WHO ARE SKORA AMBASSADORS?
AMBASSADORS ARE COMMUNITY LEADERS
From training help to running form feedback, 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 LOVE SKORA
SKORA ambassadors know and love our products. It doesn't matter if you have tried all of our models, or one, it doesn't matter what model you love the most - we simply want you to have experience with SKORA and be excited about the opportunity to spread the love to those around you.
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.
Colorado born and raised, I grew up playing in the mountains all day every day. I joined the Marine Corps in 2003 and have been all over the globe since. I was always an active person, but didn’t actually enjoy running until 2009. A few years and a lot of miles down the trail I’m still having fun running and racing anything from 5k’s to 50 milers, working my way up to 100’s. My wife and two kids inspire me every day to be better than I was the day before. If I’m not out on a run chances are I’m in the garage gym swinging kettlebells or picking up something heavy.
I live in San Francisco, CA right across the bridge from the MUT running hot bed of Marin. I realized my running addiction problem three years ago and quickly progressed from my first 5k to having completed two 100 mile trail ultras (with plans to do more). I love the peace of mind the comes with trail running, especially longer distances. I will always continue to take on new running challenges and push myself to over come them. Skora shoes have been an amazing part of my running journey, helping keep my feet happy and injury free.
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.
I've been proudly Running Real in SKORA on the roads and trails of the Greater Seattle area since March of 2013. I ran my first trail 50k in the Form, and have learned to love road running again entirely as a result of wearing the FIT. There are many great shoes on the market, but none that I have found to be as versatile as SKORA. Mine have been the catalysts to road running PRs, innumerable mountain summits, and also can be seen on my feet casually, during social occasions or chasing my kids at the park. While most other running shoes with built up heels and rigid soles have no place in the gym, the Zero-Drop and rounded heel design of the SKORA outsole allow me to confidently claim I'll never be seen working out with another shoe.
AZ native and Texas transplant. I was always very into fitness but running was never my passion. When I committed to a 15 hour endurance event as a way to get back into the groove however, I figured I should lace up. During training in Fort Worth I was looking for new friends and people to help motivate me. What I found was not only a passion for running, motivating, and organizing Social Running events but my wife who ran by me in a 10k and I’ve been chasing her ever since. She has since pushed me to do my first marathon, a half marathon the day after our wedding, and conveniently scheduled the Rome marathon on our honeymoon. I proposed at the weekly social run we organize, running was mentioned in our vows, and with welcoming our first child into the world a jogging stroller was bought before he was even born. Running has surpassed exercise to me, it is a way to connect, grow, inspire, and love.
In search of a new, healthy lifestyle in 2013, I discovered my love for running and endurance sports which is fueled by my extremely competitive spirit. I find myself wanting to go farther and faster everyday. Now an Ironman and Boston qualified, I continue to seek more and have hit the trails to explore new running realms. I look forward to continuing my journey and influencing others along the way.
Wyoming girl thru and thru, I LOVE to run and play in the Tetons! I'm a wife and mom with a full time job, squeezing in runs to fulfill my running obession every chance I get. I've have been a "runner" all my life, but it was always punishment handed down from coaches in other sports I played. I moved beyond the punishment mentality around the time my first child was born and haven't looked back! Running every chance I get and signing up for various races to challenge myself, my family thinks I'm crazy and I'm loving every minute of the journey!
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.
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.
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.
December 2012 I was 265 pounds and a new stay-at-home-dad to almost 1 year old twin boys. I knew I needed to do something different with my life. Having not been active in a long time, I spent the next 2 years really finding my way and getting involved in my community helping others do the same. I have made crazy changes in my life, taken up running, mountain biking, triathlon and now live a much healthier life. I am a huge example for my kids and all of those around me, so I am going to be the best one I can! I've now lost 96 lb, completed the 104-mile Leadville MTB, and am training for my first Ironman. I'm also pursuing my personal trainer certification and working part time as a nutrition and wellness coach around homeschooling my kids.
