Meet the Team

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Nora Erspamer

Nora is from Chicago and moved to Colorado January of 2019. She ran cross country and track for North Central College. Post-collegiately, she has been focusing on extending her range to the half and full marathon. She is in marketing for an IT company. She is coached by Phil Buckley and is a founder of DMR. She loves running at Waterton Canyon and with her pup, Koda.
 

1500: 4:32

Half Marathon: 1:19

Marathon: 2:56

Janna Mitsos

Janna is from Chicago. She ran in college at the University of New Mexico. Post-collegiately, she studied to become a dentist, and took a couple of years off from running. Since then she was running competitively in ABQ, and is now living in Denver. She is working on hitting new PRs from the 10K through the marathon distance. She is coached by Dr. Jason Karp.


5K: 16:28
10K: 35:49
10 Mile: 1:00:54

Half Marathon: 1:19:45

Katherine Ward

Katherine ran cross country and track in the 5K and 10K at the USAF Academy for four years. She has served in the Air Force for 8.5 years, including a stint in the World Class Athlete Program where she trained for the Olympic Trials in the half marathon. She has since bumped up to the marathon distance. She is coached by Juli Benson. When she is not running, she is living it up in her tiny house on wheels (306 sq feet)!

5k: 16:57
10K: 35:29
Half Marathon: 1:16:30

Marathon: 2:57

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Aubrey Armento

Aubrey first started running marathons for fun with a run club in college at the University of North Carolina. When she moved to Colorado, she decided she wanted to start training for the marathon more seriously, which she has been working at over the last few years. She is coached by Addie Bracy with Peak Training. Her favorite place to run is at Doudy Draw in Boulder, CO. Aubrey works as a sports medicine physician at the University of Colorado with a special interest in running medicine. 

Marathon: 2:50

Amy grew up in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada. She ran track for Université de Moncton and qualified for nationals in the 300m and 600m. In 2022, she became the National Record Holder for Canada in the Masters road mile.
 

After moving to Colorado in 2004, she decided to try the marathon distance and has completed 8 over the years. As a masters runner, Amy is now focusing on shorter distances, including the mile and track. Amy works as a Public Health Dietitian and is coached by Phillip Buckley
 

Marathon: 3:06
Half: 1:23
10k: 38:06
5k: 18:49

Mile: 5:12

Marie moved to Colorado in 2019. She has been running since high school and enjoys racing the 5k through the marathon distance. Her favorite places to run include Cherry Creek, the Santa Fe Trail, Forest Park in Oregon, and the many country roads of Wisconsin where she grew up.


When not running she enjoys hiking, biking, and backpacking. She works as an orthopedic physician assistant in Colorado Springs. She is coached by Phil Buckley.

 

8k: 29:54

Half Marathon: 1:25

Marathon: 2:59

Marie Peterson

Amy Armstrong

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Melissa ran for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She loves to also climb, cook, adventure with her dachshund Abby and travel the world! She works for Ball Aerospace. Her favorite place to run is anywhere in the mountains! She has been coached by Phil since 2011.

 

5k:18:55

Half Marathon 1:25

Mile: 5:09

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Anna is originally from Minneapolis, MN and moved to Denver in the Fall of 2019. She ran cross country and track at Luther College in Decorah, IA.  

Since moving to Denver, Anna has started to focus more on getting back into competitive running.

When she’s not training, Anna loves to snuggle with her dogs and go hiking with her friends! 

5K: 17:45
10K: 40:43

Half: 1:27

Ashley's passion for running started at a young age, racing around her grandparent's home.  She ran in high school after brief aspirations of playing soccer and went on to compete in the steeplechase at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Post-collegiately, she ran for the Boulder Running Company Retail Race team for 7 years.  

 

She is coached by her husband and works as a Physician Assistant in Family Practice for the past 9 years. 

Half Marathon: 1:22:26
5K:16:57
10K: 36:58

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Ashley Birger Luna

Melissa McKinley

Anna Ryden

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Megan Wenham

Lauren Bruns

Kelly Brown

Lauren began running in high school at the suggestion of the cheerleading coach (the rhythm and coordination of cheer wasn't a strong skill set). She’s been running ever since and completed her first marathon in 2010. After finishing pediatrics residency in 2017, she’s been able to refocus on running more competitively and is excited to train with a group of talented women. 
 

Lauren lives in Denver. She works as a newborn hospitalist at Denver Health and UCH at Anschutz. 

Marathon: 3:00

Kelly has run a few marathons, several 50ks, and two 50 mile trail races. To stay passionate about running and injury free, she utilizes a mixture of road and trail running throughout her training. While ultra-marathons are a big challenge, Kelly has shifted her focus to running fast on the roads and desires to train more seriously with the the team.

 

She currently works as a pediatric nurse and is rarely seen running without her furry training partner, Roo.

 

Marathon: 2:57

Half Marathon: 1:24

Megan ran cross country and track for four years at Colorado School of Mines after a brief stint in high school as a high jumper. She graduated from Mines in 2019
with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and works at an engineering consulting company called Burns and McDonnell.

Since graduating college, she has been working on extending her race distance to the half and marathon range, although she will always have a soft spot for the 3,000m steeple.

When Megan is not running she enjoys reading, knitting, sewing, and spending time with family.


5K:17:19

Half Marathon: 1:26

Marathon: 2:52

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Maggie Lapinski

Maggie ran Track and Cross Country for North Central College. She recently started running again competitively. She is the two-time International Pancake Queen. Her favorite place to run is at Waterton Canyon or through your mind. She is a third grade teacher in Lakewood.

Half Marathon: 1:27

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Carrie Assell

Carrie is a Master's Runner, Wife and Mom of 3. She was a walk-on at University of Illinois-Champaign and a member of Impala Racing Team in San Francisco for 10 years. She is coached by Olympian Jenny Spangler. She is USATF Level One coaching certified and coached High School Track and XC in Illinois.

She is currently a stay at home Mom and real estate investor. She has lived in three states and favorite runs include those with a great view- Lakeshore path in Chicago, Mt. Diablo in San Francisco, trail running in Vail. 

Carrie is excited for a new challenge of moving into the 50K ultra scene after many years of Marathoning.

 

5k: 17:04

Half Marathon:1:24

Marathon: 2:56

50K: 4:58

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Courtney Camden

Courtney was born and raised in Colorado where she played competitive soccer at Azusa Pacific University. It wasn’t until her collegiate soccer career ended with her second ACL tear in 2 years that she discovered her passion for running. During grad school, she fell in love with the marathon distance, which is her primary training focus right now.  Courtney is a 5th grade teacher.

 

Marathon: 2:56

Half: 2:21

5k: 17:12

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Olivia Treitman

Olivia grew up in Colorado and competed on the triathlon team at CU Boulder. Since graduating, she has been enjoying focusing on running. She likes racing the mile, 5k, and 10k distances, and is coached by Phillip Buckley. Olivia lives in Denver and works in the aerospace industry as a DSP engineer. When not running or working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends.