2018 Frontline Race Team

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Meet your Frontline Race Team! In this brand new initiative for 2018, this group of 25 wonderful, engaged and active Canada Army Run ambassadors will:

  • Help promote and encourage people to come to Ottawa for Army Run
  • Test-drive new merchandise and gear
  • Race other events in Army Run race gear
  • Share their journey with you as they train, race and anything in between
  • Help share the message of Support Our Troops and encourage fundraising in the community

Click the images below to see each ambassador’s bio and to follow them on social media.

Rudy Allen

Chambly, QC

Rudy Allen

I am a 33-year-old self-styled running and triathlon enthusiast who thrives on challenges as they arise. Ever since I changed my lifestyle eight years ago in order to get in better physical shape, I have taken part in over 60 competitions, including 2 marathons and 4 triathlons. In 2018, all those years of hard work will undoubtedly pay off when I cross the finish line of the Half Ironman at Lake Placid, in the United States. I am originally from Beauce but have since been living in Chambly, Quebec, and am professionally fulfilled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre. What an honour it is for me to serve my country by training the next generation of great Canadians! In my free time, I work hard on totally crazy projects with my Team RN teammate, Nicholas. What is Team RN? We are a young, experienced sports duo with our sights set on races and triathlons in order to ultimately become Ironmen, and on hiking in order to conquer the most beautiful peaks in the world, including Mount Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp! On the 23rd of September 2018, I will very proudly take part in the Army Run for the eighth time. It will be an amazing race, so don’t miss it!

Nicholas Beaudoin-Mercier

Chambly, QC

Nicholas Beaudoin-Mercier

I’m an 18-year-old athlete! I play all kinds of sports – biathlon, triathlon, running, pentathlon, etc. As an outdoor enthusiast, I like exploring and discovering new cultures.

Ryan Butler

Nepean, ON

Ryan Butler

I’m an avid runner, devoted husband, big brother and human resources manager. I love the smell of new running shoes and the anticipation of race day!

Katrina Byrd

Ottawa, ON

Katrina Byrd

I was first inspired to run by my mother, Catherine, who sets out for a 4.5 km run five days a week. Catherine completed the half-marathon at the Ottawa Race Weekend in 2007, which inspired me to complete my first half-marathon in 2012. Since then, I have completed 19 half-marathons and have a goal to complete 30 before I turn 30. Running has become a stress reliever, and I find myself running most days of the week. Over the past couple years, I have also enjoyed the social aspects involved with running through Ottawa City Run Club, Run Ottawa and the online run community. I am a fifth year Commerce student at Carleton University and work part-at the Department of National Defence.  While not running, studying or working, I can often be found cuddling with my hairless cat, Lola. I am honoured to have been selected as a member for the first year of the Frontline Ambassador team.  I look forward to sharing my running stories and encouraging other runners leading up to Army Run.

Christine Cassey

Acton, ON

Christine Cassey

I’m a mom to two kids (aged 20 and 5), a partner to a full-time Army Reservist, an employee at NavCanada and a cofounder of SoTri.  Life is busy but short so I want to live it to its fullest!  I love running and triathlon, and try to bring new people to these sports each year. Sport has transformed my life by surrounding me with like-minded, positive and confident friends.

Lindsay Chung

Quesnel, BC

Lindsay Chung

I currently live on a farm in Quesnel, B.C., where I am lucky enough to do farm chores, work with horses and help build up programs to support veterans. I grew up in Comox, B.C., and am the daughter of a veteran who served in Rwanda, so I want to do as much as I can to support our troops – past and present. One of the best things I’ve done in my life is be part of the Communities for Veterans Foundation Ride Across Canada in 2015. I was a member of the support crew for a 211-day horseback ride from Victoria to St. John’s to raise awareness and support for contemporary veterans, and it was life-changing. I met so many wonderful people who are now good friends, and I feel very lucky I had a chance to make a difference in the lives of people I really admire. I am still heavily involved with Communities for Veterans, and I am excited to keep helping veterans through the foundation and through The Forge programs we plan to run on our farm in 2018 for people experiencing the symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and OSI (operational stress injury) and through events like Canada Army Run, which I plan to participate in until I physically cannot.

