Voices Of Cap City

Introducing the Voices of M3S Sports! After receiving a remarkable number of applications and reading through each from top to bottom, we made our selections and believe that this group of inspiring individuals support our passion for producing remarkable celebrations of the active, healthy lifestyle with a focus on an amazing participant experience. Be sure to follow our 21 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!

Lisa Amstutz

When Lisa was 30, a friend asked if she wanted to join her in training for a half marathon. Lisa said the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as she was on a journey to live a healthier lifestyle. In 2013, Lisa began running and The Cap City Half Marathon was one of her first races and she has continued running Cap City almost every year since. Lisa and her husband currently reside in Bluffton with their two children, although she is originally from Northwest Ohio and lived in Columbus for almost 5 years and frequently comes back to run races with her family and friends. Over the course of six years, Lisa has lost almost 40 lbs, improved her lifestyle dramatically, ran through both of her pregnancies, and now enjoys running with her kids. She says that she is inspired by the running community looks forward to sharing her passion for running, living healthy, and the awesome atmosphere at M3S races with others!

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Ohio State 4 Miler

Laurie Bilovesky

Laurie has been actively involved in the running (and walking) community since 2009 after she realized it was time to get in shape and take back her life. She joined Marathoners in Training through Fleet Feet Sports and has been coaching with them since 2011. Laurie loves watching new (and experienced) runners/walkers crushing their goals every season. You may have even seen her at a past race, as she frequently is a pacer for M3S. Over the years, Laurie has completed 57 halves, 10 fulls, and 3 ultras.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: OhioHealth Emerald City Half Marathon

Heather Carpenter

Heather is originally from the Hocking Hills, lived in the Columbus area before moving to Cincinnati. She spends her days working in medical imaging and growing her run coaching business @joyfulpurposerunning. Heather found her passion for running back in 2012. Since then she has been blessed to run NYC, Chicago, and Big Sur Marathons. Her border collie mix rescue is her running buddy and loves to run fast! Heather has been active in the Cincinnati running community where she has been a pace coach for a few running clubs and a guide for a visually impaired man. She is also a certified run coach and loves to personalize run plans and assist her athletes in obtaining their goals. She loves to remind everyone to “Be the best you.”  This pertains to your running and everyday life.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

Teresa Gellenbeck

Teresa first started running as a soccer player and post-college and the half marathon became her favorite distance. She is a teacher, photographer, wife, and mom. In addition to running, she enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, and exploring the Columbus fitness scene for Living Fit Columbus!

Favorite M3S Sports Race: FORE! Miler presented by OhioHealth

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.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: OhioHealth MommyMile

Dom Hoecherl

Dom and her family moved from Denver to Columbus in 2015, where she was introduced to the amazing CBUS running community. She ran her first half marathon in 2016, Emerald City, and became addicted to all of the amazing events that M3S Sports provides. In October 2019, Dom ran her first full marathon. Dom has a background in soccer - she played at the University of Utah - and has transitioned that to coaching. She served as the Director of Coaching for 12 years at Colorado Rush and currently works with the Dublin Soccer League and DSX program, in addition to teaching fitness classes. Her passion for an active lifestyle and healthy competition is what drives her and keeps that fire burning.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

JJ Johnson

JJ recently moved back to Columbus from Northwest Ohio about a year ago and is a Senior Graphic Designer at Battelle for Kids. He started running after college to stay in shape, but didn’t start running races until about 3 years ago. Since then, he’s completed 6 half marathons and many 10k, 5k, and 4 miler races. You can usually find JJ running with the Rocky Fork Running Club downtown once or twice on the weekends.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

Kathy Kapes

Kathy started running in 2012 and crossed over into the triathlon scene in 2017. Over the years has completed 19 half marathons, seven full marathons, three 70.3 events and this past fall, she completed her first Ironman in Maryland and says it was an experience like no other. Kathy describes herself as a ‘back of the pack’ athlete, serves as a pace coach with MIT, and loves seeing others achieve their goals. She races with positivity and gratitude and shares that 2020 will be all about fun - doing things that bring a smile to her face! Also, GO BUCKS!

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Ohio State 4 Miler

Chris Manz

Born and raised in Columbus. Started running in 2011 when he completed his first quarter marathon at Cap City. Has been hooked ever since. Father of 3 boys. Marathon runner. Cross-country and track coach. Loves running.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

Nicole Mattson

Nicole is a wife, mother, and runner who is new to Ohio, but not the Midwest! Over the years, she’s completed 7 full marathons, 20 half marathons, and countless 15k, 10k, and 5k races. She loves all things running and fitness and hopes to inspire people to live fit and be happy!

