Elites – Female

Obsie Birru
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 32, Phoenix, AZ - Post-collegiately, Birru has progressed significantly on her trajectory towards becoming a consistently top-ranked American distance runner. Notable highlights include: 2020 US Olympic Trials, 2020 2nd OA at CIM Marathon (2:30:24), 2018 Team USA Member NACAC XC Team, 2017 USATF Minnesota Indoor 3k Champion (9:49), 2016 USA Olympic Trials, 2016 Capital Pursuit 10 Mile Champion (57:57), 2016 5th OA and 1st OA American Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Obsie lives and trains in Phoenix, AZ. She works full time as an educator and also runs a health and wellness consulting company, OBS Health & Wellness. She loves traveling and racing across the country, connecting with other athletes and being a brand ambassador for her sponsors that have invested in her success.
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Sarah Brewer
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 33, Lansing, MI -
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Lindsay Flanagan
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 30, Boulder, CO - Personal Bests Marathon-2:28.08 (Chicago, 2019) Half Marathon-1:09.37 (Houston, 2020) 10k-32:22 (Stanford, 2015) 7th place Chicago Marathon 2019 9th place Boston Marathon 2019 4th place Frankfurt Marathon 2019
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Molly Grabill
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 29, Superior, CO - Placed 25th at the US Marathon Trials in 2020. Has a half PR of 71:45 and ran her 10k PR this past spring in 32:46. Currently lives in Superior, CO.
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Theresa Hailey
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 32, Portland, OR - I was born and raised in a small town outside of Spokane, WA and I attended college at the University of Portland where I studied Mechanical Engineering and earned a Masters in Business. While in college I ran Cross Country and Track and after college I set my sights on the Olympic Marathon Trials. After many attempts I achieved my goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials in Atlanta where I placed 77th and ran a PR of 2:42:49. In my professional life (outside of running) I work as a Lead Tool Design Engineer at Boeing and help my husband with his small woodworking business.
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Erika Kemp
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 26, Allston, MA - 1st at USATF 20K National Championships (2021) 1st at USATF 15K Road Championships (2019) 2nd at USATF 5K Road Championships (2018) Six-time NCAA All-American 17th at NCAA Cross Country Championships (2016) 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5,000m (2018) 7th at USATF Club Cross Country Championships (2019) 5th at USATF 5K Road Championships (2019)
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Allie Kieffer
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 34, Austin, TX - 5th in 2017 NYC Marathon 7th in 2018 NYC Marathon 2nd in 2018 US 20K Championships
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Ellie Leondard
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 25, Bethesda, MD - After refusing to run cross country in middle school because "two miles is too far," Ellie went on to compete for the University of Michigan cross country team (class of '18) and subsequently began running marathons. She is currently a second year medical student at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD affiliated with the Georgetown Running Club.
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Heather McKirdy
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 37, Flagstaff, AZ - Co-Founder and member of the McKirdy Trained High Performance Team
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Maria Mettler
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 22, Colorado Springs, CO - Recently graduated from the US Air Force Academy where I primarily focused on the 5k and 10k track events. Placed 3rd at the NCAA D1 10k championships this year and finished out my collegiate running career racing in the Olympic Trials. I am excited to continue to pursue elite level running at the post collegiate level and will be racing for the US Air Force.
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Makena Morely
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 24, Bozeman, MT -
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Angie Nickerson
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 26, Flagstaff AZ - 33:12 - 10,000m 73:57 - half marathon Member of the McKirdy Trained High Performance Team Coach at McKirdy Trained
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Madison Offstein
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 25, Chicago IL - I am about two years removed from running in college. At Princeton, I came in as an 800 runner and gradually moved up to the 1500 and 3k by my senior year - seeing real improvement at these slightly longer distances and in XC. Critical to my athletic journey is the renewed sense of purpose, gratitude, and dedication to the sport that I found after my sister, a former student-athlete at Elon, was hit by a car while running in the spring of 2017 and suffered a life-altering traumatic brain injury. Post college, I am now pursuing longer distances on the track and roads - clocking a PR in the 5k (15:57) and debuting a 10k on the track (33:28) this past season!
