In August 2006, I sat along the parade route of Railroad Days wondering why our city's summer festival didn't have a fun run. The following summer, Run Snoqualmie launched, hosting the 1st Annual Railroad Days 5k/10k. Since that fateful day in 2007, Run Snoqualmie has hosted more then 30+ races in the Valley.
I created Run Snoqualmie to make running more prominent in Snoqualmie especially for kids.
As a high school track and cross country coach I know first hand the positive impact running can have in people's lives. Some of my most accomplished high school runners got their start running in Run Snoqualmie events.
Part of Run Snoqualmie 's legacy is that it has built a stronger sense of community and contributed financially to local organizations. Over the last decade, Run Snoqualmie has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to local youth organizations.
I have had the privilege of coaching hundreds of some of the best kids in the Valley over the last 14 Track and Cross Country seasons at Mount Si High School. I have helped triple the size of the Cross Country team over the last five years and coached the girls team to their only two State Meet appearances in school history and the boys to their first in 35 years. To quote Whitney Houston, "I believe the children are our future" and it's a thrill to be part of the village that raises these great kids.
Prior to my coaching responsibilities, I took an active role in campaigning for the passage of virtually every proposed school bond since 2005. In the infamous election of February 2011, where the school bond failed by one vote, I led the fundraising effort to trigger the recount effort. While my role was less prominent in the most recent bond, my family and I contributed several hours volunteering at the phone bank to ensure passage of the bond that built TRES and the new Mount Si High School.