One of the founding members of Craft Concept Racing, Meagan Nedlo has since relocated to Michigan and now competes vicariously through her CCR teammates. Meagan grew up participating in track and cross-country in her tiny East Texas hometown, but it wasn't until her mid-20s that she began to take running seriously. Following an unconventional path that led her going back to school full-time to run Division II track as a graduate student, Meagan lowered her 5k and 10k times by two and four minutes respectively, and graduated in 2010 with a Master's degree in Communications and three NCAA All-American honors. From there, she set her sights on the marathon, qualifying for and competing in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. Since then, Meagan lowered her marathon personal best to 2:39:08 at the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon, where she finished fourth overall (second American). Meagan qualified for her second Olympic Trials with a 2:40:48 finish at the 2014 Richmond Marathon, and has now set her sights on qualifying for a third Trials in 2020. When she's not running with her speedy English Setter or drinking wine with her cat, you can find Meagan traveling across Michigan in her role as a corporate sales territory manager for Cutter & Buck.
Larissa Bifano ran Division I cross-country and track for "Big Red," Cornell University, but has been ticking off PRs left and right in the past few years. She focuses on relatively shorter distances: the mile (PR - 4:54), 5k (PR - 15:51), and 10k (PR - 34:56) and was crowned the 2014 New England USATF Champion in the Road 5k and Road Mile. She enjoys hard track workouts and long runs training with friends, or tuning into This American Life for long distances. Her other hobbies are horseback riding and hiking. When not training in Marblehead, where she lives, Larissa is an IP attorney at DLA Piper LLP. She is also the National co-chair of the patent prosecution group and a Lawyer in Residence at Harvard Business School. Larissa recently brought the future Road Mile Champion to the world, with the birth of her baby girl.
Bev Antunes grew up in Toronto and ran Division 1 Track and Cross Counter at Harvard College. There she focused on the mile and 800m and co-captained during her senior year.
She has run consistently since college but stepped up her training since joining the Craft team (mostly in an effort to keep up with her speedy teammates!). Since joining the team, Bev has bested her PRs in the 5K (16:48) and 10K (35:08), and tied her mile PR (4:49). Though her current focus is on the middle distances, she still perks up at the prospect of a road mile. Bev works in Social Media at Panera Bread and fuels her training with their cookies. She lives in Boston with her husband Chris (also a runner) and occasionally ropes him into pacing her and her teammates in track time trials. They have two sons - Miles (3) and Owen (11 months). Miles has inherited his parents' love for the sport and officially has two speeds - sprinting and sleeping. While Owen hasn't figured out the running thing just yet, he can occasionally be spotted nibbling on finisher medals.
Kaitlin Sheedy started her running career as a sprinter in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer, and has made running a part of her life ever since. Gradually moving up in distance, Katie ran the 800m, 1000m and 1500m at Tufts University, and by her junior year, her coach had convinced her to run cross country. However, it wasn't until after college that Katie realized her true love of distance running while she was living in Washington, DC. Katie has focused primarily on marathons and half marathons over the last few years with her current PRs of 2:44:28 and 1:16:57 respectively. A recent highlight of her running career was running in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles with Craft teammates Hilary, Meagan and Sarah. Since then, she's been enjoying chasing her teammates to new PRs in shorter distances like 10k, 5k, and even surprised herself by breaking 5 minutes in a road mile (4:56).
Katie has her masters in public health and was able to merge her passion for running, health, and community development through her involvement as a volunteer mentor and board member of Teens Run DC. She hopes to continue to contribute to positive youth development in the Boston area. Katie recently moved back to Boston from Washington, DC and is looking forward to running, hiking, and eating her way through New England with her husband Bill and black pug Ninja.
Ginger loves running. She also loves biking and swimming, and she competes in both running and triathlon events. Ginger started running competitively in 2002 as a member of the Impalas all-women racing team in San Francisco, California. Since then, she has raced nine marathons (PR 2:49:18) and five Ironman triathlons, including the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii twice. In 2017, Ginger was both the Masters 10K National Champion and the Masters XC National Champion. Ginger enjoys her children's growing interest in sport and is one of the organizers of the Lincoln Kids Triathlon. Her favorite place to run is the trails of Lincoln, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and two kids.
