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THE ATHLETES

One Team. One Family.

The team at Railroad Athletics includes a highly motivated athletes all over the U.S. with a wide range of goals. From new athletes focused on staying healthy to experienced professionals with eyes on the Olympic Trials. Each goal matters and every athlete deserves an individualized plan to help them get there. Get to know our athletes and their goals below!

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ALLEN SUMRALL

Constitutional scholar by day, stud athlete by night, Allen was the first Railroad athlete to qualify for the U.S. Indoor Championships & Outdoor Championships, both in 2023. Next, he's chasing the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials. Based out of Albuquerque, NM, follow him @allensumrall

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ALYSSA BLOOMQUIST

3x Olympic Trials Qualifier, Momma of 2, there is nothing this woman can't do! Alyssa joined Railroad to drop 5 minutes off her marathon and qualify for the '24 Marathon Olympic Trials. Mission Success! What will she do next?. Based out of Simpsonville, SC follow her @alyssabloomq

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ANNA WEST (BENEDETTINI)

Olympic Trials Qualifier in 2:35 & the fastest woman in Railroad history, Anna holds our team records in every event she's raced. Her secret? Cold brew coffee and sour gummy worms. (We're not kidding). She's on a mission to be one the of fastest women in America. Based out of Hawaii, follow her @annabene713

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ALEC SCHEERER

A steely veteran on the elite running scene, Alec joins Railroad with a consistent record of superb endurance racing. With some speed work and a little bit of fine tuning, we think he’s poised to set PBs that will turn heads. Based out of Huntersville, NC follow him at alecscheerer_eliterunning.

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BRADEN VIDEON

An avid cyclist and gym rat, Braden successfully completed his first Marathon under Railroad's training.  After sustaining an injury while following an online plan, Railroad's individualized approach kept him healthy and fast. Next up, can he qualify for Boston?  Based out of Charlotte, NC, follow him @bvideon

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BRANDON EDWARDS-MUNTER

Better known as the Track Fox, Brandon's Bronx roots bring a contagious passion for the community aspect of the sport. Now based out of Austin, TX you can follow him @track_fox

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CASSIDY HEATON

Keep your eyes on this one! Since joining Railroad, Cass has won the North Carolina 5k title, several regional races, crushed all of her PR's and run 2:39 in the Chicago Marathon. The only one we know able to keep up with her energy is her dog Chance! Based out of Durham, NC, follow her @smiles_over_miles

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CHRISTIAN DANG

A proud back-of-the-pack runner, Christian runs more marathons than anyone you know, and all the other races too. Always sporting a smile no matter how many miles he's run. He's based out of Austin, TX, follow him @danged_up

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CHRISTIAN SCHAAF

Christian is the Railroad prototype: DIII graduate, no scholarship, no national championship, no excuses. He ran faster each year of college and sees no reason to stop now. He set several PR's in his first year with Railroad, now he's on a mission for a sub-14 5k! Based out of Philadelphia, PA, follow him @cschaaf1999

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DEVIN VALLEJO

A U of Houston XC/TF graduate, Devin joins Railroad with a quest of breaking 4 minutes in the mile. His Railroad debut saw him anchoring Railroad's first ever men's victory @ Zilker Relays, now he's preparing for track season. Based in Houston, follow him @devinvallejo

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EMMA ALLISON

Cross a Georgia peach with a hiking hippie and you've got the dedicated and passionate Emma Allison.  Since joining RR, she's dropped her best 5k from 20+ minutes to 18:47 and, despite balancing training with Duke Law, she's still getting better all the time.  Based out of Durham, NC follow her @live_think_run

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GRACE MARMARAS

After tearing her meniscus in August 2019, Grace saw Railroad as an opportunity to come back better than ever. Since joining, she's improved her all of her PR's, and crushed the Paris Marathon! What will she do next? Based out of D.C., follow her @grace_v_m44

