• Coaches

    Lonn Robertson, DMD

    Co-Coach

    Lonn Robertson began serious long-distance running and racing 14 years ago when he hit 50. Since then he has raced all over the world, completing 53 marathons or ultras and countless half marathons. His proudest moments were when he finished 2nd in his age division at the New York City Marathon (55,000 runners) and when he ran the Comrades Marathon (56-mile road ultra in Durban, South Africa).

    As a health care provider, Lonn is deeply interested in the science of performance; studying most of the great marathon coaches and reading extensive research on running physiology and biochemistry. His passion for and experience with long-distance training provides the individuals on the team with carefully developed plans and strategies toward achieving maximum potential racing performance.

    Jenn Lewis, PhD

    Co-Coach

    Jenn Lewis loves everything about running - the science, psychology, challenge, and freedom of it. Dedicated as both a participant and coach, Jenn has had a relationship with running for over a decade, finding a particular love in endurance and trail running.

     

    Jenn has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and years of experience in research and mental health care. She applies her knowledge of psychological and cognitive processes to enhance athletes' well-being, motivation, confidence, and grit. Her research experience lends to a scientific approach to running, nutrition, and overall fitness and helping the team to stay updated on the most evidence-based practices in athletic performance. She is extremely passionate about helping runners of all abilities accomplish their goals through learning self-confidence, setting boundaries, breaking down barriers and pushing limits healthily. Jenn is a certified Road Runners Club of America endurance coach and a certified personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist through the International Sports Sciences Association.

     

    To learn more about individual coaching or mindset and mental performance training visit www.jennlewisphd.com or contact at coach.jennlewis@team5amrunning.madness.com

  • 5 AM Running Madness Team

    Meet the Runners

    Stefanie Albert

    5am Runner OG

    In elementary school, I loved running the mile in PE class. I actually ran my first distance race in third grade. I think the course was about a mile and a quarter which seemed pretty long as an eight-year-old. However, my real love of running began in high school track and cross country. Other kids did those sports to stay in shape for soccer or basketball, but running was my thing. My specialty in high school was hurdles, but I also loved running the mile relay.

    In 2006 I ran my first half marathon, and quickly became hooked on distance running. Later that year I ran my first marathon in Portland, Oregon. Since then I have run five other marathons. These days I focus on shorter races, and balancing my role as a wife, mother, and ICU nurse.
     

    PRs

    Marathon: 3:06.50

    Half marathon: 1:24.33

    10K: 39:00

    5K: 18:44

     

    I am one of the original 5am Madness runners, along with Brad and Lonn. Over the years I’ve had some lapses in my commitment to running at such an early hour, but I’ve been a regular again for the last few years. As hard as it can be to wake up so early to run, in my busy life it really is the best time to run. It always feels great to do something for myself before spending the day focusing on other people’s needs. However, what really keeps me dedicated is the people in this group. This really is such a pleasant group of people be around!

    Dan Bowers

    5am Runner since 2015

    I first started running in 2007 when a friend convinced me and my roommates to come out and go for 2-3 mile runs. I soon realized that even on days when we couldn’t get the group together, I still wanted to go run… it took another couple years of running casually for me to seriously begin training up to marathon distances, but once I did I was hooked.

     

    I’ve known Lonn for many years, and I had heard legends of his group of 5AM runners as far back as 2012, but at the time I declared that was too early for me. Around mid-2015 I finally decided to commit to running in the mornings during the workweek, and after a couple of injury-riddled years I joined this group to help me get back to being able to run marathons again. Turns out, they helped me get a whole lot faster too. My favorite thing about running is the feeling of accomplishment that comes from setting a goal for yourself, working hard, and then realizing that goal.

     

    PRs

    Marathon: 2:57:27 (CIM 2018)

    Half-marathon: 1:26:54

    10K: 39:30

    5K: 18:42 (2021 Track Town Throwdown 5k)

     

    I also run with a group at work (PacificSource) and I’ve been organizing company teams for Cascade Lakes Relay and the Scandia Run 10K for the last 5 years.

     

    I don’t really know how best to describe the 5AM Madness team. It’s the most supportive, caring group of people I could imagine training with. But everyone also brings an intensity to their training so that we’re always pushing to make each other better. It’s a dedicated group of people who are just mad enough to make the entire experience immensely enjoyable!

