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Skip Brand, Founder
skip@healdsburgrunningcompany.com

Favorite Trail: Lake Sonoma 50 Trail
Favorite Race: Comrades Marathon South Africa
Favorite Wine Region: Rockpile, Healdsburg CA
Favorite Animal: Silver Labrador named “Shad”
Favorite Breakfast: Trout and Eggs at Lucile's

 

Ralph Purugganan, Director of Races and Events
ralph@healdsburgrunningcompany.com
From the Island of Guam to Santa Rosa

Favorite Trails: Annadel, Lake Sonoma
Favorite Wine Region: Dry Creek Valley, Kenwood
Favorite Beer: IPAs from Lagunitas, Russian River, Bear Republic
Favorite Snack: Beef Jerkey

 

Kim Neal, Camp Director/Trainer
kim@healdsburgrunningcompany.com

Favorite Trail: Tahoe Rim Trail
Favorite Race: La Jolla Half Marathon
Favorite Wine Region: Dry Creek Valley (of course)
Favorite Animal: Sea Otter

 

Tiffany Bellize, HRC Youth Running Programs
tiffany@healdsburgrunningcompany.com

Favorite Trail: Skyline to the Sea Train in Big Basin, Santa Cruz CA
Favorite Race: Annadel Half Marathon
Favorite Wine Region: Sonoma County of course, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys have some of the best wines around.
Favorite Animal: A Nudibranch, also know as a Spanish Dancer or a type of soft bodied mollusk. They are beautiful and graceful.
Favorite Breakfast: A huge plate of Chilaquiles

 

Lisa Henson, HRC Advisor
lisahenson@yahoo.com

Favorite Trail: Flume Trail at Lake Tahoe
Favorite Race: Badwater 135
Favorite Wine Region: Dry Creek Valley for the Zins and Waipara Valley in New Zealand for the beautiful Pinots
Favorite Animal: My pretty little GSP mix, Zephyr
Favorite Breakfast: Avocado toast made with MH Bread & Better's seed bread

 

Susie Dalton, HRC Retail Apparel Advisor
susie@healdsburgrunningcompany.com

Favorite Trail: Land's End Coastal Trail, SF
Favorite Race: Hark the Herald Angels (Angel Island)
Favorite Wine Region: Sonoma County
Favorite Animal: My puppy, Kepler!
Favorite Breakfast: Greek yogurt, berries, and coffee

 

Diego Garcia,
Professional athlete with amateur status and run director

Favorite Trail: Fitch Mountain sky trail
Favorite Race: San Francisco marathon (sponsored by wipro)
Favorite Shoes: Mizuno wave riders
Favorite Animal: (dog) Chihuahua/Fox Terrier mix
Favorite Instrument: Trombone, Stand-up Bass
Favorite Book: The Maze Runner

 

Tonya Olson, HRC Medical Advisor, Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Board Certified in Orthopedics, Manual Therapy Certified.

Favorite Trail: They're all my favorite, especially the ones I have yet to run.
Favorite Race: Hellgate 100k — it's a truly special race, starts at midnight in VA, in December.
Favorite Wine Region: Willamette valley...I'm still new to CA wine country
Favorite Animal: Horses (shhh, don't tell my dog)
Favorite Breakfast: Mimosas

 

Ana Drake-Tripp, Sales Director & Merchandising Expert

Favorite Trail: Howarth Park
Favorite Shoe: Hoka Rocket LD Spike
Favorite Animal: Cat
Favorite Breakfast: Belgian Waffle

 

Brad Jacobs, Online Strategist

Favorite Trail: San Elijo Lagoon, Solana Beach, CA
Favorite Race: 5k
Favorite Wine Region: Healdsburg, duh!
Favorite Animal: Big dogs
Favorite Breakfast: 3 eggs, spinach, and lentils

 

David Ice, Graphics Dept.
david@healdsburgrunningcompany.com

Favorite Wine Region: Sonoma County
Favorite Shoes: New Balance 623
Favorite Race: Cowbell Enduro, Upper Lake, CA
Favorite Breakfast: Yes

 

Jack Sommer, Customer Service

Favorite Trail: Western States Forest Hills to Rucky Chucky
Favorite Race: Scope for Hope 5K PR
Favorite Breakfast: Anything Free

