President - Amanda Williams
Joined Kingstowne Striders: 2016
About Amanda: Having studied geography and marine science at JMU and UNCW, respectively, Amanda has had a career in coral reef research and education, Navy Energy project management, and electronic navigational chart creation. She currently supports the Federal government as a maritime boundary geographer. Amanda began running in elementary school to avoid boredom by running laps around her parents house, but ran cross country and track throughout high school, which culminated with acting as the women's Cross Country Captain at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, VA her senior year. Though she chose to be in the drumline in college, Amanda continued to race 5Ks, then 10Ks, then many half-marathons and eventually her first (and only, so far) marathon in 2012: the Harrisburg Marathon. Amanda has also co-captained 3 DC Ragnar Relay teams (Mountain Crushers and the Ragnarly, Dudes!). From 2009-2013, Amanda served as the Vice President for the Northern VA Running Club and still maintains friendships with her former club, but wanted to try the Kingstowne Striders since they are closer to home. Her current running is mostly for triathlons. She completed 7 sprint tri's in 2016, leading her to win her Age Group in the Virginia-Maryland Super Sprint Series.
Favorite Race Experience: Running the Heritage Half Marathon in 2011 on a whim when a long time [rival] running buddy had beaten my PR, so I made sure he couldn't beat it again by shaving 15 MINUTES off my time, running a 1:41:33 (good enough for 3rd AG).
Favorite Race Medal: DC Ragnar Relay medals
Unaccomplished Race Goal: Completing a Half Ironman