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SKORA Ambassadors

WHO ARE SKORA AMBASSADORS?

AMBASSADORS ARE COMMUNITY LEADERS

From training help to running form feedback, our Ambassadors do more than run—they coach, share, and lead from wherever in the pack they may be.

AMBASSADORS ARE THE EMBODIMENT OF RUN REAL

SKORA Ambassadors come in all different types and strides. They understand and celebrate our belief that the run means something unique to each individual. And because of that, they guide by their actions—not by commanding or forcing their opinions on others.

AMBASSADORS ARE HONEST

We live by Run Real at SKORA and we expect our ambassadors to live by that same ethos. Unbiased opinions, real experiences, and complete reviews (warts and all) show us, and the running community, that you're trustworthy. We're not looking for sycophants.

AMBASSADORS ARE CONNECTED

Online or off, we're looking for interaction and engagement. While race results speak loudly, we're also looking for people who want to share all facets of being a runner. It's those who are talking, sharing, chatting, blogging, and helping that we want on our team.

AMBASSADORS ARE COMMITTED

Real runners just have to get out there no matter what. Snow, rain, heat, the couch— these obstacles are no match for the pure joy of running. Not everyone is training for the same reason. Maybe you like to run short and fast, or the pace of an ultra suits you best. However you move, we're looking for runners who love their run, and those who look to share it with others.

AMBASSADORS

  • Adam Sierakowski

    Adam Sierakowski

    I live in Baltimore, MD, where I balance my Ph.D research with triathlon training. I transitioned to triathlon from running nine years ago and have completed dozens of Olympic and Half-Iron distance races. I attribute much of my current fitness to the consistency afforded to my training by paying close attention to running form and by adopting biomechanically sound running shoes.

  • Alexandria Nolan

    Alexandria Nolan

    Runner, dog walker, yogi, hiker, cyclist, traveler. Anything that keeps me moving is my motivation. I am a 26 year old athlete of all trades living in the wilds of the Houston urban jungle. When I'm not being active you can find me adventuring, writing or cooking up some healthy chow to fuel my craziness. I started running because I honestly never thought I could be a runner, and once I started down this road, I just can't stop.

  • Amanda Mowry

    Amanda Mowry

    I am passionate about nutrition and healthy living. That passion permeates every aspect of my life: work, family, and running. Originally from Connecticut, I moved to Ohio after my tour in the Army. It was here that I found a home in the running and ultra community. When I'm not chasing my three kids, or talking about whole-food, plant-based nutrition, you can find me splashing in puddles or getting muddy on the trails.

  • Ben Pangie

    Ben Pangie

    Running has been a part of my life since I was in seventh grade. There have been ebbs, and even some total blocks, but becoming a parent I have come back to running with a renewed passion and zeal. Over the years, I have learned to run by feel without the modern gadgetry. I prefer to run 'naked' with my eyes, ears and feet leading the way.

  • Brad Waterson

    Brad Waterson

    FUN! That's what it's all about. Real Running is what opened the door for me. Once I learned to run efficiently, the sky was the limit. Triathlons, Marathons, Ultras! These days, helping adults and kids to get moving through coaching, race directing, or just being me is where I find the most fun. Basically, I'm just a middle aged kid. The fun is the reward.

  • Brandon Purdeu

    Brandon Purdeu

    In 2009 I ran my first race and haven't turned back since. I serve in the U.S Army as an Infantry Officer. I love the art of running and training. Bouncing from peak to peak training cycle to training cycle honing my running abilities. The funny thing about running is that I always learn more about myself than about running as I train. I enjoy running any race but ultramarathons are my favorite.

  • Brett Barnes

    Brett Barnes

    I am an active Father, CrossFit Member, and Runner. Love wearing SKORA in every workout, run and just for looking stylish. My favorite two styles are the Form and Phase. I can't rave enough on how these shoes have changed my performance for the better. SKORA will change your life!

