Meet the members of the Frederick Steeplechasers Racing Team. Our Racing Team is comprised of an Elite and a Developmental Team. We all enjoy competing in a variety of distances from 200m to 100 miles. We have members that are relatively new to the club and a handful that are seasoned veterans who truly round out our team with their experience. We look forward to our 2017 season and hope this is the stepping stone for many more years of fast times.
Hi, My name is Chad Connors. I am an elementary PE teacher and strive to be a great role model of fitness for my students. I got into running in my mid twenties with some help from my wife Cheryl, who had tried several times before to get me interested in running. I also received encouragement from long time Steeplechasers Tim O’Keefe and Mark Lawrence. Once I competed in my first 5k I was hooked and began moving up and trying all types of race distances. I have run races from the 200 M to the JFK 50 miler. Some of my most memorable running accomplishments are helping to start the CMRC Cross Country Program alongside my wife and kids, qualifying and running the Boston Marathon, completing the JFK 50, and running a sub 5:00 minute mile at Market Street.
Hi I’m Art Gregory and I am; correction I was a jogger! I have been cured since August 2011 and have not regressed. With support of my Steeplechasers friends I will not return to that affliction! The life giving but humbling event that led to my becoming a runner is known by a few of my Steeps friends (they will not tell) it’s not for publication. You have to ask me on one of those longer training runs when my guard is down. From that first humbling 5k to my more recent runs I have taken almost 6 min off my 5k time and now realized that I am in better overall condition than 20 years ago. Maybe not quite as fast but better overall. Peer pressure brought me to this point. Thanks to Ruth, Robin, Paul, Kerry, Jo, Jan, Pam, Steve, Jan, Billy, Malcom, and all the other Steeplechasers who have made running a fun and keep me going with their humor and perseverance long after my 200 yards is done. The 200 was my favorite race until these great Steeps pulled me along with them from 5k to 10k to half marathon. Now I think it’s the 5K. Next year ???
I don’t think I have just one favorite race but there are a few I think were great, The Ukrop 10 k in Richmond with 34,000 runners, fans and bands the whole way, The Shamrock ½ marathon for the after party, The bay bridge 10k race for The Bridge Views, and the Bel Air 5k for a great PR. I became a runner late in life so there’s a lot to learn and some catching up to do.
Jenny started running in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer, but she enjoyed running so much that she quit soccer altogether! She completed her first marathon at age 17, and has since run 4 more (and subsequently sworn off the distance each time). Always one to run for the sheer bliss of running (and to burn off the calories from eating Hawaiian pizza and chocolate), Jenny had previously never run competitively, and she enjoys having the opportunity to do so on the Steeps racing team. Her favorite distance is the half marathon and although she typically prefers small, low-key races to big ones, her best-loved race is the Frederick Half Marathon. Jenny is an active volunteer on the Steeps technology committee, and her big goal for 2017 is to run a sub-1:30 half marathon.
After running for a few years in my 20’s, I took some time off to focus on career and kids. I got back to it in 1996 at age 40, and started seriously going after the marathon distance in 2005. 10 years later, I have completed 24 marathons in 17 states and hope to continue collecting states in the coming years. The Steeplechasers have pushed me to race different distances, including the hateful-but-fun track series of our Summer Decathlon. In my spare time, I volunteer for the Steeplechasers in various roles, including race director of the Frederick Women’s Distance Festival.
Shannon Matthews started running in 2009 as a way to get in shape between having her 2nd and 3rd child. She quickly fell in love with the sport and has since run 10 marathons and countless shorter races. She looks forward to joining the Frederick Steeplechasers Racing Team and setting new PR’s in distances ranging from 5k to the marathon.
Pamela Monaghan-Geerneart has completed 19 marathons and 20 ultras (50k, 50 mile, 100k). She has run the Boston marathon 4 times. Pamela is the past president of the Frederick Steeplechaser’s Running Club and a regular pacer for the Baltimore Pacers.
I started running in 6th grade when I was the manager for my middle school’s’ cross country team and have been hooked ever since with continuing to compete throughout high school, college, and now locally in Frederick. In the past I focused on mainly shorter distances (1mile – 5k) but am now trying to expand into 10ks, half marathons, and…someday…marathons! I love running both competitively and socially and hope to make it something I can enjoy lifelong.
I started running in my mid 30’s when I became bored with my morning walks. I tried running to the next corner and thought I would be sick! The next morning I ran for a full minute! Three weeks later I was running 3 miles. Now, with the support and friendship of the Steeplechasers, I’ve qualified for Boston, and run any race distance from the 1mile to 50 miles. I think 50 is my limit…but never say never!
My name is Ruth Taylor. I’m a reformed soccer player. Been running all my life as part of sports but have only been racing for the past 8 years. I’m a racing generalist… I love all distances from 1 mile races to marathons. The past 3 years I’ve completed over 35 races each year. Recent racing pursuits have been completing most of the MD RRCA race series over the past few years and pursuing marathons in all 50 states. By the end of the year I’ll be up to 9 marathons including Boston (2014) and New York (2015- hopefully!).
I started running as I neared my 40th birthday as a way to get in shape. Once I experienced the fun and competitiveness of racing, it turned into a passion. My favorite running moment was qualifying for Boston at the Steamtown Marathon in October 2015. I love to take part in team relays such as Odyssey and Ragnar. My short term goals are a sub-1:25 Half, a 3:15 Full, and a sub-38 10K.