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The 2017 #SRCBrooks “Li’l Beasts” aspire for the same things their big siblings on the Brooks Beasts Track Club aspire towards: dreaming large, running big, and giving back to the running community!

The #SRCBrooks team is an annually-updated cross-section of running disciplines and talents. They receive support from our club as well as Brooks Running, and in return they give back in the form of volunteer work on local trails and at many local races. The team members are chosen on the strength of their running résumé as well as their commitment to our club and to supporting the growth of running in our region. These runners can be found on a track, on a road, on trails, at breweries, sometimes arcades, and everywhere in between. Meet them below!

Erik Barkhaus
Image: Takao Suzuki

Erik Barkhaus

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Resides: Madison Valley

AGE

26

NICKNAME

Barkhaus

2017 RUNNING GOALS

Sub 4 hour Chuckanut, sub 2:25 marathon, stay healthy, White River debut?

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK

Yes, at Elliot Bay Book Company.

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

my tendency to hold grudges (why should I so easily forget that someone had my lost sock in their room for over a year even though I asked like 3 times) #unforgivable #Dan

FAV RUNNING FUEL

I have yet to find a running fuel that hasn’t betrayed me in some way or another. #grudges

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Cheese

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Run up Rainier

FAV EMOJI

💩 since it describes some of my bad running days so well.

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

I can take a Nongshim Ramen to the next level with a couple of eggs and some fresh veggies and garnish on top.

WHY DO YOU RUN

I enjoy the camaraderie within all the groups I’ve ever been a part of. Also the mental and physical health benefits aren’t too shabby.

  • Chabot Redtail Ridge 30k: 2:08:18 (4th place)
    Bridle Trails 10 miler: 57:31 (1st place; CR)

Olin Berger
Image: Glenn Tachiyama

Olin Berger

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Resides: Capitol Hill

AGE

32

NICKNAME

Berger

2017 RUNNING GOAL

To achieve a performance during a race that matches what I envision when registering.

LIFE AXIOM

“Do it anyway.”

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK?

Not the runner

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

Delusions of grandeur.

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Banana & peanut butter

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

One part Wild Turkey 101, two parts sugar-free Rockstar, pour over crushed ice, top with Sour Patch Kids. The perfect “Unsupervised Kid’s Table.”

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

CR on The Wing segment of the FLB5

FAV EMOJI

🤗

FAV GIF

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK ROAST BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Random jokers at Euro Pub

WHY DO YOU RUN

I’m afflicted by the belief that suffering somehow makes you a better person.

Joe Creighton
Image: Takao Suzuki

Joe Creighton

Hometown: Chico, CA

Resides: West Seattle

AGE

37

NICKNAME

Sue

2017 RUNNING GOAL

White River faster than a 747.

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK?

Yeah 😏

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

Tweeting at @oiselle too often

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Water; tears from #teens who went out too fast

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Flying Lion’s Rye Stout

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Watch Evan Williams break 15:00 in a 5k

FAV EMOJI

🍑

FAV GIF

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Bad steak

WHY DO YOU RUN

Otherwise my jeans won’t fit, and I can’t afford to buy new jeans.

  • DuPont Trail Half Marathon: 1:27:55 (1st place)
    Bridle Trails 50K Pairs: 3:04:03 (3rd place; under prev CR)

Jenny Easterberg

Jenny Easterberg

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Resides: Issaquah, WA

AGE

33

NICKNAME

Bunny

2017 RUNNING GOAL

Run as many race distances as possible.

LIFE AXIOM

Life’s too short, just do it.

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK?

Nope

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

Never sitting still.

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Coffee and whip cream

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Frozen yogurt

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Run at least a half marathon on all of the hawaiian islands.

FAV EMOJI

😀

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Duck

WHY DO YOU RUN

Short answer: it keeps me sane.
Longer answer: I had an eating disorder that nearly killed me 6 years ago. I run to inspire and give hope to others struggling with this disease. Not only is there life outside an eating disorder, but you can have a truly amazing life! Mine’s frickin’ cool.