    Scott Bush

    5am Runner since 2020

    Back in 2009 I decided to prove to myself I could complete a half marathon. It was ugly as I was not trained well enough and conditions were awful that day, but I finished it and something left me desiring. When I moved to Eugene in 2015, I began to slowly take running more seriously pursing longer distances and faster times.

    My favorite race so far has been the Dirty Half trail race in Bend - a scenic, and not too technical route with a Hydra Flask finisher medal. The toughest race I've done is the Mt. Charleston marathon near Vegas - higher altitude with a significant elevation drop and 80+ temperatures.

     

    The biggest factors as to why I enjoy running are the physical and mental strength gains, along with the community. You get to challenge as much of yourself as you are willing to undertake. There's a mutual respect knowing other runners face the same trials as you. As a result, you encourage yourself to be the best version of yourself while encouraging others.

     

    PRs

    50K:4:58:12 (Virtual MRTR 2020)

    Marathon: 3:43

    Half marathon: 1:33:17

    10K: 41:12

    5K: 19:27

     

    The 5AM Running Madness group works perfectly for my work schedule and allows me to have my evenings with my family while working towards personal goals. It's also a great way to energize your body before the workday. Most importantly was the how welcoming everyone was at my first group run. Everyone was quick to invite me to the next run. The people make all the difference!

    Allison Churchill

    5am Runner since 2017

    I ran a bit in middle/high school but never did it for my own interests, it was always for external pressure from friends and family. I never enjoyed it for what it was and psyched myself out for every race and workout. In college, while dealing with stresses and learning to enjoy being out and about in nature with my dad and my dog, I picked up trail running, became more competitive with races, then found this running group and have been loving (almost) every bit of it ever since. Trails (with lots of hills) especially hold a special place in my heart. My first 5am run was on 4/20/17 at Cal Young Track doing the Yasso 800 workout: Lonn’s remix, three weeks before Eugene Marathon, which was my debut marathon. 800’s have been my favorite interval on the track ever since.

     

    Running is a way to tune into your thoughts, your body, your surroundings, or the company you have around you; a way to stay active but is also a meditation. It’s a way to be social but also appreciate the world in front of you while experiencing it on your own two legs, which can take you wherever and however far you choose; and most of the time even further than you ever imagined. It’s also a way to prove to yourself that when you put your mind to something, only God (and Lonn) knows what you’ll be able to achieve, which is always more than you could ever dream up on your own.

     

    PRs

    Marathon - 2:55:59 (CIM 2018)
    Half Marathon - 1:23:45
    10k - 37:34
    5k - 18:06
    Other favorites: Tillamook Burn 50K with 7500ft elevation gain, Devin Vanscoy’s Oakridge Triple Summit (Dead Mountain x 2, Larison Rock x 1), and Autumn Trails 16 miler x 2.
     
    What I love about the 5am team is that every single person has your back in training, racing, and life in general. These are genuine people you can rely on and so many times after runs of all kinds does it feel like everything is right in the world because of the love and respect that we share for the sport and for each other as a little running family. Maybe it’s the runner’s high haha, but I 100% think it’s so much more than that.

    Brad Chvatal

    5am Runner OG

     

    I was in 7th grade and just knew that I had to win the 2-mile middle school Turkey Trot. With all of the school watching, I got 2nd in a photo finish that was too-close-to-call so we both won the turkey—and I realized I just might be okay at this running thing! In 9th grade, I joined the cross-country team and so began my life-long love affair with running! I was 10th in the Hawaii state cross-country meet sophomore year and 10th in the Arizona state cross-country meet senior year and 3rd in the 3200—just not quite good enough to be recruited by Division 1 colleges. So, I walked onto the University of Arizona cross-country and track teams and lettered in both sports. In 1996, I made my first foray into the marathon in Portland where I qualified for the 100th running of Boston. And, I found passion in the world of running: the marathon.

     

    I’ve always used running for my physical health, my mental health, and my friend time. I took a break from running in 2002 and let the stress of life catch up to me. I was struggling and felt like my world was collapsing around me. And, then I remembered that there were 2 guys who met at 445 to run around Coburg. I woke up one morning, forced myself to lace up my shoes and find them. And—that, my friends—is how the whole idea of 5 am Madness got started! Lonn Robertson and I met a few years later, became fast friends, ran the NYC Marathon together, and the rest is history!