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Ohio Capital City Half Marathon

Ashley Odenweller

Ashley is a wife, mom, and business owner who tries to make fitness a priority in her life. She started running in 2014 and completed her first half marathon in 2018. Running has become a place for her to get away from the chaos and numerous to-do's in her daily life and she’s grown to love the feeling of crossing the finish line! Plus, she’s a self-admitted medal junkie. Over the years, Ashley has completed numerous 4 mile, 5k, and 10k races, plus 2 half marathons. Her favorite distance to run is a 10k and she tries to do as many as she can.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: Flying Feather Four Miler

Dave Parsons

Dave started running in 2010 with a desire to lose weight. Since that time, he’s lost 45 pounds, logged 20,000 miles, run over 110 races (including 16 marathons with 6 Boston Marathon qualifying times), and has become an RRCA certified running coach. Outside of running, Dave is the PR and Communications Manager for Donatos Pizza and enjoys cheering on his daughters in all of their endeavors. Fun fact: nearly one-third of Dave’s races over the past 10 years have been M3S Sports events!

Favorite M3S Sports Race: OhioHealth First On The First 5K

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.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Capital City Half Marathon

Drew Rankin

Drew is a dad of two, Buckeye, Wellness Consultant, runner, and Pelotonia rider. He’s run many half marathons and two full marathons, but 2020 will be his first Capital City Half Marathon! He’s trained with Fleet Feet’s MIT program before and is looking forward to rejoining the best pace group ever again!

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Ohio State 4 Miler

Drew Riley

Drew is a married father of 4 and has been a Diesel Technician for COTA for the past 24 years. He started running when he turned 40-years-old because he couldn’t make it up a flight of stairs without losing his breath and has completed numerous races over the years since.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Ohio State 4 Miler

Becca Rohner

Becca began running 5k races in 2008 and over the years has completed 16 half marathons and 2 full marathons. You will find Becca running most often with the Columbus Westside Running Club (CWRC), where she serves on the board as Vice President. CWRC meets Tuesday nights at Westgate Park, Thursday nights at Battelle Darby, and Saturday mornings on the Camp Chase Trail! When she’s not running, Becca can be found driving around Ohio serving as an Account Executive for a managed care organization and enjoys volunteering in her community.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Capital City Half Marathon

Jess Stanley

Jess loves being active in her community and inspiring others to step outside of their comfort zone. She is a member of the Central Ohio Triathlon Club and TriColumbus, has completed 9 half marathons, a triathlon, 2 Olympic duathlons, and has her eyes set on new goals for 2020, including a full marathon and ⅓ Ironman. In May 2020, Jess will be traveling to Alabama to compete in the USA Triathlon National Championships! Outside of fitness, Jess is a published poet and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Special Education to advance her career at the state and ultimately, the federal level.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Capital City Half Marathon

Taylor Staus

Taylor found a passion for health and wellness after losing 50lbs out of college. For workouts, she now lifts, goes to classes at Shred415 Sawmill, and runs. In 2020, Taylor is very excited to earn some PRs! When she’s not being active, you can catch Taylor being the Social Media and Events Specialist over at (614)!

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Capital City Half Marathon

Torre Summers

Torre is a born, raised, and stayed Columbus girl. Her life is busy and wonderfully full between spending time with her family and nurturing her own lifestyle brand, Chadwick Home-Cozy Living and Celebrations. Torre has been an athlete for the majority of her life and loves the joy and pain of being an athlete and how the challenge works her brain and body. She found the gift of running in her late-30s and has since completed many half marathons, the very first being Cap City, and recently completed her first full marathon. She’s very active within the Columbus running community and is a member of Marathoners in Training (MIT), Moms Run This Town (MRTT), and the FFCrew, which is part of the national women's running movement known as Fellow Flowers. When she’s not running, Torre is oftentimes at Premier at Sawmill in spin class, on a yoga mat, or doing a workout with her personal trainer.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

Allison Szedlock

Allison is a mother, 5AM runner, and recently made the transition from teaching to working full-time in the endurance sports world. It’s safe to say that she loves everything about the running community! Allison began running in college, but was forced to take a few years off to focus on her health. Once things stabilized, she slowly began increasing her mileage and ran her first half marathon in 2013 and became hooked on distance running because of how it pushes her to dig deeper, tests her limits, and fills her with a sense of accomplishment. In 2015, nearly a year after her daughter was born, Allison completed her first full marathon and 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, she’s completed 10 full marathons, dozens of half marathons, countless shorter distance races, and has no plans of slowing down.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Ohio State 4 Miler

Shelby Watkins

Shelby is a wife, fur mom, Park Ranger at Highbanks Metro Park, and the admin for her local chapter of Moms Run This Town. In high school, Shelby played soccer which kept her in shape, but when she got to college, she needed to find something new. During her junior year, her roommates asked if she would run a half marathon with them and without hesitation, she said yes and has been hooked ever since. She’s continued running for the past 6 years, but it wasn’t until 2016 that she got serious about it. Over the years she’s completed full marathons, half marathons, trail races, a Ragnar Relay race, and even a duathlon.

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The Ohio State 4 Miler

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 April of 2019, Julia joined Rise Fitness Community as a trainer and run coach and loves feeling like she is part of a team again. Racing has a way of showing us to never place limits on ourselves and M3S provides such a spectacular experience!

Favorite M3S Sports Race: The OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon