Voices Of M3S Sports

Voices Of M3S Sports

M3S Ambassadors

Be sure to follow our ambassadors on social media to learn about upcoming events, participate in fun giveaways, and follow their training journey to the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon!

Shelby Bradford

I was never a runner. I woke up one day in 2017 and said to myself that I wanted to run a half and a full marathon before I turned 30. Running was simply a bucket list item for me at that time. Little did I know that running would totally change my life. My first race ever was the Cap City Half Marathon in 2018, followed by the Columbus Marathon in 2019. I so often thought to myself, how can you both love and hate something so much? I was completely and totally hooked. Now? I've run the LA Marathon, I've run 6 half marathons, I've run races in 3 different states (shooting to get a race in all 50!), and I am completely hooked. I'm learning to run fast, and to run through pain and difficult days. Running is my hobby and my passion. I also love sharing running with others - our stories, tips, tricks, and experiences with gross tasting gels. I also credit my love to the groups I've been part of during marathon training - LA Road Runners and Fleet Feet MIT. I've run with some of the best humans in the world and I'm so grateful to be part of this inclusive, kind, inspirational community. Outside of running, I love spending time with my 3 yr old Golden Retriever, Sue (maybe M3S Sports' new mascot?!), cooking, and traveling. Here's to an amazing year of celebrating this sport in our city!

Mark Carter

My name is Mark Carter, and I’ve been running for just over 8 years.  Cap City Half 2015 was the first race I ran after deciding to give this running thing a shot.   After that, I was hooked.  Running initially started as a way to get physically healthy, but I found it gave me a way to de-stress and clear my head as well after a long day of work.

Everyone I work with knows my love of running, and I’ve even motivated a few to take it up after hearing my stories.  I’m hoping to share my love with even more people, so they can experience the best tour on two feet.

Dave Cherry

I started running at 37 years old in 2008, and in the last 15 years, I have completed over 60 races including 9 full marathons, a half Iron Man, 15 half-marathons, 5 200-mile relays, 4 Pan Ohio Hope cycling rides (328mi), and 2 Pelotonia rides. I’m working towards my goal of completing 26 full marathons, including all 6 of the Abbot World Majors. My go-to running accessories are NUN electrolytes (also a NUUN Ambassador), Asics, Shokz headphones, Oakley glasses, and Ultimate Direction hydration belt. I’m always easy to spot running the trails in New Albany in my signature headbands!

Teresa Gellenbeck

Teresa first started running as a soccer player, and post-college, the half marathon became her favorite distance.  Although she is learning to enjoy the occasional solo run with an audio book, she much prefers running with friends and often joins group runs with her Shred415 Sawmill or Columbus Running Co run buddies. In addition to running, she enjoys hiking, walking, and exploring the Dublin/Columbus running trails, capturing it all for @LivingFitColumbus. Teresa is a teacher, photographer, wife, and busy soccer/hockey mom... but continues to make her fitness & mental health a priority mile after mile. 

Chris Glover

My name is Chris! Your friendly neighborhood superhero runner! I'm a former high school athlete who took some time off and decided at the end of college to half marathon. The first race I ever did outside of track just so happened to be 2012 Cap City Half and it's been a wrap since (10-year Cap vet!). I enjoy training hard during my training blocks, but when it's race day, motivation and fun will always come to the forefront. My rule of thumb is we are all in it to cross the finish line together, so let's make the best of our hard work and enjoy every moment!!

Morgan Grant

Hi I’m Morgan! I started running 6 years ago for physical health but over time running has become a huge part of my mental health journey. I am a 2 time Dopey Challenger | a Disney World to Disneyland Coast to Coast Challenger | 3 time marathoner and currently training for the Chicago Marathon and Goofy Challenge. After 6 years of running, and on my 11th half marathon, I hit my PR (taking 21 min off my previous PR) at this year's Cap City Half! Needless to say, Cap City will now always have a special place in my heart. And that's what I love about running, it allows me to constantly challenge myself and prove over and over again that I can do hard things. I'm thrilled to be part of the M3S Sports team and can’t wait to expand my race portfolio while sharing the experience with all of you!

