2017 3W Races Ambassadors
"I want to be a 3W Ambassador because of the community of 3W Ambassadors, employees, and runners. The amazing people that I got to run, volunteer and work with before was by far my favorite part and it was the thing I missed the most when I was in London."
Memorable Moment from 2016: "My first event as an ambassador volunteering. Everyone was to much fun to work with and I learned so much on that cold morning. I remember so clearly the faces of the last runners coming through. They were so happy! I got my first hug from a runner as an ambassador. I knew then that I had found a good place to be in life. It was cold, but 3W showed me how warm they could make everyone feel."
On the 3W Motto: "It means to quit making excuses and get out there! I started helping the 100 mile club at my school. I can't do it everyday, but have committed to at least one day a week. It's not as often as I'd like to, but it is what I can do right now. Now kids in the hall recognize me as their running buddy which is awesome."
"3W Team will always be close to my heart. 3W arranged a charity run for my son who suffered an almost fatal TBI a few years back. They supported us during the hardest times. 3W Team has a heart of gold. I’m a 5-time Ironman, and I’m excited to be back to represent as a 3W Ambassador, and to be a part of a local environmentally friendly running community who cares and gives so much."
"I think that the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time. I enjoy running. I enjoy sunshine. I enjoy having a community of people who understand the joy of being out there. The next step for me is finding MORE people to run with!"
On the 3W Motto: "[I try to apply this] not only in running but in daily life. One example is that commonly when on the trail or hiking with my boys, we will pick up any trash we see and dispose of it ...If everyone contributes a small amount of time or money towards a passion, we can truly change the world."
"Strangely enough, I love to run but I don't always love to race. I suspect that there may be a lot of runners like me. I'd like to help bring them into the racing community and since 3W really changed how I felt about racing, I'm confident that I will be effective in sharing that message and growing the 3W family."
Favorite race: "Bourbon Chase - it is really the [first] race I fully participated in. Something about your first is always special. It is also something I did with my husband and good friends. I am looking forward to setting new goals and achieving them with 3W Races."
What is your favorite race you've ever done? "Not a race, but I completed a 27 Mile adventure in 2016 called the '4 Pass Loop' through the Maroon Bells Wilderness. It was 10.5 hours of out-of-this-world trail running with four amazing women."
"I used my [volunteer] time to educate the student leadership at Arapaho Ridge Elementary on proper flag respect and maintenance."
On the 3W Motto: "[It means] being a part of the community, helping out and giving back to the best of your ability. This year has been crazy busy....and I still try to help the people I deal with on a daily basis."
Volunteering in 2016: Volunteers for Colorado Veterans. "Veterans running with tactical bags of rocks were thanking ME for volunteering. Seriously. Veterans are remarkable."
Charity volunteer for 2016: "My daughter and I went to FRIENDS to play games and read books. We taught a special needs group how to cook and make beds and to do every day things that we take for granted. There is always a way to get things done no matter what the disability is."
Favorite race ever done: "Oktoberfest Tri 2016. It was my first triathlon. I couldn't really swim but I made it through, didn't drown and rocked the bike and run." Also Dave says he makes a good ambassador because he is generally positive, encouraging and devilishly handsome. :)
Favorite Race: "[2016's] Women's Classic. I did a lot of really awesome races this year, but this one was special because it was the first 5k that Amelia [my daughter] had ever completed...and it happened to be on Mother's Day. That memory makes me smile still.
"3W is so near and dear to my heart. Not only do I get to know/work with some of the most open-hearted people I have ever met, but I get to encourage other in their running. On top of that, we work to support those in our community through 3W's charity giving. I think, more than ever, we need to work together to support each other and life each other up. 3W gives me the unique opportunity to do that within the context of running and charity. I am honored to be a 3W Ambassador!"
"The community within 3W has proven to be a salve for my spirit, a necessary 'out' in the midst of the chaos found within the inner city world of education. I cannot fully express how many times just showing up to volunteer at an event has soothed the savage beast threatening to rear its ugly head. There's a sense of togetherness I've not experienced anywhere else and I can't imagine not making time for 3W Races. They are, and will continue to be, a priority in my schedule.
Favorite Moment: "Having [other ambassadors] Yougin and Erica "run" me in at a race and I decided to give it all I had; I just about kill Yougin! Just having the support being the last runner is why I love 3W."
Goals for 2017: "1. 26.2 with Donna - The Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. 2. Glacier Half Marathon. 3. Continue to make myself healthier and a roll model for my kids."
AJ also said that she wants to be a 3W ambassador because it has turned into their family. :)
"The motto to me means that you don't have to have a lot to make a difference. It starts with what you have, where you are, doing what you can. Change starts with one person at a time, one voice at a time, one gesture at a time. It doesn't have to be grand to be profound."
"There have been times in the last few years where I didn't have money, strength or good health. The 3W motto means i can jump in and help when I am physically able to 'do what I can.' I can juggle home, kids, health issues and still volunteer and be included 'when I can.'"
2017 Goals: "-Continue to heal and remain injury free.
-Get back into running shape.
-I plan to do four half marathons in 2017.
It doesn't matter anymore how fast I am. What matters is that I'm MOVING!"
On the 3W Motto: " Chase your dreams no matter what "it" is. Get out there and make it happen! [The motto means] that you don't have to be the fastest runner. Be happy and try to succeed in what you do."
"I have loved getting to know everyone and be involved in the community so much. It makes me want to be a better me and run more."
"Having been [a 3W ambbassadors] for several years now, I get great satisfaction not only from spreading the word about 3W, but also rom being around like-minded people. Being a part of someone's journey, whether watching them progress throug the Six Pack Series or seeing their hard work culminate in a Prairie Dog Half, it's an honor to be a part of such an inclusive, encouraging community.