  • Spring Run for Fun 1/2 Marathon: 1:36:56 (2nd place F)
    Trail Trashed Marathon: 5:25:05 (6th place F)
    Lord Hill Trail 20m: 3:22:08 (2nd place F)
    Lake Mead Half Marathon: 1:37:46 (1st place)

Steph Grimm

Steph Grimm

Hometown: Fleetwood, PA

Resides: Queen Anne

AGE

29, 3-0 in April

NICKNAME

Stephienado

2017 RUNNING GOAL

Train up. Last year, I stayed within my comfort zone and competed in mostly 5-mile races. I’d like to be competitive at trail halfs and have a really strong showing at Run Iceland 2017.

LIFE AXIOM

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -Sam Beckett
Run Happy.

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK?

Nope

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

Being too aggressive toward people who display poor cell phone etiquette.

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Justin’s Nut Butters (is it bad that I can’t type that without laughing?), Picky Bars, and Shine Organics Snack Pouches.

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Kuma coffee, Haribo gummies (all kinds!)

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Race on every continent.

FAV EMOJI

FAV GIF

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Scrapple. Just kidding, that stuff is nasty. I am known for my roasted chimichurri carrots!

WHY DO YOU RUN

For continual self-improvement, the friends, the community, the bod, the high, and the nature!

  • Spring Run for Fun 10m: 1:16:27 (1st place F)
    Lord Hill Trail 10m: 1:36:12 (2nd place F)

Keith Laverty
Image: Glenn Tachiyama

Keith Laverty

Hometown: Woodinville, WA

Resides: Bainbridge Island, WA

AGE

29

NICKNAME

White Lightning

2017 RUNNING GOAL

Continuing to stay just as competitive while being a new dad, staying injury-free and a sub-7 hour for a 50-miler.

LIFE AXIOM

“Just have fun.”

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK?

No but fate will bring us together at some point.

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

Not getting into the ice cold rivers/lakes fast enough for ice bath therapy.

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Huma gel (Lemonade, Mango and Strawberry)

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Anything that my wife, Elisa, bakes (cinnamon rolls) or cooks (beef stroganoff).

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Top 10 @ Western States 100.

FAV EMOJI

🙈

FAV GIF

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Amy’s frozen burritos.

WHY DO YOU RUN

Running keeps me sane, keeps me healthy and movement is the essence of life!

  • Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Marathon: 3:25:51 (1st place)
    Orcas Island 25k: 2:19:39 (1st place)

Ellen Lavoie

Ellen Lavoie

Hometown: Kingston, NH

Resides: Shoreline, WA

AGE

49

NICKNAME

Ellen (although I’m sure there’s been others!)

2017 RUNNING GOAL

Speed up, run across the state of WA (again…except run more of it this time)

LIFE AXIOM

“Leave your comfort zone…regularly.”

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK?

No, but if he knew about me he’d want to meet me!

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

Not staying still.

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Soup or Boosta cells

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Chips and salsa

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Badwater 135, HURT 100, Tarawera 100, Coast to Kosci 204km, and anything crazy really.

FAV EMOJI

😱

FAV GIF DOG MEMES

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Pizza

WHY DO YOU RUN

It’s slightly faster than hiking, so I can see more! And it keeps me from going too insane.

刘子杨/ Sophia Liu
Image: Takao Suzuki

刘子杨/Sophia Liu

Hometown: Tian Jin, China

Resides: Kirkland, WA

AGE

33

NICKNAME

Eland, Sophia

2017 RUNNING GOAL

1. Stay healthy & injury free
2. Marathon under 2:45 (sounds crazy but never hurts to dream)
3. Explore more trails and trail races

LIFE AXIOM

“If there is a will, there is a way.”
“跨越梦想,一起飞,你我需要真心面对”

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK?

Not yet.

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

Not driving.

FAV RUNNING FUEL

PH+ water

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Ice cream

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Olympic Trials Marathon; Western States 100

FAV EMOJI

😇

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Dumplings

WHY DO YOU RUN

To feel free and satisfied.