  • Bryan Lamb

    Bryan Lamb

    I am an endurance athlete who looks for new challenges wherever I can find them.  Whether that be through running races of all distances, triathlons of all distances, paddleboard races, cycling time trials – I am always up to the challenge.  I believe that everyone will benefit from running in the lowest profile shoe that they can handle, and have practiced that philosophy throughout my entire endurance-sports life.

  • Courtney Lee

    Courtney Lee

    I started my journey to health in December 2011 - weighing in at just under 300lbs. In the first year of my journey I lost over 70lbs. Lifting weights, running on the treadmill, kettlebell training and kickboxing have become some of my favorite things to do when I'm not playing super mom to my 2 children (ages 4 & 3). I aim to motivate and inspire others through my blog TreadmillRunway.com (Update: Courtney has now lost more than 100 lbs. and is a certified bicycling instructor).

  • Emilie Reas

    Emilie Reas

    When I began running at age 14, I immediately became addicted. High school cross country races evolved into 10ks, half marathons, and eventually 26.2 miles, my now favorite distance. There's possibly nothing I'd rather do than escape into my own world for a few hours of aimless, intoxicating running. After too many years running – and struggling - in conventional shoes, I recently discovered the benefits and joys of running barefoot. I hope to make my next marathon my first barefoot marathon, and plan to someday push my distance limit into ultramarathons. When I'm not running (when is that?) I'm researching the brain or writing about the brain or running.

  • Erin Nielsen

    Erin Nielsen

    As a recent graduate with my masters in Health Promotion and a certified personal trainer, my main passion in life is to be an example of living a healthy lifestyle and to help as many people as possible to achieve the same goal. RUN REAL applies to my life and the message I deliver daily on simplifying movement and lifestyle changes. Running, especially in minimal shoes, has opened my eyes to purposeful movement and taking care of my body.

  • Evelin Mortensen Henderson

    Evelin Mortensen Henderson

    I am that half Norwegian, half Swedish girl you can see running around on the Big Island of Hawaii with a big smile on her face. Relatively new runner who earlier in life stayed active through skiing, basketball, spinning classes and hiking. "Running? Not my thing!" I would say and laugh until that day when I laced my old sneakers up and went out for a run. Running has since then become my big passion and it plays a big role in my life.

  • Geoff Alonso

    Geoff Alonso

    I found running a few years ago to fight off a vicious case of the out-of-shapes. It was a tough struggle but I prevailed and now I love running and seek out roads and trails anywhere I can find them. I love to explore, sometimes get lost, occasionally get muddy and if I am extra lucky catch a great view. That is how I Run Real.

  • Greg Shore

    Greg Shore

    I was a Collegiate Runner from 2006-2010 at Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina. My senior year I broke my collar bone and needed to stay in shape so I took on swimming. After that, I fell in love with swimming and thought I had 2 out of the 3 sports conquered, why not trying biking and do a triathlon. After my first one I was hooked.

  • Jared Fayer

    Jared Fayer

    I live in NYC and am constantly training for some type of race. I've been a runner my whole life, from my high school track days to my current obsession of marathons and triathlons. I love setting goals to see if I can achieve them and am constantly pushing myself as hard as I can.  Trying to push past both mental and physical barriers is something that motivates me to work on achieving my best.

  • Jeremy Sanders

    Jeremy Sanders

    I didn't know I was a runner until I was 35 years old. What started as a way to lose a few pounds turned into a complete lifestyle change. I went from downing beers to setting personal running records nearly every time I toe the line for a race. With two active boys, I need to be able to keep up. I want to be a superhero in their eyes. I am a Running Dad.

  • Joshua Zavertnik

    Joshua Zavertnik

    I am a physical therapist, husband, father, avid CrossFit athlete, and health enthusiast. I have been practicing for over five years, running for 10, and constantly look to improve my physical well being and of those around me. Physical therapy is the medium that I work through as I look to educate, empower, and positively change the lives of all those I come in contact with.

