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Athletes of the Month

Stephanie Wasden

Stephanie Wasden

We caught up with our athlete of the month, the newly minted duathlete Stephanie Wasden at Spring Classic. Stephanie was the last finisher that day – she knew she would be last, but it didn’t bother her. She was there to finish and finish she did. Stephanie’s...

Ron Draper

Ron Draper

April’s athlete of the month is the incredible and fun-loving, 89-year-old Ron Draper! We caught up with Ron at the Couve Clover Run and he shared his inspirational story with us, fresh off the 3-mile course. Ron, a Korean War veteran (thank you for your service!),...

Cheryl Raeburn

Cheryl Raeburn

Our March Athlete of the Month is the one and only Cheryl Raeburn! At 65 years young, Cheryl is a regular at Why Racing events and a friend to many in our running community. She’s been running regularly for about 15 years and has competed in countless races. She...

Mike Floyd

Mike Floyd

February 2022 athlete of the month is the fun-loving running enthusiast, Mike Floyd! Mike is a long-time runner and has many half marathons under his belt. PeaceHealth Appletree last year was his 91st Half Marathon– the registration team gave him bib # 291 to...

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Meet our athlete of the month for January 2022, Karen Johnson! Karen’s story is one of survival, resilience and support from girlfriends!

Brandon & Robert Hozak

Brandon & Robert Hozak

December's athlete of the month is a dynamic father and son duo who have both overcome incredible challenges in their lives and continue on their journey of inspiring athleticism. Make yourself comfortable as we proudly introduce you to: Brandon Hozack, age 38, and...

Steve Walters

Steve Walters

November’s athlete of the month is the Marathon Freak himself, Steve Walters! We caught up with Steve at Appletree Marathon in September. It was a very momentous occasion for Mr. Walters – his 450th marathon! You read that right – 450 marathons! That is quite the...

Vikki Gasko Green

Vikki Gasko Green

What's Your Why? Vikki Gasko Green I didn't start exercising until I was 45 years old. I didn't start running until I was 49 years old. My friend Amy asked me if I wanted to do a running event, and I agreed as long as I just walked. " I DON'T RUN!" I said. That...

Rob Druffel

Rob Druffel

What's Your Why? Rob DruffelI have been running my whole life. Growing up, I played baseball, soccer, football, and skied. I trained for each sport by running throughout high school. Running has always come easily to me. In college, I continued to run sporadically. In...