  • Lake Sammammish 1/2 Marathon: 1:23:36 (2nd place F)
    Rain Run 1/2 Marathon: 1:24:17 (1st place F)
    Bridle Trails 10 miler: 1:07:44 (2nd place F)

Jo Markham
Image: Takao Suzuki

Jo Markham

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Resides: Olympia, WA

AGE

30

NICKNAME

Jojo

2017 RUNNING GOALS

Run my first marathon; 50k PR; Run around Mt. Hood and Rainier

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK?

Nope

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Nutella

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Nutella & coffee

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Western States

WHY DO YOU RUN

Stay healthy, friends, and community.

  • Orcas 25k: 2:32:03 (1st place F)
    Capitol Peak Mega Fat Ass 26k: 2:22:08 (1st place F)
    Bridle Trails 10 miler: 1:07:11 (1st place F)

Stefan Redfield
Image: Win Goodbody

Stefan Redfield

Hometown: Sisters, OR

Resides: Roosevelt

AGE

27

NICKNAME

Rusty

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK

No, but I read that book he’s in – “Time to Run”.

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

Luring them into the woods and hunting them for sport one by one. Then when they turn the tables by starting a small forest fire and corner me with a whittled wooden spear, I say “JK, lol”.

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Ezelle’s Spicy Chicken Tender Combo, ½ lb, with coleslaw

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Gu Roctane

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

FAV EMOJI

🐎

FAV GIF

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Det kolde bord is a Scandinavian meat, cheese, herring, and akvavit spread and I will sing the toast song to go a long with it.

WHY DO YOU RUN

I don’t feel myself when I’m not feeling fast. Honestly, it’s not even the running that pulls me in but the racing, and you need to do the former to do the latter. Training and racing keeps me meditated, focused, and makes my heart feel big. Not to mention the A+ running crew that comprises SRC.

  • DuPont Trail 5k: 17:18 (1st place)

Trisha Steidl

Trisha Steidl

Hometown: Bellingham, WA

Resides: Leschi

AGE

40!

NICKNAME

Trish, Rosie

2017 RUNNING GOAL

Fully come back from my injury. Run fast again. Run around and climb each of the following: Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier.

LIFE AXIOM

Do or do not. There is no try. (I think Yoda stole that from me.)

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK

We used to run and spend time together regularly back in the early-to-mid 2000s.

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

I can’t think of anything they say to me, so you’ll have to ask them when I’m not around.

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Hammer Apple and Cinnamon gels and Clif Bloks with caffeine (I discovered the wonder of these last year!)

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Food with butternut squash as a main ingredient.

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Go back to the Boston Marathon and run it when I’m fit. Run the FKT at Mt. St. Helens (which is what I was on pace to do last summer when I fell, which caused the injury that took me out for 3+ months).

FAV EMOJI

Who doesn’t love the classic 💩?

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Peanut sauce for Thai food.

WHY DO YOU RUN

To challenge myself. To see how good I can be. To feel good. To see amazing landscapes I likely wouldn’t otherwise get to see.

Brett Winegar
Image: Takao Suzuki

Brett Winegar

Hometown: Kalispell, MT

Resides: Big Finn Hill Park, Kirkland

AGE

37

NICKNAME

Brettman

2017 RUNNING GOAL

Stay healthy, try some new races, visit some new places, share drinks with current friends and a few with new friends.

LIFE AXIOM

Find meaning in the thing you are passionate about; if you do, you’ll find meaning in this other pastime we all call life.

EVER MET SCOTT JUREK

No.

MY FRIENDS CRITICIZE ME FOR _________

Beats me.

FAV RUNNING FUEL

Apple Fritters (before); Snickers (during)

FAV NON-RUNNING FUEL

Red Robin Burgers!

RUNNING BUCKET LIST ITEM

Trail Races anywhere in Costa Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Italy, and Sweden, and take advantage of some site-seeing along the way.

FAV EMOJI

🙂

ONE THING YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THIS TEAM

Fried chicken.

WHY DO YOU RUN

Health, purpose, friendship…and because I’m obsessed.

  • Lord Hill Trail Half Marathon: 1:49:48 (3rd place)
    Bridle Trails 10 miler: 59:54 (2nd place)

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