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Jullian Pollack
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 32, Arlington VA - Generation UCAN Elite Athlete. 2020 US Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier. PRs - Marathon 2:44:44; Half Marathon 1:19:02. 23rd female (13th American) NYC Marathon 2016. 24th female (3rd American) Berlin Marathon 2017. 32nd female (7th American) Berlin Marathon 2018.
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Ashlee Powers
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 27, Beverly Hills, CA - professional distance runner for Cal Coast Track Club. Prior to Cal Coast, Ashlee ran for Southern Methodist University (‘12) and UCLA (‘16). During her time at SMU, Powers was named Most Inspirational Athlete, as well as Conference-USA’s Freshman of the Year. Ashlee scored for UCLA’s Cross Country team at PAC-12 and NCAA Regionals during the 2013 and 2015 seasons. Before 2016, Ashlee battled injuries that kept her from training at her full potential. After graduating from UCLA, Powers committed herself to heal her ailments and began her build-up to the marathon. With patience and determination, Powers was able to qualify for the US Olympic Trials in her debut marathon (2:39:04) at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon placing 24th overall female. In December 2020, Powers completed her third marathon at the Marathon Project setting a new Personal Best of 2:38:20. Powers is also an entrepreneur and founded Ashlee’s Powers, Inc. - a CBD wellness brand - in 2018 after finding healing through the use of CBD. In her free time, she speaks to youth athletic teams about goal setting, perseverance, and how to be more than an athlete.
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Regan Rome
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 25, Providence, RI -
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Jaci Smith
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 24, Albuquerque, MN - 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000m – 10th place 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials – 19th place 5x NCAA Division I All-American (U.S. Air Force Academy C/O 2019) Currently a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, working as a nuclear surety engineer at Kirtland AFB
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Andrea Toppin
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 28, Broomfield CO - Hi, my name is Andrea Toppin and I am a Chiropractor at Washington Park Chiropractic in Denver, CO as well as an elite marathoner for Oiselle. I live and train near Boulder, CO.
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Annmarie Tuxbury
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 27, Barkhamsted, CT - 2:39:05 marathon personal best set enroute to a 35th place finish at the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials. 1:12:41 half marathon personal best set at the 2019 Richmond Half Marathon. Also top finishes of 9th in 2018 and 10th in 2021 at the USATF 20k Championships.
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Christina Welsh
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 25, St. Petersburg FL - Christina Welsh is a 25-year-old runner who lives and trains in St. Petersburg, Florida, specializing primarily in the marathon. She began seriously training for road races in early 2021, after taking two years off from competitive running at the end of her collegiate career. This led to a marathon PR of 2:44:35 at the 2021 Grandma's Marathon. This will be her first time racing the 25k distance, and she looks forward to testing herself in a shorter race. When she's not running, she is attending the University of South Florida, where she is working on a PhD in Marine Science.
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Daisy Kimeli
5K / 10K Combo
Age 26, Lansing, MI -
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Alsu Lennenman
Age 27, Novi, MI
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Mary Munanu
5K / 10K
Age 27, Lansing, MI
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Esther Wanjiru
5K / 10K Combo
Age 21, Lansing, MI -
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Raychel Figurski
Age 27, Grandville, MI
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Kathryn Munks
Age 23, Rochester Hills, MI - From New York Went to school at Penn State A member of the Hansons Brooks ODP
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Aoibhe Richardson
Age 24, New York NY
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Amy Davis
Age 24, Rochester Hills, MI - Former University of Wisconsin Madison athlete and current Hanson athlete
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Kimberly Proctor
Age 23, Rockford, MI
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Hope Van Dyke
Age 26, Hudsonville, MI - I ran xc and track at Unity Christian High school then Calvin University. I have struggled a lot with injuries including 7 stress fractures and complications with my scoliosis. I have been busy in Grand Valley's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program but have been able to train more this winter semester. I am look forward to being healthy and racing. Best times: 25k 1:42:16 10k 37:31 5k 17:42 3k 10:40 1500 4:45 Best races: USATF 25k championship 22nd place 2018 USATF 7 mile championship 19th place 2017 10k MIAA conference champion 2016
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