 

Eduardo Garcia, Customer Service

Favorite Trail: Taylor Mountain Behind School
Favorite Race: Standford Invitational
Favorite Breakfast: Single Tree Pork Chop

 

Mary Ritchie, Customer Service

Favorite Trail: Fitch Mountain
Favorite Race: Mary Richie Go Fund Me to Paraguay
Favorite Breakfast: Costeaux Toasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

 

David Simonyi, Customer Service

Favorite Trail: Shiloh Ranch Regional Park
Favorite Race: XC Nationals as Cardinal Newman Athlete
Favorite Breakfast: Green Eggs and Ham

 

Olivia Christie, Customer Service

Favorite Trail: In-town Loop 5K in Uggs
Favorite Race: Turkey Trot for LIVE LIKE Drew
Favorite Breakfast: Coffee from the Goat

 

Brenna Sheldon, Customer Service

Favorite Trail: Lake Sonoma
Favorite Race: MUC Marin Ultra Challenge
Favorite Breakfast: Bannana Pancakes with Coconut

 

Brent Smith, Customer Service/Fitting/Sales

Favorite Trail: Fitch Mountain Loop
Favorite Race: Boston Marathon
Favorite Breakfast: Corned Beef Hash

 

Holly Brand, Director of Operations

Favorite Trail: In-town Wine Tasting Loop
Favorite Race: The Healdsburg Love Run
Favorite Breakfast: Cranberry granola with fresh berries and almond milk

 

Joaquim Vilella, Head of Strategy and Analytics

Favorite Trail: Venice Beach Run to Santa Monica
Favorite Race: Running with the Bulls in Spain
Favorite Breakfast: Spanish Omelette

 

Antonia Pacheco, Customer Service

Favorite Trail: Healdsburg Open Space
Favorite Race: Healdsburg Half Marathon
Favorite Breakfast: Everything Bagle with Eggs and Chorizo

 

Alumni

Geri Biehl, Camp Manager
Favorite Trail: Fitch Mountain
Favorite Race: Great Urban Race, San Francisco
Favorite Wine: Bubbles
Favorite Breakfast: My homemade granola and tea

 

Kyle O’Brien, Healdsburg High School Track/Cross Country
Favorite Trail: Fox Pond/Parkland Farms at Sunset
Favorite Race: Saucony Viking Opener, Spring Lake
Favorite Shoe: Hoka Clifton
Favorite Animal: Greyhounds!

 

Faisal Javed
Favorite Trail: Land’s End Trail in SF
Favorite Wine Region: Healdsburg is my new favorite home
Favorite Animal: Wolf
Favorite Breakfast: French toast

 

Matt Wilson, HRC Advisor & Resident Wine-maker
Favorite Trail: Goodspeed to the Hood Mtn Summit
Favorite Wine Region: Dry Creek Valley
Favorite Animal: Platypus. Half Duck, Half Beaver, Poisonous.
Favorite Breakfast: Ham and Cheese omelette, crispy hashbrowns and a couple slices of bacon. I mean oatmeal, with fruit and soymilk...

 

Virginia Olney, Photographer & Shop Staff
Favorite Trail: Fitch Mountain/Lake Sonoma
Favorite Shoe: Pearl Izumi Road M3
Favorite Instrument: Piano/Accordion
Favorite Animal: Really big dogs, like a great dane!
Favorite Breakfast: Banana bread and a smoothie

 

James McCanne
Favorite Trail: Henry Cowell Redwoods, Santa Cruz CA
Favorite Race: Presidio 10, San Francisco CA
Favorite Wine Region: Russian River, Healdsburg CA
Favorite Animal: White Jack Russell named “Buster”
Favorite Breakfast: Whole wheat bagel with almond butter, banana, and a tablespoon of my 5 seed blend (sesame, flax, chia, pumpkin, and sunflower). OJ and coffee too!

 

Julia Bozeman, Teen Running Director
Favorite Trail: Howarth Park
Favorite Shoe: Saucony Cascade
Favorite Animal: Hippos
Favorite Breakfast: Waffles, eggs, and chocolate milk

 

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