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Robert ran when forced during his time in the US Marine Corps, but didn’t enjoy it. But at age 35, when doctors recommended weight loss to correct several health related issues, he decided to get moving. As the pounds fell off, he found a passion for running. After an initial loss of 100 pounds, Robert began completing longer and longer distances. He settled on the half marathon as his favorite, completing 20 since he took his first running steps, 11 of those in one year. In 2016, he was selected as the State Delegate to represent Maryland at the Pittsburgh Bi-Centennial Celebration during the Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon. More recently, he has fallen in love with running on trails, and in 2018 finished his first ultra at the 50k distance. As a way to give back to the running community, he completed the RRCA Level I Coaching Certification and coached the inaugural FSRC Coed 5k Training Program. He also continues to pursue the pure enjoyment of “social running.”
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Josh Roane dabbled in sports throughout school. He tried wrestling, football, and baseball, but nothing really caught on. Finally, at age 34, when he and his wife-to-be signed up for the Turkey Trot 5k in Purcellville, Virginia, he started his running legacy. After a few other 5k races, he met his first Steeplechaser at an 8k race in DC. Being introduced to the Steeplechasers led him to bigger and more challenging paths such as obstacle course racing and endurance trail running. Josh has completed Spartan races, zombie runs, several half marathons, and many variations in between. In 2018 Josh completed the RRCA Level I Coaching Certification with the hopes of teaching others about his passion for running. When not on the streets or trails, Josh enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife, Syble, and two kids, Andrew and Avery.
Crystal Tressler has a passion for road running and loves to find new and interesting routes. She began running casually at age 27 as a way to prepare for the 30-mile Avon walk. For several years, she continued running off and on between children being born, working full-time, and life happening. In 2013, Crystal joined the Steeplechasers as a participant in the Women’s Distance Festival 5k training program. The friendships that developed following the training were the catalyst for longer distances and more time shared with good friends. With the continued support and training from the Steeplechasers, she ran her first half marathon the next year and the Marine Corps Marathon in 2018. Crystal joined the coaching team in 2017 and is an RRCA Certified Level I Running Coach. When not running on the road, she is running after her 3 young children or volunteering.
Although Heidi Novak enjoyed keeping active with exercise classes at the gym, she didn’t start running until the age of 40. When the school she was working at put on a 5k, she joined some moms doing a Couch to 5k program to prepare. She got first place female (it was a small race) and learned about the Steeplechasers from Mark Lawrence who was working the finish line. She joined the Steeplechasers and participated in the Half Marathon Training Program the following spring. She completed several half marathons and, in 2016 completed her first marathon. The support and knowledge she gained from the training programs coaches inspired her to become a running coach. In 2017 she became an RRCA Level I Certified Coach, hoping to inspire others to love running as much as she does, and to help them set and achieve their goals. As the FSRC Social Committee Chair, Heidi plans monthly happy hours and other gatherings, as well as the Annual Banquet and Summer Picnic. When she isn’t running or hanging out with her running friends, Heidi teaches at a Montessori school and is a teacher trainer at a Montessori Training Center.