Race Ambassadors

Now in its fourth 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.

We are pleased to announce our ambassadors for the 2020 Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon.

Seth Poplaski

Seth is a lifelong Mainer who resides in Hampden, Maine. A former athletic supporter (we kid), he now loves encouraging those who are just starting off on their running journeys and can oftentimes be seen at the finish line cheering on the other participants. This will be Seth’s second time participating in the Maine Marathon! This September, you can catch him running down the streets of Boston — as he is preparing to run the Boston Marathon AND raising thousands of dollars for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Team.

Seth loves “runventures” (exploring places he travels including Chicago, Boston, and everywhere in between) and is an active member of Maine’s running community. He regularly participates in races and events from Sub 5 Track Club in Bangor and is the founder of HARC Maine in Hampden (Hampden Area Running Club). If you see Seth on your running adventures, say hello! He’s always willing to chat and provide encouragement.

You can follow Seth here:

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Instagram (Personal)

Instagram (Run Club)

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Brienna Denecker

Brienna was born and raised in Bar Harbor, Maine and has lived in Portland for the last 10 years. She’s married and has two amazing golden retrievers (age 6) that she treats like children. She got into running her senior year of college when she randomly signed up for a full marathon as her first running event. She loves challenging herself and fell in love with racing. Since then, she’s completed nine full marathons and 12 half marathons. She has run two Maine Marathons (the full and a relay) and will be completing the trifecta this year with the half. She has qualified for the Boston Marathon twice — the first time at the Maine Marathon!

She’s a member of Crow Athletics and will occasionally run with Thick Quad Squad or Old Port Pub Run. Most of the time you can find her running solo along the streets and neighborhoods of Portland. She will talk to anyone that will listen about running. She loves sharing what she knows to help other people or learning from those more advanced than her. Running is her passion, and she’s so excited to share that!

You can follow Brienna here:

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Dustin Gerstenfield

Dustin is a recent New England transplant from Texas. He moved to Nashua, New Hampshire in Fall 2017 due to a job relocation. A naturalized Texan (meaning one who wasn’t born there but got there as soon as he could – an important distinction in Texas!). Dustin is a Business Analyst at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, MA who enjoys travel, exploring local history, and, of course, running. Since moving to New England, he has enjoyed exploring the area, tasting the local fare, and warming up to New England’s fascination with IPAs.

A novice runner, Dustin recently recommitted himself to running on a more consistent basis. He finds that running allows him to process and relax from the stresses of the day. It also allows him to explore new areas by foot. Dustin ran his first half marathon, the Cowtown Half Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas. It was an eye-opening experience where he “caught the bug” so to speak and found his passion for half marathons. Dustin ran his first Maine Half Marathon in 2018 and fell in love with the race. He found the course to be beautiful, the spectators loud, encouraging, and sustaining and it reminds him of the Cowtown. He said, “the Maine Marathon was the perfect race to officially join the New England running community.” In 2019 Dustin ran the Maine Half again and hit his new PR of 1:57:10. He plans to run the Maine Half Marathon again this year with his eye on running his first full marathon in 2021.

You can follow Dustin here:

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Becky Rogers

Becky is a lifelong Mainer and lover of the outdoors. Some of her favorite activities (besides running) are hiking, camping, snowshoeing and stand up paddle boarding. Her and her boyfriend live in the woods and enjoy spending time outside every day with their giant puppy, Max. She pinned on a race bib for the first time ever in June of 2014 when her work group was challenged to complete a 5K together. Crossing that finish line left her feeling so exhilarated that the following Monday she was entering her name into the lottery for one of L.L.Bean’s sponsor bibs for Beach to Beacon. Six weeks later she was crossing another finish line in Cape Elizabeth and was hooked. As she continued running, she saw the huge difference that running made in her life, and in 2016, she changed career paths and joined the L.L.Bean Employee Wellness team. Every day she supports employees in living physically active and healthy lives – work she finds truly rewarding.

While everybody runs for different reasons, she loves the energy and the shared experience of a race. Some favorites over the years have included Close to the Coast 5K and 10K, Beach to Beacon, L.L.Bean 4th of July 10K, Great Osprey 10K, and Midwinter Classic. The 2019 Maine Marathon was her second half marathon, and she absolutely loved everything about the experience. She usually trains alone, so she is still getting in the miles despite the pandemic. However, after completing a virtual half marathon a few weeks ago, she is missing racing more than ever and finds herself turning to some words shared by Des Linden, where she reminds us that “racing will be back, but running never left and running just makes us better at this life stuff.” She is looking forward to pinning on that Maine Marathon bib in October!

You can follow Becky here:

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