     

    I’m not a stats guy so I don’t even know how many marathons I’ve run—and, maybe that’s because I try to love the journey and the training as much as I love the race itself. I love big marathons and excitement they bring and have run Boston, New York, London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, Marine Corps, Chicago, and Berlin all at least once. And, as long as my body will allow me to keep doing this, I’m sure as hell going to keep trying!

     

    PRs

    Marathon: 2:31:51

    Half marathon: 1:10:10

    5K: 15:39

    Mile: 4:22.2

     

    I’ve continued my journey with Lonn, but it’s also been so amazing to be part of everyone who has come and gone and come again to this group. I am thankful to have found such a great group of supportive, dedicated, funny, humble, passionate, and smart runners who don’t take themselves too seriously to train with!

     

    Sam Cochran

    5am Runner since 2016

    Running started for me at an early age, when I was 5 or 6 years old. When I got to middle school I competed in the 1500 event and then moved on to cross country during high school. After a long break from running, I laced up my shoes again at the end of 2015. The year of 2016 was the begging of my serious running career. Starting with the Cottage Grove half marathon, the Eugene Marathon and finishing the year with my first ever Boston Qualifier at the California International Marathon. It was right after the Cottage Grove Half in 2016 that I began running with the 5 AM Madness crew. Another race I've done that stands out to me is the Peterson Ridge Rumble, 40 miler.

     

    In general, running makes me a better person. It energizes me and provides the belief that anything is possible. Racing and training provide the opportunity to meet new people, see new places and take part in something bigger than me.

     

    PRs

    Marathon: 2:55:02 (CIM, 2017)

    Half marathon: 1:19:21 (Cottage Grove Half, 2017)

    10K: 38:33 (Butte to Butte, 2017)

    5K: 17:56

     

    The 5AM Running Madness experience provides guidance, a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose in life. Aside from personal achievements I really love seeing others hit their goals year after year.

     

    Ashley Conklin

    5am Runner since 2020

    I began to take running seriously in 2012 as a means to lose weight and become more physically active. In 2013, I ran my first half-marathon and kind of took off from there. After moving to Eugene in the fall of 2015, I increased my training in preparation for my first Hood to Coast Relay in 2016. In 2018, I joined the Run the Edge program started by former Olympian Adam Goucher, which challenges participants to exercise (in my case run) as many miles as there are in that year. I mostly run 10K and half-marathon races but have begun taking on the marathon distance recently. The 2019 Eugene Marathon was my first marathon.

     

    I've always been a competitive person who was very active in sports in junior high and high school so running is a good way to keep those competitive juices flowing while staying physically fit and healthy.

     

    PRs:

    Marathon: 3:49:38

    Half-marathon: 1:37:23

    15K: 1:09:13

    10K: 43:49

    5K: 20:36

    Mile: 6:17

     

    I've really enjoyed being a part of the 5 A.M. Running Madness Team because of the camaraderie of the team members. Being a part of a running team helps hold you accountable in a supportive and encouraging way. Plus, I've met a lot of great new people I feel lucky enough to call friends.

    Andrea Imhof

    5am Runner since 2019 - Marathon Olympic Trial Qualifier 2020

    I think a part of me always identified as a runner. I started running when I was 10 and I ran cross country through middle school and high school. Middle distance events (800m, mile) dominated my running through most of high school and college (I ran for Dartmouth). After college, I grew to love the challenge of longer distances because of the collaborative, supportive nature of training and racing long distances. I've been lucky to have found several incredible running communities across the different cities I've called home. I joined 5am Madness in January 2019 after Jenn Lewis recruited me.
     
    For me, running isn't about the competition, it's about freedom -- seeing the world, getting fresh air, and feeling alive. It's my daily meditation -- the best way to clear my head after a stressful day, a replacement for morning coffee, and a cure for (almost all) physical and emotional ailments. I love the communities I've found and connected with and the pure simple grittiness of the sport: setting impossible goals and achieving them alongside others.
     

    PRs

    Marathon: 2:44:03 -OTQ (CIM 2019)

    Half marathon: 1:18:16

    10K: 36:26

    5K: 17:45

     
    5am Madness is unlike any other running community I've ever been a part of -- it's really a magical group composed of selfless individuals who show up for each other, pull each other through workouts, and grow together. Teammates will flex their schedules so you have support during hard workouts and will road-trip just to cheer you on as you pursue big goals. It's an incredibly inclusive group. Pace and experience don't matter -- just show up, work hard, and we all get stronger together.
     