I live in Fargo, ND. I got into running about 3 years ago after my wife convinced me that I should run a half-marathon. Once I started training, I was hooked. After 2 halfs, a couple 10Ks, and a 5K, I ran my first full marathon this May. In the midst of all of this I began my graduate studies in Teaching English as a Second Language. Through all of it, running has saved my sanity. In August of 2015 I ran my first ultramarathon, a 50 miler in Custer, SD. Of all the distances I've run, I love ultras the best because they break down any misconceptions you have, they show you the runner you really are. Running for me is the ultimate outlet for joy.
I live in Killeen, Texas, am retired from the United States Army, and married to an amazing woman. We have three equally great kids and a beautiful grand daughter! Run your own run! This resonates in my mind each and every step I take whether I am running a 5k or Ultra, being a mentor on group runs, or just taking off down the trails for a long solo run. Running has become a lifestyle and has turned my life around. I set out on my running adventures following my ankle reconstruction. The surgeon told me that I would likely not run again and I was not willing to accept that. 4 months after my surgery (2012) I ran my first half marathon and it grew from there. Today my running continues and run everything from 5k to 100ks!
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.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh. I started running in the 7th grade and quickly realized I was born to be a cross country runner! I ran cross country, track, and winter track all through High School. I am not always the fastest, but I can run far! I am living my dream of being a stay at home Mom to my 10 month old daughter, Annabelle. I am also a full time wife, part time blogger and YouTuber, swimmer, runner, and baker! I love running local 5K races. I have done a couple triathlons and gladiator races. I am extremely competitive so there are no “fun runs” in my book! I always have fun when I compete, but I am always trying to beat my best time. I finally got a jogging stroller and I love going for morning runs at the park with my daughter. I can’t stand running on treadmills, but love running at the park or even around the neighborhood. I have gone through my fair share of running shoes and none compare to Skora!
Known for teaching Parkour, Freerunning & Tricking movements on YouTube, Kyle 'Epic' Mendoza has been a part of shaping communities with his teachings of movement as well as the application of philosophy, discipline and cognition. Over time Kyle has built over 131K subscribers on YouTube and over 100+ Tutorials. Kyle was married to his wife Ashley in April of 2014 and is the father of a super fun and talented 2 years old girl and number two is on the way.
I am 18 years old, and I am from Issaquah, WA. Currently I attend St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA where I am majoring in Biology. I started running in the spring of my freshman year of high school. 6 months later, I ran my first half marathon in a time of 1 hour 36 minutes. And then 3 more months later, I ran my very first marathon at age 15 in a time of 3 hours and 30 minutes. In my senior year of high school my team got 2nd at State in cross county and in track we were State Champions! I run year round and I love incorporating weightlifting into my training. I have run 23 half marathons (and counting!). The half marathon is my all time favorite racing distance!
I'm a 38 year old #badass Mother Runner to 4 children ages 4,6,8,and 10.I've been married to my high school sweetheart for 16 years and together for 24. I have a huge passion for running and fitness. My mission is to improve the quality of life and health of others through the innovative effective fitness training and nutritional coaching as my "day job" outside of being a mom. I actually found my passion of Ultra Running about 3 years ago when I was working on losing over 100+lbs of weight that I had gained over the years. In my very first year of running I ran 9 marathons and several small ultras. In my second year of running I completed 6-100 milers earning a belt buckle for each one of my children, my husband and myself. Best year ever!
I am Mandy, a momma, a runner and a triathlete. Growing up, I played soccer and hockey, so as an adult running seemed like a natural fit. I started running in 2008 after the birth of my second daughter. Running gave me the alone time I craved and exercise I needed. It's important for me to have goals, so I started participating in local races right away. I love to run, and thoroughly enjoy the thrill of the race! After several full marathons and numerous half marathons, I started triathlon in 2012. My favorite distance is 70.3 (half Ironman) but I also love the unique challenge posed by a 140.6 (full Ironman). I started running in SKORA shoes after being plagued by random aliments and injuries. By allowing my body to run as natural intended it's never been happier and I have never looked back. Run often, run long, but never out run your love of running! #runreal
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.
As an endurance athlete for over 15 years, I've enjoyed competing in events from 5Ks to Ironman triathlons, and have realized through these experiences that every race has its own unique challenges and successes. There's nothing quite like going past what you thought your limits once were. I'm a new running coach, and a new assistant race director because I have a deep love for running and the people involved in that community. Though achieving is great, spreading the joy that running and general fitness can bring is better. That's why I lead the November Project tribe in Denver. There's a lot of running euphoria to spread.
