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Club Leadership

MCRRC’s Board of Directors invite any club member to the monthly board meeting, normally held on the first or second Thursday evening of each month at various locations. Please let the board know if you would like to make a presentation at one of the meetings, so that time can be found in an upcoming agenda.

Bio Picture - AZAshley Zuraf, Director of Operations
Ashley joined MCRRC in 2003 to train for her first marathon (a decision hastily made after finishing a single 5K). Over the years, she has held many key positions in the club such as Race Director for the Memorial 4 Miler and Section 2 Lead for the Parks Half Marathon. She previously coached with both the First Time Marathon and the Speed Development programs and is a former member of the MCRRC Board of Directors.  Though no longer a runner, Ashley stays busy with Jiu Jitsu & Crossfit and shuttling her son to karate, Jiu Jitsu and basketball.  Her most important role is being a mom to her two boys and if that all weren’t enough, she is an expert classroom mom and the volunteer bookkeeper for All Shepherd Rescue.  Ashley is also dedicated to working obedience & other training with her German Shepherd, Mo, who you may recognize as the new Official Spokesdog for the Parks Half Marathon.

Ken Earley
President
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Ken has been an MCRRC member since 2007, and has filled a variety of roles for the club including serving as Secretary from 2010-2013 and Vice President fron 2017-2019. He coached XMP for ten years, and has been Program Co-Director for the Winter Half Marathon Program for the past three years. Ken lives in Rockville with his wife Mary, children Lemlem and Desu, and an incorrigible Beagle named Cricket and her not-so-bright brother, Hershey.

Brad Stewart
Vice President
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Brad began running to reach triathlon finish lines.  Being composed solely of lengthy, slow-twitch muscles, he has since evolved to longer distance racing.  He is an Ironman who ran his first marathon in 1996, and is a coach and runner with MCRRC’s Experienced Marathon Program (XMP).  Brad also coached with MCRRC’s Winter Advanced Marathon Training (AMT) Program. When not running, Brad is the Chief Executive Officer of a biotechnology company, the Chair of Maryland Life Sciences and the Vice Chair of the Maryland Tech Council.


Jennifer Smith
Treasurer
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Jen’s first experience with the club was with the 10K program in 2010.  In 2018, after an 8-year hiatus from running, Jen returned to the club with the 5K Run/Walk Program. She joined the program to jumpstart a fitness and weight loss journey and is proud to say she’s lost 65 pounds.  Jen has been off and running ever since! In 2019, Jen ran with the First Time Marathon Program, got her RRCA Coaching Certification, and has served as a pace coach for the Winter Half Marathon Program.  She has run numerous races of varying distances since joining the club and completed her first marathon in 2019!    Jen volunteers at aid stations and water stops for club races and program runs. She brings almost 30 years of accounting experience to MCRRC. Her financial background includes 8 years auditing non-profits and 5 years as the CFO for a local performing arts organization. She now has her own accounting and tax services company. Jen previously served as Treasurer for her college’s SCUBA club and for the C&O Canal Trust.   When not working or running with the club, Jen works out, bicycles, rides motorcycles, and white-water kayaks.  Jen lives in Silver Spring, MD with her 2 BIG lovable cat fur babies, Aruba and Tahiti!

Brian Murphy
Secretary
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Brian started running in 2007 as a way to get in shape. He quickly fell in love with everything about it – especially the community aspect. Brian has been a member of MCRRC since moving to Montgomery County in 2013, and most often you can find him at the Wednesday night track workouts, Ken-Gar Sunday’s as the long run coordinator, Pub runs, or at one of the many road or cross country races in the club running or volunteering. He is also a member of the club’s competitive racing team trying to balance his love of racing with training properly for those races from 1 mile to the marathon.