    The Coaches are fiercely dedicated to the group and make all the pieces fit together. Some of the most supportive coaches I've ever worked with -- fierce believers in the potential of every one of us, with just the right amount of push to allow us to believe that our crazy goals might be possible. They're the kind of coaches who will sacrifice their Sunday to support your long run. They ride the perfect balance of tough love and genuine enthusiasm -- for the sport, for our achievements, and for the entire 5am Madness team.

    Jenny Klein

    5am Runner since 2021

    I started running as a kid running through the neighborhood; barefoot-chasing and outrunning the boys. When I was 11 years old I was asked to join a track team called The Flying Pigs, where I competed in USATF/AAU Junior Olympic track meets in the summer months. From ages 11-17 I had an opportunity to travel and compete around the US, in the 800m, 1500m, 4x400, and 2000m Steeplechase. My success in the steeplechase at a young age and my supportive coach, landed me at UW-Oshkosh- a highly respected D3 school in eastern WI. I ran Cross Country and indoor/outdoor Track. I had the opportunity to run in National Championships in Cross Country and qualified for the indoor DMR and outdoor 3K Steeplechase in my collegiate career. 10 years post-collegiate, I am ready to be a competitive runner again! I started training for my first (planned) half-the 2021 Eugene Half Marathon. During the end of this training period, I realized I needed a team to reach my goals.

     

    I love everything about the running process. I love that it's complicated, I love that it's easy, I love how it makes me strong, I love that it's different every day. It's there for me as I process the past and present. Running helps prepare me for other challenges I encounter in life, and overall makes me a better person! Last and not least, running is where I find the best and most long lasting friendships.

     

    PRs:

    Half Marathon: 1:31:42 (2021 Rogue HalfMarathon)

    10K: 42:00 (2021 Butte to Butte)

    5k: 17:55

     

    After my first week of running with Team 5am Running Madness, I felt like I've been a part of the group for much longer, because everyone was so personable. I knew right away, this was the environment that would be perfect for personal growth, sense of community, and lots of adventures! Jenn and Lonn are incredibly receptive coaches who strive to truly know their athletes and support them mind and body.

     

    Jesse Klein

    5am Runner since 2021

    Growing up, running was more to get into shape for soccer, which was my main athletic love. Post collegiately, I realized it was easier to get out and run by myself than to need 20 other people to play a game... shortly after, I realized running was more enjoyable too. My first real training was in 2015 for a trail half marathon in WA (which my wife and I road tripped to and eventually visited Eugene for the first time).

     

    PRs

    Not too important to me, but I do enjoy training for trail races 50k and below and racing some shorter distances along the way.

     

    I've been in love with running ever since. As a physical therapist, I can't help but think about the innumerous health benefits of running. But beyond physiology, there's something so human about the practice of running and I do believe we're 'born to run.' Working with runners to get back to and improve their running is one of my favorite things. I love the way running is personal, and sometimes pushes us, but sometimes pulls us along in life. I also love the way it's communcal, it connects people across the city and across the globe. And that's where Team 5am comes in - I (admittedly) started coming because my wife did. But it didn't take long before I was hooked on the group's welcoming environment and cheerful but competitive spirit. The training and programming itself is great; but the coaches and teammates are even better. I've been waking up too early ever since - and loving it.

     

    Jon Marx

    5am Runner since 2021

    Aside from a week on the middle school cross country team, I didn’t start running until my late 20s when I decided it was time to get off the couch and drop some lbs. What started with a 0.8 loop around my neighborhood (which felt like a marathon) turned into actual marathons a few years later. My journey to serious running began when I ran the 2018 Eugene Half Marathon. After finishing, I knew I wanted to run a full marathon and within the next year my love of running skyrocketed. I ran my first full, Arizona Rock n’ Roll, in early 2020, and finished knowing I wanted to do another. Several half marathons and a few marathons later, here I am!
     
    One of the things I love about running is how every runner can have a different relationship with it and enjoy it in different ways, and that everyone’s journey is different. For me, that meant running to lose weight, then to stay in shape, and ultimately now, running for the purpose of getting better at running. My first 10K in 2011 took an hour and a half…and now I believe I have a shot at qualifying for Boston in the next few years. It’s a journey I totally didn’t expect but am absolutely enjoying.
     