  • Mark Lofquist

    Mark Lofquist

    I live at the base of the Front Range Mountains. In order of importance, I am a father, husband, engineer, recreational athlete, coach, and maker of terrible puns. I am relatively new to the sport of running. In my late 30s, I was told by a doctor that I may not be "biomechancially suited" for running. This inspired me to figure out WHY. So I In 2009, I rather haphazardly trained for and completed the Marine Corps Marathon in 4:20 – walking/limping the last three miles, it HURT. Was I proving my doctor right? Was I not made for this? I knew better than that. Humans were truly "Born to Run." It's in our genetic code.

  • Michael Baker

    Michael Baker

    I started running in 2010 to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Thinking I'd raise a little money and hang up the running shoes, my running started in earnest. Three years later, I am organizing local track workouts and working with a running coach! I am a husband, a dad, a full-time money manager, and I work at a local running shop to give back to others what running has given to me. In my opinion flat, wide, lightweight shoes are the only way to go, and every time I put on the FORM it feels like Christmas morning. Being a runner is a way of life; and life, like running is all about keeping it real!

  • Michael Nutkowitz

    Michael Nutkowitz

    My name is Michael Nutkowitz. I am currently a senior at Mead High School. I am an avid distance runner; born and raised in Spokane, WA. I have been running since I was in the fifth grade. I chose running because my parents wouldn't let me play football since I was so small. So I picked Cross Country and never regretted it. Running has always been fun. My favorite workout is doing hill repeats.

  • Nathan Brown

    Nathan Brown

    I live in Fort Lauderdale, FL where I coach and manage a small team of runners and encourage others to join in on my passion of minimalist running. I am training to be a professional ultra-runner. I live in paradise and enjoy a fun and active life with my beautiful family. Run Real has become my training philosophy.

  • Ray Jackson

    Ray Jackson

    I was born and mostly raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. I am the youngest of five, and the only son. I now reside in Williamsport, MD with my wife and two young daughters. I am an ultra runner who loves running for the pure joy of it. It doesn't have to be a race to get me motivated, it just has to be the distance. I prefer to run on pavement but I will never turn down a good trail. I have many ultra finishes and am proud of every one of them. My goal is to get you to run...and RUN REAL.

  • Sarah Beth Houser

    Sarah Beth Houser

    I live in a small town outside of Kansas City. When I am not chasing after my 5 little boys, I love running, biking and swimming. Most every weekend I can be found running and biking roads and trails, or swimming laps or open water. It seems I will enter any race as long as it has the promise of bling at the end! I discovered my love of running as way of getting some quality "me" time away from the boys… although they are all running and competing now as well. I really feel that if I can do this – anyone can do this. I hope to inspire moms out there! You can make time for yourself. You can chase your dreams. You can be a mom and an athlete! You will inspire your kids, too!

  • Scott Snair

    Scott Snair

    They call me Crazy Scott. I have been a runner for most of my 29 years. The biggest step I took in my career was transitioning to SKORA shoes. I was a severe over-pronatator, with constant ankle sprains. Three months after switching to zero-drop shoes my foot strike leveled out and I haven't sprained my ankle in 2 years. On the trail or on the road; running, working, or relaxing: I'm always in my SKORA.

  • Steven Stam

    Steven Stam

    I am an English teacher and Track/Cross Country coach from Jacksonville, Florida. Running is an integral part of human existence - it allows one to find the mean, endurance, and creativity humans need to survive.My favorite shoe is the Skora Fit, and I sometimes where one of each color.

  • Tad Kardis

    Tad Kardis

    I'm a Midwestern family guy who embraced running as I approached 40. Running gives me the stamina and focus I need in life. Espresso only goes so far. Never a distance runner before 2011, I've now raced eight marathons and an ultra. I run in Skora running shoes because they allow my body to function naturally. I strive to follow the Cretan command "reach for what you cannot" – be more than you think you can.