Member Spotlight: Isabelle Doucet ()

Isabelle Doucet

Happy Monday! I would love to share your stories, accomplishments or anything else you would like to share, please send them to barb.meely@steeplechasers.org.

I have really enjoyed doing these Member Spotlight Mondays. For me, it’s been fun learning about our fabulous members, sharing our experiences and reaching for new goals. This week is a special one since it has been a journey for me as well, to see a runner develop from successfully running her first trail run, and then a 10K and a 10-Miler, and finally to reach her newest goal – to run a trail half marathon. This week’s spotlight is on one of our wonderful members, Isabelle Doucet.

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Steeplechasers Chris Bailey & Elaine Greisbach Complete Epic CAT-100 Challenge ()

By Oksana Lightfield

The year 2020 has definitely proven to be the epic year of legendary challenges. With official races falling like dominoes, cancelled or becoming virtual, our Steeps ultra tribe did not stop running for one minute. In fact, people have been running farther and faster. 

Take Chris Bailey and Elaine Griesbach. On October 10, the two Steeps successfully ran the Catoctin 100-mile Challenge. Chris and Elaine, who participated in a friendly ultra running challenge before, were each looking for an opportunity to run a 100-miler this year. Since the hit of COVID-19 in early March resulted in cancellation of most organized races, the two ultra running buddies, seeking inspiration and motivation despite the unfolding chaos, decided to attempt another friendly challenge — to run their own 100-miler on a grueling but beautiful variation of the former Catoctin 100 Mile Race, originally organized by Jim Treece and his incredible team of volunteers: Vince Vaughn, Mike Holland, Dave Garmin, Jodi Treece, Lance Cummins, Carole and Addie Smith, and Bill Susa. The inaugural race was run in 2009 but after 2011 the race was unfortunately shut down due to permit issues on the Appalachian Trail. 

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Member Spotlight: Lynn Whiten & Evette Whisner ()

Lynn and Evette

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I would love to share your stories, accomplishments or anything else you would like to share, please send them to barb.meely@steeplechasers.org.

This week’s amazing member spotlight is on two lifetime friends, their running and training journey to their first marathon – Lynn Whiten and Evette Whisner.


“We have been friends for over 40 years and grew up on the same street (Center Street) in Frederick, MD. We attended the same schools through high school. Now, at the age of 50, we have decided to run a marathon. So here is the story of how we got here.

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Member Spotlight: Michele Newton ()

Michele Newton

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoying some of these cooler temps! I would love to share your stories, accomplishments or anything else you would like to share, please send them to barb.meely@steeplechasers.org.

This week’s amazing member spotlight is on another one of our fabulous coaches, Michele Newton.


“I joined the Honolulu Marathon Clinic in 2009. While my dream of completing the Honolulu Marathon was thwarted by food poisoning the night before the race, however joining a running club and completing my first races while living in Hawaii proved to be life changing. I eventually moved back to the mainland, and joined the Steeplechasers in 2014.

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