Alissa Henry

Alissa is a Columbus native and host of the Cash Explosion lottery show. She started her long-distance running journey about 8 years ago, with the 2012 Capital City Quarter Marathon as her first official long-distance race. She had such an amazing experience and was hooked! Since then, Alissa has run 5Ks, 4-milers, half marathons, and her first full marathon. If it involves a medal and supports a good cause, she’s in! Alissa’s favorite training runs happen before 6AM and involve running with a group of friends from Moms Run This Town or Black Girls Run. She is a running-with-headphones enthusiast, always listening to an upbeat playlist, posts every run on Instagram stories, and loves cute workout gear. Alissa’s goal in 2020 is to encourage people who want to run that they can do it - find what you love about running, focus on that, and be your own #goals.

Kathy Kapes

Kathy started running in 2012 and crossed over into the triathlon scene in 2017. Over the years has completed 22 half marathons, seven full marathons, and four 70.3 events. In 2019, she became an Ironman in Maryland and says it was an experience like no other. She works with a coach year-round and looks forward to crossing the finish line at her next Ironman. Kathy describes herself as a ‘back of the pack’ athlete and she gets her money’s worth out on the course. She loves helping others achieve their goals and has done that by being a pacer at events. She races with positivity and gratitude, sets big goals, and works towards achieving them. Of course, we can’t forget that she is an avid Buckeye fan. Go Bucks!

Rachael Kroeger

If I could sum up my personality into three words, it would be running, skincare and tequila! All things that I find enjoyable and provide balance in my life. I picked up distance running in college as a stress reliever from organic chemistry classes; I never would have expected this hobby to turn into gaining a whole new supportive community, 3 full marathons and 12 half marathons. I have learned so much about myself over the years through these races and I am excited for what is to come! Cheers to faster race times and post-finish line tequila!

Patrick McKennedy

I am very happy to be a Sports Ambassador for M3S this year.  I have been trying to get out to different run communities in the past years, seeing the way Columbus runners help and support each other is really amazing to witness.
I am a 2x stroke survivor, I run to explore the city through training runs and with the different races throughout town. Of course I also run for the health benefits too, including building a stronger heart.  And the friendships I have built through running is something I am very thankful for. I think it is as a runner, we all have that one over all goal, “where is the next finish line.”
I count myself very lucky, and I would like to help you cross that next finish line also. 

Michael Murry

Michael lives in Grove City and started walking in the fall of 2020 as a way to improve his health. On his first walk, he completed 3/4 of a mile in about 25 minutes. Today, he has lost 250 pounds and has completed multiple half-marathons and one full.

While initially very intimidated at the idea of entering races, Michael has experienced nothing but support and encouragement from the running community. 

That is also why Michael enjoys M3S races - they are for everyone! Fast, slow, runners, walkers, experienced, first timers - everyone will feel welcome, will feel comfortable, and will have a lot of fun at an M3S event!

Michael’s favorite race is the OhioHealth Capital City Half-Marathon because the course allows him to pass all of his favorite locations in Columbus and because he does the race with a group of friends - and 13.1 miles doesn’t seem as far when you do it with friends!

If you see Michael at a race this year, make sure to stop him and say hi!

Dave Parsons

Dave started running in 2010 with a desire to lose weight. Since that time, he’s lost 35 pounds, logged more than 31,000 miles, run over 160 races (including 36 marathons and several ultras), and become an RRCA certified running coach. He's also a member of the Rogue Racers team, and in addition to racing, he loves pacing others in races. Outside of running, Dave is a Public Information Officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and enjoys cheering on his daughters in all their endeavors. Fun fact: nearly one-third of Dave’s races have been M3S Sports events as he has raced in more than 50 of them!

Andrew Queler

Andrew started running in 2011 after deciding he didn’t want to be 225 pounds anymore. Over the years he’s worked his way down to 175 pounds and continues to enjoy running and racing whenever his schedule permits, as he’s a local small animal veterinarian. He appreciates the friendships that he’s made over the past 8 years in Columbus and the extraordinary running community. Andrew believes that M3S produces the greatest events with the greatest swag all year round, spanning January 1st with the First on the First 5k, all the way through December with the Jingle Bell Run. It’s the perfect motivation to keep his running on track all year long and he feels forever grateful. Andrew is also a member of the free Columbus Westside Running Club (CWRC) and loves running every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with a group of amazing people, from runners to walkers.