    PR

    Marathon: 3:16:07 (CIM 2021)
    Half Marathon: 1:32:39 (2021 Rogue Half)
    10K: 42:57 (2021 Scandia Run)
    5K: 20:34 (2020 Virtual Run to Stay Warm)
     
    For me, 5am Running Madness fills a hole that I’ve lacked the last couple of years: community and accountability. Being cheered on at the track, or grinding with the pack during some tough tempo miles sure makes things a lot more enjoyable (and go by quicker, too). I felt like part of the team since the first workout I attended, and I don’t think you could say that about every running club. Lonn and Jenn are both so invested in the personal success of each team member, and I felt them take that investment in me since the very beginning. Plus, it’s fun to be the obnoxious friend who brags about waking up at 4am to run.

    Chris Mitchell

    5am Runner since 2016

    I played multiple organized sports growing up, but wasn’t really a “runner” until college. I participated in many road races in the Washington DC area and then Eugene, OR in my 20s, then ended that period of my life with IT band syndrome while training for a first marathon. My PRs at that time were right around the 6 minutes per mile pace (but never under) for 10ks up to Half Marathons. I took more than a decade off of running as a hobby, then signed up for the Butte to Butte on a whim in 2015. I was about thirty pounds heavier than I am now and finished in about 56 minutes. That event (plus new social running apps) sparked my interest in continuing to run consistently and I ran several other local races before attempting my first marathon in Eugene the next spring. The race did not go as planned (I walked some) but I continued running and finally met up with the 5am Madness folks in the winter of 2016/17. I have improved over the last few years to run two marathons at 2:50, as well as the Butte to Butte 10k at 36:45. As I wrote above, these are paces I wasn’t running in my 20s that I am now running in my mid 40s! Recently, I have enjoyed pacing marathons and half marathons for RunHub and hope to continue helping others in the running community. My long term goal is really to just stay healthy and hopefully at a high level of fitness.

     

    PRs

    Marathon: 2:43 (2021 Rogue Marathon)

    Half Marathon: 1:18:38

    10K: 35:51 (Butte to Butte 2021)

    5k: 17:29 (2021 Tracktown Throwdown 5k)

    Mile: 5:09

     

    What I like about the 5am Madness group is the well-researched training plans and camaraderie the group provides has made a big impact on my focus and, of course, my finishing times in races. I also appreciate not having to plan and critique training plans, but rather simply follow the spreadsheet that the coaches collaborate on.

    Rick Putnam

    5am Runner since 2019

    Rick’s passion for running evolved out of the desire to develop and maintain a quality level of physical and psychological fitness. Over the past 35+ years, Rick has completed a plethora of organized road and trail running events ranging from 5 kilometers to the ultra-distances. Some of Rick’s notable marathons were the 100th and 120th Boston, New York, and Chicago Marathons.

     

    I find running very therapeutic and enjoy the adventures and communities the activity of running creates. Jagger and Richards (1969) succinctly sum up my deeply held beliefs relative to running, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”

     

    PRs

    Marathon: 2:57:06

    Half marathon: 1:26:09

    10K: 38:38

    5K: 18:55

     

    What I like best about the 5 AM Running Madness team is a community of people who encourage, support, and celebrate the achievements of others.

    Corey Shaw

    5am Runner since 2021

     

    PRs

    Half Marathon

    10k: (Eugene Run to Stay Warm 2021)
     

    Miriam Udosenata

    5am Runner OG

    I was a never athlete: never played sports, barely took PE, only lifted weights at my university gym and stair mastered because I hated running. Did a reluctant duathlon in 2008 because of my boyfriend (now husband) at age 29, got hooked on distance, and ran the Eugene Marathon in 2009, qualified for Boston at the Portland Marathon six months later, then ran Boston for my third marathon in 2010 at age 31. The running peer pressure has resulted in me running Boston twice, NYC twice after qualifying, racing 15+ marathons (4th place as my best place), three 50Ks, several half-marathons (won one, placed at others), the Butte to Butte is the only 10K I’ve run, and I’ve just now been getting into 5ks. Other memorable running experiences include pretending to be an ultra runner for a year — ran MRTR 50K twice and SOB 50K once and I crewed Kate on her 100-miler, Pine to Palm, and paced her in the 33 miles.
     
    Running saved me at the darkest turning point in my life, it brings me focus, fulfillment, friends, adventure, memories, struggle and success, and a reason, or a distraction, lol.
     
