Race Ambassadors

We are pleased to announce the ambassador program will return for the 2021 Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon.

Now in its fifth year, the Race Ambassador program is meant to inspire, motivate and encourage runners. 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.

All are welcome to apply — runners, joggers, walkers, experienced runners, new runners, relay participants, past ambassadors, in-state or out-of-state.

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

2021 Race Ambassadors

Beth Neuts

Beth Neuts

Beth (she/her/hers) has been an RRCA certified running coach since 2019, a certified spin instructor since 2018, and a mother of one rambunctious little boy affectionately known as Buddy since January of 2018. A 2 time marathon runner pre-baby, Beth is currently training to run the Maine Marathon in the fall.

When Beth is not running or teaching fitness classes she is a Special Education teacher in a behavior program for a local public school.

Beth fell in love with running 10 years ago when her boss offered to reimburse any employee for running a local 5k – from there her passion for the sport quickly took hold. Beth went on to run the Maine Half Marathon for Maine Children’s Cancer Program that year.

Beth is very excited to return and run the Maine Marathon this year knowing Buddy will be watching and cheering her on!

You can find her on social media:

IG: @bethloves2run and @newtzyontherun

Twitter: @bethyjoa

FB: https://www.facebook.com/beth.neuts

Jason Geroux

Jason Geroux

Jason (he/him/his) is a lifelong Mainer. He resides in Orrington with his wife Meaghan and 2 Boston Terriers. Jason didn’t start running until 2015 after his wife encouraged him to sign up for a race with her. He got bit by the running bug and now races all over New England and even internationally when possible.

The Maine Marathon was his 1st half in 2016. He also ran the half in 2017, 2018, and the virtual full relay in 2020.  His first marathon was in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2018. Jason and Meaghan compete in all distances including ultra marathons. He’s hoping to finish his first 100 miler this year. Jason is a member of Crow Athletics and is sponsored by the Maine Athletic Health Center out of Brewer Maine.

Jason also enjoys culture and traveling internationally whenever possible. Some of his trips have been Romania, India, and Morocco. His most accomplishing journey by far was when he and Meaghan trekked the Himalayas and reached Mt. Everest basecamp just a couple of months before the covid shutdown.

You can find Jason on social media here:

IG: @themaineviking

Twitter: @themaineviking

FB: https://www.facebook.com/jason.geroux.7

Erin Sampson

Erin Sampson

Erin (she/her/hers) has had a lifelong relationship with running and while it hasn’t always been consistent, she truly believes that every stop and start holds immense value. She began as a spectator, cheering on the sidelines during her dad’s corporate track meets. She ran her very first kids race when she was 11 and while she continued running throughout her academic years, it wasn’t until she moved to New York that she truly fell in love. She met friends for weekend races in the park, ran her first Half Marathon, ran back and forth across bridges, explored new neighborhoods, and found the rhythm and solace of one step after another.

After moving back to Maine in 2009, Erin struggled to find her happy running place. It wasn’t until 3 years ago that she finally dove back in, encouraged and inspired by a strong group of local runners (Casco Running Club) who share the unofficial motto of ‘That’s a terrible idea, what time should I be there?” From Ragnar Reach the Beach to the MidWinter Classic to a year of virtual races, there is always a new challenge at hand. She recently finished up a 500-day run streak, something that was started on a whim and ended up keeping her sane through this year’s work-from-home-while-home-schooling quarantine.

Erin has run 7 Half Marathons, 2 Maine Marathon Relays, and a slew of races from 5K up to 10-miles. This year’s race will be her very first Marathon and she is honored to be doing it in her home state. She is enthusiastic, loves the energy of a race-day, and will undoubtedly be cheering on every single runner she encounters along this journey, from training, right up through the finish line! She lives in Casco with her amazing family (husband, 2 kiddos, and 2 dogs) and can usually be found masked up and running with friends across the Lake Region. 

You can find Erin on social here:

IG: @justplainlovely

FB: https://www.facebook.com/erincsampson

Ryan Hross

Ryan Hross

Ryan (whose last name is pronounced without the H) grew up in Central Maine and recently returned to settle down there after living in Western Pennsylvania and New Hampshire for the past decade. A former high school athlete, he picked up running a few years after college in order to shed some pounds and relieve stress. He soon discovered how much fun it was and enjoyed the challenges of gradually increasing the length of his runs until he completed his first marathon in 2018.

Learning from his first experience, Ryan completed his second marathon in November 2019, cutting 40 minutes off his finishing time from the previous year. He looked forward to training for his third marathon in 2020 before the Pandemic upended those plans. Like everyone else, he’s hoping for a return to normal in 2021, which means getting back to running races in person.

Ryan believes he has a little bit of wisdom to share from his past marathon experiences, but even more to learn from others in the running community. He looks forward to sharing the highs and lows of his training and meeting others preparing to tackle the Maine Marathon in October.

During the week Ryan works as a researcher and editor. He spends his free time with his wonderful wife, two kids, and two small dogs. He enjoys reading, writing, and music – you can be sure he’ll be sharing his favorite running playlists with everyone!

You can find Ryan on social here:

IG: @ryanconsiders

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ryan.hross/

Blog: https://ryanconsiders.wordpress.com/