundraiser here:https://www.gofundme.com/runproud.

Although Kedzie has spent the last ten years in Boston, Philadelphia, and Austin, he lived just south of Portland, in Scarborough, as a child. He is excited to return to Maine for his very first marathon and will be cataloging his training through social. You can follow along on Instagram at @kedziet and on Twitter at @Kedz.

Jamie Theriault

Jamie Theriault

Jamie Theriault ran her first half marathon on our course in 2009. She enjoyed the event so much it inspired her to keep running and, since then, she has completed 43 half marathons and 13 full marathons, but the Maine Marathon remains her favorite. She has ran the Maine half marathon 6 times and participated in the relay twice.

This year, she plans on participating in the relay for the third time, as she is expecting her first child in early August!

Jamie loves sharing her passion for running with new runners and young runners—she coaches the Edward Little High School Cross Country team and Outdoor Track distance team, and is a former coach for Girls on the Run. She also serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Lewiston-Auburn Triple Crown 5k Series and is a former Membership Chair for the Maine Track Club.

If you would like to follow Jamie’s training, you can find her on Instagram & Twitter at @init4longrun.