Diana Bowser has been running for a long time, but did not start running consistently until after she finished college (Harvard University, 1995) and settled in the Boston area after living overseas. She started running marathons and qualified for three marathon Olympic Trials (2000, 2004, and 2012). She also qualified for the USA National Championship in the 10k in the year 2001. Her favorite workout is 400m repeats on the track. She now enjoys fitting her running in between her full time faculty position at Brandeis University, where she teaches on health policy, and enjoying time with her three children and her husband (Peter Hammer), also a former competitive runner.
Mariah Tinger ran for Trinity College, but became focused on the sport after graduation. Coach Steve Burton inspired her love of running and trained her for Dublin Marathon, her first. She qualified for Boston and in 2006 was re-lacing for the rolling hills of the area’s most coveted race. Twelve marathons later, she cannot imagine running less than one or two a year, even while pregnant. Running has shaped her life in innumerable positive ways, including connecting her with her husband, an ultra-marathoner. She has placed in the top three of several marathons and holds a 2:58 PR.
Mariah recently completed her first book, Protecting the Planet: Environmental Champions from Conservation to Climate Change. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Harvard University’s Extension School, and teaches sustainability strategy at Boston University's Questrom School of Management. She lives with her husband and two children in the North Shore of Boston.
Mariah will be taking a break from running for foot surgery, but will be back on the roads soon!
Kat Vassallo started running as a freshman in high school and has been hooked ever since. She competed in Division III cross-country and track at Colby College, ultimately earning NCAA All-American honors in cross-country and a Bachelor's degree in English/Creative Writing. After college, After college, Katrina gradually moved toward marathon training and now focuses on longer distances, particularly the half marathon (PR - 1:21) and marathon (PR - 2:52). Katrina has a master's degree in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College and works as a production editor at Harvard University Press. She lives north of Boston with her husband, Dan, also a runner. They can often be found training together on the North Shore and/or frequenting Treadwell's, their favorite local ice cream place. Katrina's non-running interests include reading, writing, skiing, cooking, and travelling.
Hilary Dionne started running cross-country in junior high as cross-training for the swim team, as she swam competitively since age 7. After balancing both sports freshman year in high school, her coaches convinced her to "throw in the towel" and run full time. She earned high school All State XC and Track (5k) honors numerous times in Rhode Island, and went on to run varsity Division I XC and Track at Dartmouth College. Here, she was All Ivy League in both XC and in the outdoor 10k her junior year. After college, Hilary took a few years off from competitive racing, though still ran religiously almost every day and did a few low-key road races. A coworker talked her into trying a marathon, and she debuted with a 2:55:15 in the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon. Hooked, she has now competed in 14 marathons, won two (Cape Cod 2011 and Hartford 2012), and started with the elite women's field in 5 Boston Marathons, her favorite race. In Boston 2015, despite a slightly slower time in cold, windy conditions, she placed 15th among women and got her 15-minutes in the spotlight after crossing the finish line hand-in-hand with 2014 Meb Keflezghi. Her marathon personal best is 2:34:45 from the 2015 Berlin Marathon, hitting the 2016 Olympic Trials with the "A" standard. She competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials marathon in LA with several other Craft teammates! Outside of running, Hilary is the SVP of Channel Operations at Jobcase Inc., a tech startup in Kendall Square, Cambridge MA whose mission is to connect the world's workforce to empower them in their vocational, professional, and volunteering pursuits.
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Kim is a native of Hopkinton, MA and, despite having grown up as a Hiller, now lives in Boston and avoids hills at all costs. She began her running career as a 400 hurdler and 800m runner in high school but learned to love the mile while running indoor track for Connecticut College (not to be confused with UConn), where she set school records in the 1k, mile, 4x800, and DMR, and competed twice at D3 NCAAs. Kim now races everything from 5ks to half marathons. Her favorite distance at the moment is the 5k, but she’s happy racing anything, as long as it’s not on a track. Kim is also a PT student with a special interest in treating athletes of all kinds, but especially runners. She is currently completing her last clinical at a private practice back in Hopkinton.
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