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.
My main mantra in life: passion, positivity, and perseverance; these are the attributes that encourage and fuel my soul! I consider myself an advocate for anything that has to do with creating awesome life experiences and plan to continue pursuing challenges that test my abilities and mental strength. I completed my first full distance Ironman in November 2014 and am now training for my first ultra marathon. My favorite part of it all is the amazing community of people that share a like-minded attitude about life and adventure!
I'm a runner and a physical therapist from Minnesota, currently living in St. Louis. I started my running journey while studying abroad in Spain in 2009. I've steadily built myself into a decent marathoner and hope to try my hand at ultra distance in the near future. One of my favorite aspects of running is sharing the community with so many awesome people. I'm in the process of starting a coaching/running blog to further my involvement in the running community and offer what guidance I can to newer runners. In addition to running, I practice yoga and race cyclocross. Branching out to different endeavors helps to keep me fresh and keep my running motivation up. I'm drawn to Skora because I love a neutral shoe with great ground feel. My favorite shoe is the Fit, though I race distance in the Tempo.
I was never a runner, nor was I into fitness. In fact, I was overweight and sedentary. In 2006, shortly after my wife and I started the long process of adopting our first daughter, I began my fitness journey - ultimately losing over 1/3 of my body weight and getting into the best shape of my life. Since then, I've completed several marathons and countless triathlons up to the half-iron distance. I also left my full-time career in IT to be a full-time independent fitness trainer and volunteer firefighter, in addition to being a husband, dad, and foster-dad. My approach to life is to Be Real and Love What You Do - just like my approach to running is to Run Real, and Love Your Run. My favorite Skora shoe (so far!) is "The Fit".
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!
I'm a geologist by day and dedicated trail runner by night (and early morning). A reformed couch potato, I started my journey with 5k’s in 2009, before graduating to half and full marathons. After my first full marathon, I decided on a whim to sign up for a full Ironman with having never attempting a triathlon. I completed Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 2011 and Ironman Texas in 2012 before jumping off the deep end to run ultra-distance trail runs. I have since run distances up to 100 miles and represented the United States at the 2013 IAU World Trail Running Championships in Wales (DNF due to injury). I proudly run a variety of distances and paces. I hope to inspire as many as I can along in my wild and crazy journey!
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 wear one of each color.
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.
Self-proclaimed "fitness nerd", I'm a corrective exercise specialist in Las Vegas, NV, with a love for basketball, working out, and the human body. I like running, but I keep my distances short... less than 400 meters at a time. I'm a sprinter by default, because the sports I choose require that intensity. There's nothing more euphoric to me than not being able to catch your breath after an all out 200. When I'm not physically moving, I'm helping my clients move better. It's a passion of mine to see improvement in everyone around me. It just feels good to see others feeling good!
My name is Wesley Celestino. I'm an avid trail runner. I love running. I started running on a dare and have never looked back. The thing that I love running the most is all the incredible people that you meet and interact with. I have run with homeless people, people who run with physical disabilities and people who run just for fun. Every runner brings a different story with them and it is amazing to hear all of those stories. I even started my own trail running group here in Philadelphia. It is called Chasing Trail. We are different from most groups because we truly welcome everyone. We just want people to enjoy the trails and nature as much as we do. We never leave anyone behind and never let anyone run alone. Snacks, fun and hugs!
I am a digital media entrepreneur and storyteller in many mediums, explorer, wellness warrior, and nature girl. I believe in many things: in ideas and self improvement, human potential, and dreaming and doing big things; in collaboration and connecting the dots, the power of network, and the magic of synergy; in heart, authenticity, and beauty. I'm a lifelong runner and split my time between Manhattan and Deer Isle, Maine. I travel often, always with running shoes in my bag. I have run through the streets of Ethiopia, across the bridges of Paris and Budapest, to monasteries in Italy, on beaches in Mexico, and many times around New York's Central Park, a few blocks from home. Running fuels my creativity and keeps me sane.