Carol Braun
Member at Large

Carol has been an MCRRC member since 2005, when she decided she wanted an athletic achievement, and joined the First Time Marathon Program. Having never run a road race, she mapped out a 3 mile course through her neighborhood and used it to work up to the 6 consecutive mile pre-requisite of the FTM program. She thought this would be a one and done accomplishment, but found she enjoyed the camaraderie of the running community so much that she continued to run and train with the Experienced Marathon Program to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and eventually moved onto triathlons. She has since completed dozens of races and marathons including Ironman. In 2019, she competed as part of Team USA in the World Triathlon Olympic distance championship in Switzerland. Over the years, Carol has volunteered at multiple races and in club training programs.  Thursday mornings at 5:30am you can find her leading a 10 mile group run on the Millennium Trail in Rockville with a wonderful group of friends and runners. Carol is married with two grown children currently living in NYC and LA.
 

Peter Haack
Member at Large

Pete grew up a swimmer, spending of his summer months at the Aspen Hill Swimming Club.  During those times he was told that “swimmers don’t run” and thus did not like running much at all.  As a 12-year career ended as a member of the Indiana Men’s Swimming team, he began to look for other ways to enjoy exercise. Pete ran his first race, the Parks Half Marathon, in 2009. He has since completed both trail and road marathons, a couple of 50K’s and a lot of other races of varying distance – many of which were done within MCRRC programs and races.  Over the past 10 years , Pete has learned much about running and as a coach for MCRRC Winter Trails program, has enjoyed helping new trail runners find their way on the trails as well as helping to design the best courses for the program. In his non-running life, Pete works in IT Security and has been using those skills to create new tools for the club as well as enhancing and streamlining others to better serve the MCRRC membership.

Jefferson Lunsford
Member at Large

Jeff has been a member of MCRRC since 2009, when he was coerced to sign up for FTM. He has since run multiple seasons with FTM and XMP, and has completed 13 marathons to date with more to come. Jeff was born and raised in Montgomery County and has expanded the club’s presence in the southern part of the county.  While he doesn’t actually live in Kemp Mil “proper”, he leads the Thursday morning hill workout in Kemp Mill, directs the Kemp Mill Chills 5K / 10K and represents MCRRC in Kemp Mill Community Day. Jeff was instrumental in establishing Kensington parkrun, a free, weekly low-key 5K for the surrounding community. When he’s not running, Jeff works at the National Archives in College Park, eats whatever he wants and sleeps whenever he can.

Yvette Murphy
Member at Large

Yvette had always integrated running in her life to stay fit and run an occasional 5k or 10k. Determined, however, to learn how to train properly and avoid injury, the sport became more of a focus for her when she joined MCRRC’s Speed Development Program in 2015. She went on to train with the First Time Marathon (FTM) program where she continued to bond with a strong running community filled with knowledge and support that allowed her to complete her first marathon. From there, she became an RRCA Level 1-Certified coach and pace-coached for FTM before transitioning to the Experienced Marathon Program. She has also participated in and coached for Winter Trails and loves splitting her year between the road and trails. Yvette is a deep believer that trail-running makes her a stronger runner overall. If Yvette had a “walk-up” song before starting a race, it would be “Burn” by Ellie Goulding because she constantly challenges herself to be more comfortable being uncomfortable and believes everyone has the inner-fire to achieve what they set their minds to.

Kristen Serafin
Member at Large

Kristen started running as a way to combat severe asthma and GERD in 2014.  Kristen has over 10 years of teaching and training experience, including teaching ballet, tutoring in math and statistics, and pace coaching.  Kristen was Open Female Runner of the Year and Most Improved Runner in 2017. She currently runs for MCRRC’s Competitive Racing team, and after training with HMP, XMP, and Speed Development, is a firm believer that group training works!  Kristen races every distance from 1 to 50 miles, on roads and trails.  In her non-running life, Kristen is Associate Director in technology for a financial regulator, and pet-mom to two shelter animals: a trail-loving lab named Mozzarella and a feisty cat named Daisy.