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IN-YOUNG JO

Whether he's trying to run 29,069 feet of elevation gain in a month or do 100 push-ups every day for 100 days, In-Young is always up for a challenge. He's already set a half marathon personal best and his next one goal is qualifying for the Tokyo Marathon. Based out of Austin, TX follow him @inyoungjo

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JOHN SHIRK

The definition of versatile, John has the range to compete at a high level from 400m to 10k all while balancing life on the road as the North Texas rep for OOFOS. On a lighter note, his life goal is to be the first Railroad Athlete to race in a speed suit.  Follow this Dallas, TX native on IG @shirkasaurus

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JORDAN WEST

Professional Dad, Amateur Marathoner, Jordan has repped Team Choo Choo in top races all across the US, including for 16th at the USA 25k Championships. He may be best known for pacing his sister Anna (above) to qualify for her first U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Based out of Waco, TX, follow him @jorbin_west

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KEILI DORN

The NAIA 5k Champion, Keili brings a winning mentality to the already competitive Austin team. She's already an expert on the track, but will test her skill on the roads this season. Based near Austin, TX, follow her @runwithkeiii

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LAUREN OHLER

A Houston, TX native, this woman is no stranger to the Texas heat. She's crushed all of her PR's since joining Railroad and even won a collegiate XC race! Next big test: the Marathon. Based out of Austin, TX follow her @lodawgohler

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MELANIE HUSSEY

Always smiling, always eager to race, When Melanie joined Railroad to get the individualized coaching she couldn't find elsewhere, little did she know Coach Mark would run with her every step of Grandma's Marathon! Based out of Durham, NC, follow her on IG at @melaniehussey

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MICHAELA REINHART

50% smiles, 50% speed, this Kentucky gal joins Railroad after a standout career at Duke. She placed 11th at Cross Champs and 16th at U.S. XC Nationals in her visiting year with us, we can't wait to see what she can do now that she's joined us full time. Based out of Louisville, KY, follow her @michaelacreinhart

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RYAN DAY

With a 13:52 5k to his name, this Baylor Alum looks poised to break the club's 5k record, if SpaceX will ever let him off work, that is. Catch him racing the central Texas roads in preparation for track season. Based out of Waco, TX, follow him @day1ryan

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SCOTT BEARDSLEY

A trail junkie, bearded hunkie, The Beard is an artist in the office and a grinder on the trails. Since joining RR, he's successfully achieved his goal of sub-20 in the 5k and beyond, running 18:09, and his times are still dropping. A prolific racer, look for him on the podium of any GA trail race. Based out of Alpharetta, GA, follow him @scottie_beards

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STEVEN GROUSNICK

Few folks love track quite like Steven. A stalwart of the Austin, TX running scene, Steven joins Railroad to bump up in distance from his 800/1500m past. Don't be surprised to see him at the front of some shorter road races soon as well! Follow him @steve.g.guy

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TAYLOR HADLEY

High School tennis star turned collegiate distance runner, Taylor Hadley brings a fresh perspective and untapped potential to Railroad. Based out of Youngstown, Ohio follow her on IG at _tayylorrrrr

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LAURA HAM

Laura's love for running is electric. A true long-distance runner, Laura is eyeing goals in the half and full marathon. Her patience, drive, and consistency epitomize the Railroad mindset. She's set some monster PR's and we can't wait to keep them coming.  Based out of Dallas, TX, follow her @laura__ham

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CAROLINE HORTON (LEGACY ATHLETE)

Caro was Railroad's first athlete. She trusted Coach Hayden with her training at Furman and was a huge part of Railroad's early days. Now, she is taking a break from competing while living in Israel with her husband Jack. Yea, Israel. Follow her @carohorton1212

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LAURA BEHR

Laura has been a successful runner in high school and in college. When she decided to transfer to Arizona State, she kept training on her own and getting faster. She currently trains in Houston, Texas and joined Railroad Athletics in the fall of 2023. Laura is so excited to be a part of the team and is looking forward to running the 5k, 10, and half marathon. IG @laura.behr13

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