    PRs
    Marathon- 3:08 (Sim-CIM-Madness 2020)
    Half- 1:30:33 (Cottage Grove Half 2016)
    10K (B2B) 42ish
    5K- 19:05 (2021)
    50K- 5:09 (MRTR).

    The 5AM crew have become my people over the years- dark runs that felt like confession, long runs that cemented deep friendships, pushing me to run farther and faster than I ever (never?) dreamed. Life has me in a place where I can’t be at the 4:45AM runs anymore, but watching the camaraderie and other runners’ successes keeps me running-inspired. Lonn is more than just a coach, he’s an example of spreading your joy so it is multiplied beyond belief. Lucky to know this crew.

    Jess Wright

    5am Runner since 2020

    I started running cross country and track in sixth grade solely because my friends were doing it, but it quickly became a passion and ‘runner’ was a new identity for me. I ran consistently in middle and high school and then at the collegiate level at the University of Nebraska. I took a break from running during graduate school, and have started to get back into it over the last couple of years. At the beginning of 2020 is when I began serious distance running training. I also enjoy trail running, most memorable MRTR, Mt. Shasta, Siskiyou Out and Back, and while not a race my friends and I circumnavigated Mt. Hood this past summer.

     

    With running you feel extreme emotions. The lows are undoubtedly difficult in the moment, but my running high points are some of the best experiences of my entire life. The satisfaction and confidence that I get from setting a new PR or nailing a workout I was dreading is incomparable and carries over to other aspects of my life. It is when I feel strongest.

     

    PRs

    50K: 4:46:40 (McKenzie River Trail Run 2018)

    Marathon: 2:59 (2021 Rogue Marathon) NYC and Boston Qualifier

    Half-marathon: 1:23:42 (Row River Time Trial 2020)

    10K: 39:20 (Butte to Butte 2018)

    5K: 18:06 (Stumptown Quarantine 5K Virtual Race 2020)

     

    At a very basic level the 5AM Running Madness team was ideal for my professional life as I begin seeing my patients at 7 a.m. Although I am a new teammate as of 2020, I have already appreciated the accountability, and genuine care, support, and encouragement from others to succeed in both running and life outside of running. Lonn and Jenn are both so tuned into each individual’s training and performance, on the good and bad days, and provide meaningful feedback.

    Kate Willett

    5am Runner since 2016

    I started running in 3rd grade. I ran track and cross country all through high school. I ran for my freshman year at San Diego State University. My first marathon was the LA marathon when I was 20. I never really stopped running after that. I love both road and trail races. My favorite distance is a 50k. I would love to do a few races abroad someday, next goal!
     
    PRs
    Marathon- 3:18:13 (CIM 2021) NYC and Boston Qualifier
    Half- 1:32

    Completed the 100miler Pine to Palm


    I love my 5am group to help hold me accountable and we just have fun!!! My favorite thing about our group is that we have a few “chatty” people. When we run track they are just jibber jabbing and I forget that I just ran 10 hard miles. I also learn a bunch of random facts along the way from all the different people doing different things with their lives! Mostly it’s an incredible group of friends that all help challenge, push, and support each other.

    Bill Wilkins

    5am Runner since 2021

    I began running recreationally in college to get in better shape. I continued that off and on (more off as my overweight body would show) until the age of 40 when a couple of friends asked me to join them on an early morning run, which nearly killed me. It was then I was hooked. We formed a group that would meet at the same parking lot at 5:30 am to run 5 miles. That transitioned into long runs on the weekends, then training for races, marathons and marathon relays together. When I moved from Tulsa to Eugene at the end of 2019, leaving that group was one of the hardest things about my move. Fortunately, soon after my move, I wandered into Eugene Running Company and met Rick Putnam. I started running with Rick and ERC on community runs and trail running adventures. I kept hearing Rick talk about his runs with Team 5am Running Madness and was invited to a couple of their events. In March 2021, I asked Rick where they met and when to be there and I have Running Madness ever since.

     

    PR

    Marathon 3:27:13 (CIM 2021)

    Half Marathon 1:31:50 (2021 Rogue Half) NYC Qualifier

    15K 1:08:56

    10K 42:38 (2021 Butte to Butte)

    5K 21:16

     

    Running is unique in that it is an individual sport that is meant to be done with others. There is not a better way to get to know another person then to share some miles with them. Team 5AM Madness is a great group of people to share those miles with. Everyone works hard, is encouraging and motivating of each other, and welcomes a newbie like they have known them forever. It is the perfect combination of running friends and Professional Coach-led training to get optimal performance. Finding this community has been very important part of making Eugene my new home.