Chris Rutter

Chris resides in Worthington, Ohio with his husband (Steve) and their rescue dog (Moira). They recently
moved back to Ohio after living in Maine for three years and they are so excited to be back in their
Chris started running in 2013 as he was searching for an active way to eliminate the stress of everyday
life and that is where his love of running began. He started out by running around the block without
stopping, to one mile, his first 5k and so on.
Chris completed his first full marathon in 2014 and as of today he's completed 13 full marathons
including Berlin, Ottawa, Maine, Akron and of course Columbus. He's also finished 21 half
marathons with two more scheduled in 2024.
Chris has grown to love running for many reasons such as the supportive community, the feeling of self-
accomplishment and staying mentally healthy. He was a 2022 Maine Ambassador and 2024 Ottawa
Ambassador and is excited to be a 2024-2025 M3S Sports & Capital City Half Marathon Ambassador
right here in his hometown!

Hydie Shiplet

I am married to Jacob and we have four kids; One son (20) and three girls (23, 17, and 7).  I only began running a year after the birth of our last child when my husband decided he wanted to run a half marathon and I was trying to be supportive and join him.  Six years later, I am still running every day and he is not. My faith and my family are my number one priorities. You can usually find me running at 4:30 in the morning before my crew wakes up. After that, I can be found at a multitude of sporting events for each of our kids, or volunteering at church. Our youngest has recently fallen in love with running, so now you will find me running 5Ks and 4 milers with her while still trying to balance my own running goals. 

Torre Summers

I am a born, raised, and stayed Columbus girl. I love our city!! My life is busy and wonderfully full between being an entrepreneur, wife, and Mom to Marin, a collegiate tennis player, Tucker, a high school power lifter/golfer and Tripp the goldendoodle. torrechadwick is my brand that focuses on building strong, confident and fierce female athletes, coaching/mentoring athletes fills my bucket in more ways than I can count. I have been an athlete for the majority of my life, tennis being my main sport and great passion. I found the gift of running in my late-30s and have since completed many half marathons, the very first being Cap City, and completed my first full marathon in 2019. I am very active within the Columbus running community and am a Coach with Marathoners in Training (MIT).  When I am not running, I am on a tennis court taking lessons or hitting with my daughter. I am a member at Lifetime Upper Arlington where I weight train, and every so often hop into a yoga class.

Missy Tilton

My name is Missy, and I’ve been actively running since 2015, and I absolutely love the Columbus running community. I’m currently the chapter leader for the Columbus, Ohio SRTT/MRTT She Runs this Town.

My very first M3S Sports race was the Cap City half marathon in 2016, and my favorite is the 5th Line 5K, which I have ran each year from the start. One of my most memorable accomplishments in my running career thus far was completing the Chicago Marathon in 2022. It was a long and tough road getting there, however so worth it!

I currently reside in Canal Winchester with my husband, Chris, and our chihuahua, Millie Marie. My twins, Zach and Brittany, are grown and living their best adult lives. Several people in the Columbus running community may know my son Zach. I was his inspiration to start his running journey in 2017. I made it look like so much fun! And I hope to continue to inspire not only him, but everyone I know and some I don’t know that may watch me from afar.

I’m looking forward to being part of the M3S Sports family and promoting their awesome and exciting events. Giddy up!

Aaron Tucker

Good Morning, Good Afternoon and Good Evening! My name is Aaron Tucker but I do go by nickname Tuck.  I am that energic, loud, bouncing off the walls and full of that good craziness type of guy that loves the running lifestyle along with the fitness lifestyle.  I started taking up running more seriously in 2021 and I haven’t looked back since.  I ran my first half marathon in October 2021 and my first full marathon in October 2023.  Running is such a big part of my life because it's my therapy that helps keep my life going in a positive direction.  What motivates me is seeing all the different types of people that participate in any of the races and enjoying it no matter what their running level is in addition to the amazing running community that I’m very fortunate to be a part of.  DO THE DAMN THING!  GEAH GEAH! 