Patricia Clooney

Toronto, ON

Patricia Clooney

I’m a super-friendly (but hard-core) year-round runner – all weather, all conditions, all in! I love the simplicity of this sport. I love being able to run anytime, anywhere… taking it easy or pushing it to my limits. In my twenties I ran as a way to clear my head and feel better physically. Then a serious health issue shortly after I married left me hospitalized and bed-ridden. Once I started on the road to recovery I realized how weak I had become; I could barely stand. It took so much, physically and mentally, to get back on my feet, but I was determined to return to health and set myself what seemed an impossible goal: the New York City Marathon sub 3:30. I’d never run a marathon before, and it took dedication, commitment and hard work, but I crossed the finish line in Central Park achieving my goal. Now in my 40’s, I’m stronger and fitter than ever, and along with my husband (an avid cyclist/mountain biker), and our lovable pooch Henry, we live a very active lifestyle. We both work hard in our full-time jobs and love finding time to achieve our fitness goals. I’m so excited to share my love of running with others and am honored to be a Frontline Ambassador for 2018!

Fred Connor

Wawanesa, MB

Fred Connor

I joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a Reservist in 1984 with 2 Field Engineer Regiment in Toronto. In 1986 I joined the Regular Force, was posted to Calgary in 1987, did two tours in 1988 to Cyprus, in 1993 to Bosnia and served during the Ice storm. During my time in the CAF, I achieved my black belt in Shotokan Karate. I have been married since 1989, with two sons and a grandson. Throughout my career I had several postings to such places as Borden, Kingston and Shilo MB. During my career in the CAF I sustained several injuries, both physical and non-physical in nature, because of some of those injuries I was medically released from the CAF in April 2008 after serving 23 years.

Manon Desharnais

Kanata, ON

Manon Desharnais

I have been in the military for 22 years and for the last few years, I just started to love running. At the beginning, it was 5K or 10K, but last year I did my first ultra-marathon. Now I just need to see what will be next!

Harold Fudge

Ottawa, ON

Harold Fudge

I am a Newfoundlander who moved to Ottawa two decades ago to start a life, begin an adventure and to work as a software developer. After decades of not running, I started in early 2015 with a couch to 5K program, on my own with a simple goal to be in better condition for myself and my growing family. Now heading into a third year running, my life has completely changed. I am out for 40-50K a week year-round, happily. I meet up with different run groups each week to share in the experience and have built a moderate following on social media as I document my journey through photos and stories. I am still looking forward to the races yet to come this fall, running through the winter and breaking out into 2018 with a new set of goals, races and people to share it with.

Dustin Gavin

Ottawa, ON

Dustin Gavin

I’m an Islander at heart who now lives in Ottawa, the perfect place for running. Running is what I do, but I wasn’t always a runner. Leaving high school and organized sports forced me to make a change, a change I’m glad I made. Running allows me to escape my health professional life and enjoy what nature has to offer. Racing allows me to test myself as I try to beat yesterday. Running, it’s my thing.

Julie Gooch

Orleans, ON

Julie Gooch

I’m a busy mom of a toddler boy that tries to fit in as much running as I can! I work for the government and try to fit in my workouts at lunch or at night. I find that running helped me get over my postpartum depression and makes me a better mom, wife, daughter and person in general. I try to encourage others to run!

Hugh Langley

Ottawa, ON

Hugh Langley

I am a father of two (Aislin, 8, and Declan, 6 months), married to my high school sweetheart who is an amazing runner herself. I am a Controls Development Scientist for Environment and Climate Change Canada and… a RUNNER!

Tony Machado

Ottawa, ON

Tony Machado

Hi, I’m Tony. I was born and raised in our national capital and am a lover of all things running and food. I have run 25 marathons to-date, including several ultras, and have been a pace bunny at many events throughout Ontario ranging from 5K to marathons. I really enjoy every aspect of running, from the mental clarity it gives to the amazing running communities.

Jocelyn Outlaw

Etobicoke, ON

Jocelyn Outlaw

I am a driven, focused lifelong athlete that lives by the words ‘Never Quit’. I have always done everything with a full throttle attitude. In my two and a half years of running, I’ve got eight races under my belt – including two Canada Army Run Commander’s Challenges (the first which was my first half marathon) – a full marathon, two 10K races and the last three were 5K races. I am staring down the barrel of my first ultra (50K) this May and another exciting Commander’s Challenge in September. When I’m not running, I can be found going out on rucks, reading, enjoying a yoga session, being in the great outdoors and spending time with my loved ones. Being a part of this amazing Canada Army Run family is one of the greatest gifts. I feel that it allows me to pay forward the help that I have received during my journey to this point and I am so grateful to be able to do so.