Favorite race: "The 2016 Let Freedom Run. My kiddo and I both dressed up in costumes. He and I had been working on his pacing and pushing himself. We walked into the race that morning with the goal of a sub 35 min 5k. It was a fun morning but the best part was seeing his face when he found out that he had PR'd by over four minutes. The smile on his face was infectious and was a great feeling to see him meet and crush his goal."
Why he wants to be an ambassador: "I think I can do more and give something back to the running community. 3W is a vibrant company that invites people of all level to be out there and be better runners. [I] would love to be more involved on this."
Julie's goals for 2017 are:
1. A pace goal of a13 minute mile
and 2. To Run her first Half Marathon!
So, cheer her on! Now it's on the internet - more motivation to accomplish it! :)
"I love the 3W company. It's great to volunteer with such fun people. I have been trying to get fit after a knee replacement surgery and have found the encouragement I need doing 5k races with 3W."
"3W Races has changed my life in so many way! I have gained life long friends...I love being a part of such an amazing community as well as supporting local charities. I am continually inspired by other ambassador and I love to inspire other runners!"
On the 3W Motto: "I think it means that doing something small can lead to a bigger overall impact. We all [have] limited resources whether it's time, money, etc. but how we use those resources can have a significant impact on you or someone else."
Favorite Race: Heart Throb in Arvada
"It was the first 3W Race I attended and was one reason why we moved to Arvada and bought a house here."
Goal For 2017: Run a marathon every other month.
"Having been an ambassador for a year now and experiencing the whole 3W family, being part of many 3W events (running and volunteering), having a blast at the parties, forming new friendships and having been able to share the Ragnar adventure made me a bigger 3W fan than ever before. I love and fully support what 3W stands for."
On the 3W Motto: "I have come to see this as a motto for framing our interactions with one another...doing what we can when we can to be kind, to show respect and to seek common ground with another wherever we are."
A memorable moment since becoming a 3W Ambassador: "There's one gentleman that comes to our six pack series who wears a brace on his knee. Whenever he starts the race or finishes the race he inspries me and those around him. It shows determination and dedication. It's such an honor to be witness to people's accomplishments.
"The friends I have in this group have made [a rough year] much more bearable. I haven't done any big events but every time I'm at a 3W event there are friends everywhere which makes it hard to pick out a single [most memorable] moment."
Tell us something about you charity volunteer experience at Sould Dog Rescue: "I just love working with animal and being able to help people get their fur babies spayed/nuetered was a good use of my volunteer time. I worked closely with other technicians and vets to get so many animals fixed was pretty amazing."
"I love being an ambassador for this company. [I get] to cheer on those just starting their running journeys and those that are pushing theirs to the next level. I love interacting with people from my local communities ... seeing some of the same families and getting to watch them get faster.... watching little kids run is some of my favorite moments. It's all heart. Just love it."
"I want to be a part of the experience of helping and encouraging others to get out and move, whether that means running or walking. I want to see the faces of accomplishment when they accomplish something that they thought was never to be. I want to continue to push myself to achieve new goals ... and be that person for others."
"By saying 'Do what you can, when you can, where you are," you are encouraging and empowering everyone to do a little something, no matter how small they believe it to be.... This idea evolved a bit for me this year. I didn't think having a second kid would change things too much. However, after going back to work I had found it difficult to create a routine. I started to be really hard on myself....I realized I was trying to be every person to everybody. I was putting that pressure on myself and no one was expecting those things. I thought of the 3W Motto and realized that it was all about finding a personal balance. It's allowing me to have more grace with myself and giving me and opportunity to find new and creative ways to make a difference."
"I referred clients to 'A Precious Child' all of the time in my previous job but I had never had a chance to check out the operation. Volunteering gave me the opportunity to see how everything works. I was so impressed to see the store that they have created to give their clients a true shopping experience."
Memorable moment at the Heart Throb 5k: "My fiancé completed her first 5k with me. I introduced her to the ambassadors and normal vendors that day. Everyone was so supportive and so encouraging! She isn't a runner and was so concerned what people would think of her! I was so proud to be a part of 3W that day."
"The most memorable moments [with 3W] have been the interactions with everyone at every event. I have never experienced something in which I was a part of a group and felt as welcome as I do with this group. All of the moments have been outstanding."
"The [3W] Motto to me means live life to its fullest. I have had many family and friends leave too early in life and when I am out being active and social it reminds me to enjoy life every minute of every day. If you can encourage that one person with a high-five or a smile or lend a helping hand...it's a great day."
Goals for 2017: Get out on my bike more, at least three half marathons (plus training), and consistently attend yoga.
A memorable 3W Moment: "Having some of my co-workers run the six pack with me and also being encouraged by my fellow ambassadors to run my first ever half marathon. I did it!"
On the 3W Motto: "I always look at ways to give back. This year for our annual team meeting, I took my team to the Oregon Food Bank Garden to spend a 1/2 day giving back. I work for an organization that has a commitment to community involvement and giving back."
"I truly love this organization and group of people. I feel so fortunate for the relationships I've made and life long friendships. It's an amazing group of people who support each other, support our runner and really exude that can-do attitude...Its wonderful to see the difference [we] are making in the community as well as offering a fantastic experience for all runners."
"I want to be a 3W Races Ambassador [so I can] continue to bring the joy of running and spirit of community to others. I really love cheering new runners on, celebrating others' PRs, talking about 3W with coworkers and others in my communinty and inspriing others to run and to contribute to our local community."
Memorable moment from 2016: "Getting to learn about course set. Getting up at 3AM to be out setting cones and sign in the dark. Knowing that in a short amount of time hundreds of runners will be passing by without really understanding how much work went into the course. The best part of setting the course is seeing the sun come up."