Allison Tuttle

Originally from Northern Virginia, Allison moved to Columbus, OH in 2015. She played basketball and lacrosse throughout childhood and used to dread running, as it oftentimes was 'punishment' for a bad play, dropped pass, or missed shot. That is until one day when a friend asked her to apply to the NYC Marathon lottery... and they got in. Allison trained all summer leading into her junior year of college and quickly developed a passion for the running community, but just weeks before race day she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases and was told to immediately stop all activity because her body was in crisis mode. Once her health stabilized and she found a healthy balance, Allison slowly began increasing her mileage and ran her first half marathon in 2013 and in 2015, nearly a year after her daughter was born, Allison completed her first full marathon. The moment she stepped across the finish line, she swore that she would never run another 26.2, but that wasn’t true. Since then, Allison has completed 10 full marathons, 2 24-hour endurance events, dozens of half marathons, countless shorter distance races, and has no plans of slowing down. Aside from running, Allison enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, reading, cooking, taking HIIT classes, traveling back to the East Coast to visit her family, and working as an Event Planner.

Shelby Watkins

Shelby is a dog mom recently promoted to a girl mom and the Assistant Manager at the newest Metro Park, Quarry Trails. She is admin for her local chapter of Moms Run this Town and loves strength training and running trails! Shelby stayed active in High School by playing soccer but didn’t really get into running till her junior year of college when her roommates asked her if she wanted to run a half marathon. She’s been hooked ever since completing several full marathons, countless half marathons, a duathalon, a few Ragnar relay races and a 50k!

Gary Weber

I began my running adventure in 2010 when my best friend (who is a seasoned runner) convinced me that I could do a half marathon (despite having only played contact sports in high school and college and never running more than 3 miles up to that point). I completed my first half on my 29th birthday the next year, finishing on the track at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, OR where the Olympic Trials are conducted. Despite thinking I might die (and at one point wishing for it as we climbed a large hill towards the end), I was hooked on the sport and began racing regularly. Since then I have run 24 half marathons, 1 full marathon, 8 15Ks, and more 5k and 4 mile races than I can count (including every 5th Line 5k and Ohio State 4 Miler). 

In 2014 I joined the best marathon training group in the world, Marathoners In Training, and in 2016 became a pace coach. I also pace races with Fleet Feet Sports and Beast Pacing. When I am not running I enjoy weight training, building LEGO sets, and most especially spending time with my family (especially when they can join me at races). 

Hopefully I’ll see you at a race soon!

Whitney Wilson

Hi I'm Whitney! I started my running journey in 6th grade and it has since turned into a life-long passion (with many highs and lows). Running is more of a mental game than a physical game for me, and I enjoy breaking through mental barriers (especially around mile 19 of a marathon) and reminding myself I can do hard things. I moved to Columbus in 2019 from Indiana and one thing I love about the city of Columbus is the running community! I have made so many connections and friendships through running that I will forever cherish. I'm big on mental health and making sure I listen to my body. No one's running journey looks the same, so always remember to be kind to yourself and run your own race at your own pace. I'm constantly motivated by seeing the people around me chase after their goals and joining friends at all the fun run clubs Columbus has to offer for some good vibes, chit chats & coffee!

Julia Wiseman

Julia’s running career began in high school when she ran on the cross country and track teams. She first fell in love with the social element of the sport and then developed an appreciation for the other benefits. After high school, Julia coached cross country and track at the middle school and high school levels for 8 years. In her mid-twenties, she had the desire to race again - she ran her first half marathon and then her first full marathon after her daughter was born and now can’t get enough. Through the journey of training for each of these races, Julia has become convinced that the benefits of running and fitness extend far beyond physical results and she is passionate about sharing these benefits and helping others achieve their goals. In the fall of 2021, Julia joined TeamRunRun as a personal trainer and run coach. Racing has a way of showing us to never place limits on ourselves and M3S provides such a spectacular experience!