Alexandra Ouzas

Ottawa, ON

Alexandra Ouzas

I grew up in Ottawa and love running through the city. I just finished my Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa doing research in polymers (I made glue!). I love any excuse to carbo-load and will never turn down post-run recovery beers and nachos. I also like to do crosswords. In my spare time, I like to play with my cat, Noelle.

Noel Paine

Ottawa, ON

Noel Paine

I’m a running dad, writer and blogger from the Ottawa area with a passion for promoting healthy, active living and of course running. I am a former Royal Canadian Air Force Captain and trained with the Canadian Forces Military Running team. My grandfather also served in the Air Force and flew on the Lancaster bombers in the Second World War. I have run everything from the 100m to 100km ultra-marathons and am constantly looking for new adventures. I am also always looking to meet new runners and pass on my love of the sport.

Marc-André Prégent

Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Quebec

Marc-André Prégent

In my teens, I was very active (in cycling, basketball and volleyball), but all that ended when I left school, and I quickly become hooked on fast food. When I was 27, I had a heart attack because of job burnout and especially bad eating habits. I should have turned my life around then, but I didn’t, since I considered myself to be an active person. In January 2013, I got sick again (with pericarditis). The turning point came during my appointment with a cardiologist. At the age of 34, I was told that if I did not make any changes, my chances of survival were barely 10 years. That message was really driven home on the 27th of June 2013 at my first follow-up appointment. I got on the scale and saw that I weighed over 450 pounds. Running was a revelation for me. Then I developed a taste for losing weight. I also got involved in the triathlon and caught the bug. I have now lost over 160 pounds. It has not always been easy, but when things get hard, I have lots of friends who are there to remind me that I have accomplished something and should not give up now. So, I can actually say running saved my life.

Yves Prévost

Ottawa, Ontario

Yves Prévost

I am a running nerd!  That comes from being a scientist with a physiology background.  I enjoy testing running plans to see the impact on running times.  I also enjoy coaching new runners and seeing them improve. I have the greatest dog, Archer. I enjoy training for dog sport competitions and taking him for long walks and runs.  He outruns me on the short distances, but I outlast him on the long ones! Finally, I enjoy woodworking and building. It really is about solving a problem and being creative.

Suzanne Robertson

Ottawa, ON

Suzanne Robertson

In short, I love to run, cook and drink coffee. I am a Type 1 Diabetic. Originally from Kingston, Ontario, I have now called downtown Ottawa home for the past 15 years. I work as an Assistant Branch Manager at Bank of Montreal.  My husband and I love to travel and have been to Hong Kong, London, Dubai, and all over Mexico and the Caribbean. In 2017, I entered the lottery for the Chicago Marathon and successfully finished my first marathon. I look forward to seeing what I can achieve in 2018!

Chelsie Smith

Ottawa, ON

Chelsie Smith

I am a graduate student at Carleton University, and I am currently completing my MA in organizational psychology. When I’m not studying, I can be found working (as a teaching assistant at the university or as a research assistant at the Department of National Defence), stalking my favourite athletes on social media, obsessively signing up for races, finding new podcasts to fall in love with and running through the downtown core or on the trails in Gatineau with as many friends as I can get to join me.

Josee Taillefer

Ottawa, ON

Josee Taillefer

I work as a manager for a Starbucks location downtown. I spend my Wednesday mornings with November Project, my evenings and weekends running, and my summers volunteering with Camp Quality. I try and sneak some time in with my favourite person (my niece) every few weeks.

Ashley Walton

Ottawa, ON

Ashley Walton

I’d consider myself a professional dog petter, amateur chef and an ever-evolving runner. After sustaining a concussion in 2016 that forced me to take a break from screens, I fell back in love with running. With each kilometer behind me, I became an advocate for self-love, learned to say yes more, to relish in the rewards to hard work and to quiet a busy mind of self-doubt. When I’m not running, I’m typically found outside with my dog Murphy who isn’t as fond of running. He prefers long trail walks and sniffing flowers.

Rebecca Wemyss

Ashton, ON

Rebecca Wemyss

I am an avid runner and teacher from Ashton, Ontario. I teach at the high school level and, in my spare time, I love to coach Cross Country/Track, both at my school and with the Ottawa Lions, as well as volunteer at races. I used to be a sprinter, but in 2009 decided to try and run longer than 800m. Eventually in 2014, I ran my first marathon. When I am not running, I enjoy photography, cooking and enjoying living out in rural Ottawa.

Michael Yowell

Omaha, Nebraska

Michael Yowell

I am a retired US Army Officer enjoying a second career. I love trail and road running as well as cycling.  When I’m not running a race I’m volunteering at one!