    Kacia Woldrige

    5am Runner since 2021

    I considered myself “just not athletic” until my late twenties, but once I started running I became hooked on discovering my potential. When I first joined the team, I was just learning what phrases like “strides” “PR” and “tempo” meant. I had only trained myself previously using online plans and after running one half-marathon, only ran once a week for fitness. I’d run races but it was always just to get out there and enjoy running, usually with a friend or loved one who signed up and had the goal to "just finish". I started seriously running right before I joined Team 5am in 2021.

     

    What I love about running is being able to set a goal and pursue it to; seeing where my intuition, intelligence, passion and discipline will take me. My effort equals my reward, at the end of the day. I also value the mental strength needed for running since it builds really good skills for daily life. What really gets me out of bed at 4 to run is the feeling I gave all day afterwards.
     

    PRs

    Half Marathon 1:31:35 (2021 Rogue Half Marathon) NYC Qualifier

    10k: 39:35 (Eugene Run to Stay Warm 2021)

     

    I'd been needing a running community for years so I could soak up as much knowledge, miles, encouragement and support I can get. The fact that I can do this now (and mostly before my young children wake up) is such a blessing! I am amazed every week at the encouragement and support of the team and what it has helped me accomplish. I know without a doubt that this style of training is far better in more ways than I realized than the solo “just google it” training I was attempting before!

    Terri Hurley

    5am Runner OG

    I grew up in a family of runners therefore started at the young age of 10. I ran competitively in middle school and high school but burned out and injured by the time I got to college. I met the 5 am madness group when I got back into running after having my second child and fell in lov with the group right away. I also fell in love with running again. I realized how much fun running
    can be when you have such an amazing group of friends to run with. Marathons and Ultramarathons became the center of the groups focus early on so I joined the ride and will forever be grateful for the experiences I’ve had. It’s challenged me in so many ways and has prepared me for other life challenges by being strong, present and centered. I’ve been off and
    on running through the years since I joined the group over a decade ago, but it has always there
    for me when I return.

     

    PRs

    10k: 39.20 (Scandia run)
    Half Marathon 1:30 (Coburg ½)
    Marathon 3:19 (Windemere Spokane Marathon)
    50 K 4:50 (McKenzie River Trail Run)

     

    5 am madness became the center of my physical, social, mental and spiritual health. The people
    and structure have changed over the years but the friendships I will have forever.

    Erin Beltran

    5am Runner since 2021


    I joined the track team my sophomore year of high school, and XC the following fall. I was fairly inconsistent with running and did not understand things like pacing. Fast forward 19 years when a friend invited me to tag along with a group of other moms training for a 10k. We decided to sign up for the 2020 Cottage Grove Half Marathon and joined the ERC training group to help us. Shortly after joining ERC things shut down due to the pandemic. At this time no one was running together and I began running consistently on my own. That fall I joined an informal group at ERC for longer Saturday runs. These runs became key to improving my running base and the group made it easier to stay consistent. In March of 2021, I ran the Cottage Grove Half Marathon with a friend from the group. That race became a turning point where I knew that I wanted to push myself further. It’s been such an organic, gradual ride, and I've enjoyed running with the people I’ve met while progressing in the sport.There’s a beauty in the simplicity of running and how adaptable it is for each person. It’s also a great way to spend time with people, sightsee, and get some vitamin D.

    PRs
    10K - 41:42 - Butte to Butte 2021
    Half Marathon: 1:29:25 - Run to stay warm 2021
    Marathon: 3:21 - PNW Marathon 2021

    The 5 AM Running Madness team are some of the best people to run with. They each bring something different to the group. Their passion for running, and genuine support of each other, make the ungodly early workouts worth it. Jenn and Lonn are remarkably attentive to each of their athletes and make meaningful connections within the greater running community in the area.

    Lizzy Bates

    5am Runner since 2021


     

    PRs

    Marathon:

    Half Marathon

    10k:

    Kaarin Knudson

    5am Runner since 2021


     

    PRs

    Marathon:

    Half Marathon

    10k:

    Lyndy Davis

    5am Runner since 2021


     

    PRs

    Marathon:

    Half Marathon

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    Morgan Christenson

    5am Runner since 2021


     

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    Half Marathon

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