These Race Across USA Core Team athletes have committed to run the entire width of the United
States to raise awareness about childhood “inactivity”, to raise money for the 100 Mile Club® and to sign up as many schools as possible along the way. The route will start in California and end
in Maryland, covering a total of 13 states (CA, AZ, NM, TX, LA, AR, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD) plus Washington DC. The total distance of the route from coast to coast is approximately 3,000
The entire journey will take 140 days to run. Rest days have been added so that runners can visit schools along the way. On Day 2, the runners will stop briefly at the headquarters of the 100
Mile Club® in Norco, CA. On Day 139, the runners will also stop at the White House in Washington DC to show their appreciation for the First Lady’s support of this important issue.
Meet the runners below:
Jup Brown – New Zealand
Hi my name is Jup and I’m from New Zealand. Have only been a ultra runner for three years but have been having a great time traveling the world meeting people and running in some really cool
places. I never think too much about running but instead about having fun and enjoying where I am at that time.
My running started slow with a 42km marathon to then nothing for 5 yrs. I then saw a 100 km run and thought I’d try.
From there I combined it with my love of travel and people to plan and then run the length of New Zealand 2937 kms over 67 days in 2011 for the NZ Stroke Foundation and then 5 months later the
length of Japan 4259 kms over 97 days for the Tsunami Affect areas of Tohoku, Japan.
It was something that has changed my life, Going to schools and getting the kids moving and smiling, meeting people along the roads I run and having everyone come together to help others was a
great feeling to be a part of.
I hope that you will get behind RAUSA and join us on the road if you can as we run across the US. More people means more fun and you won’t want to miss all the fun we will be having with the Kids
and the 100 Mile Club.
Drop us a mail if you have any questions, Would love to hear from you.
Bryce Carlson – Indiana, USA
Bryce is an assistant professor of anthropology at Purdue University, where his work examines the dietary environment of wild chimpanzees and gorillas to better understand human dietary
In sport, Bryce rowed in college at the University of Michigan before coaching at the collegiate and high school levels for eight years while he finished up with graduate school at Emory
University. Throughout that period he took up running and has raced competitively on roads and trails from 5K to 100 miles. Most recently he completed the 2013 Midwest Grand Slam of Ultrarunning,
finishing four of the oldest 100-mile trail races across the Midwest in one summer.
Vanessa Kline – California, USA
Vanessa is a 32 year old mother of three from Hesperia, CA. She started running in January 2012 as a way to lose weight and get in shape. She has completed 18 marathons, a 50 miler, and a 72
miler. She finds joy in giving back to the sport by pacing marathons. Her most recent accomplishment was winning first place overall at the Lake Tahoe Super Triple (2 marathons and a 72 miler
back to back).
She works for the local school district and lives with her fiance’ Tommy (a professional MMA fighter), and children Damian (9), Bailin (3), and Harper (1). She is excited to run across the USA to
bring awareness to childhood inactivity. Having three children she understands and is passionate about keeping kids active and healthy.
Jim Lincoln – Colorado, USA
An athlete, but never a gifted one, Jim has had to work hard and remain disciplined in continuously learning how to live a healthy life.
The process started when he moved to Crested Butte, CO and began to run, hike, bike, climb and ski. He grew exponentially when he moved to Missoula, MT and learned the balance of diet and
exercise. Now, as he continues to learn and grow, Jim is the guy who loves the adventure of accomplishing big things; it’s what keeps him going.
Whether it’s climbing 14ers in Colorado, deep-sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean, running the most insane marathons, or flying airplanes all over the USA, Jim is the guy who thrives when he’s doing
the remarkable. When he saw the RAUSA, there was no way he could pass up the chance!
Linda Mazenko – California, USA
My name is Linda Mazenko. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 28 years.
We have two wonderful sons, ages 23 and 25.
My three passions in life are helping adults with special needs find employment, health and fitness and RUNNING. My love for running influences all aspects of my life and I have learned to
appreciate the many blessings that I have encountered along the way. As a runner on the core team for the Race Across USA, I hope to help educate, entertain, encourage and motivate young kids
across the United States to become physically fit.
George Myers – Kansas, USA
George is the 42 year old father of four children and soon to be step father of four more.
He is the Director of Logistics & Operations for Numana Inc, a humanitarian
organization that sends food into impoverished school systems and orphanages throughout the world.
George ran his first 5K in 2007 and immediately felt challenged to run a half marathon. Since then he has competed in marathons, triathlons, and ultra marathons of various distances. George’s
passions are running, spending time with family, meeting new friends, and gardening.
Yukimitsu Taguchi – Japan
Kon’nichiwa! My name is Yukimitsu Taguchi. I live in Yokohoma, Japan, which is just outside of Tokyo. I am an ultrarunner and have run more than a hundred ultra events.
The furthest that I have run is 3,000 km (or 1,800 miles) over 30 days when I ran the Trans Japan in 2010. The most memorable run was the Trans Tohoku in 2011 to help raise funds for Tohoku
Earthquake victims. I have also run many other races such as the Western States (100 miles), the Spartathon (245 km) and the UTMB 2010. I have completed the Hagi (250 km) eight times. I want to
be a runner without limits. I am from different culture and country. But, if I can inspire one person, this will be my testimony of my life.
Stacy Trosine – Washington, USA
Stacy Trosine is in the United States Air Force, works in Logistics and lives in Spokane WA. She has been in the military since February 1997 and has deployed 7 times. On her first deployment to
Afghanistan in 2008, she met a marathon runner, became inspired by her and trained to run her first 10-mile race while over there.
Once Stacy came back home, she continued to run and ran her first marathon in 2009 and hasn’t stopped. In June of 2013, she decided to take the leap and started running ultra-marathons; she just
completed her first 50 mile race, Le Grizz. Stacy mentors ½ marathoner and marathons for Fleet Feet in Spokane. She has two children, Noah 15 and Katelyn 11, and when Stacy is training/running,
they help to crew her and ensure that she has all the nutrition that she needs and they ride their bikes along the side of her.
Darren Van Soye – California, USA
I started running in 2005 after our family doctor challenged me to get a minimum of 45 minutes of exercise, three times a week. After getting a bit stronger, I signed up for my first race — a
half marathon in early 2006, which I ran with our oldest daughter, Lauren.
Even though I publicly stated that running a marathon was “insane” I ran a marathon race later that year. I took up swimming and biking and I next signed up and finished a Half Ironman in 2008
followed by a Full Ironman in 2009. While I enjoyed the challenge of triathlons, I found myself dreaming about longer running events. In quick succession, I completed a 50-mile trail event and a
100K (62 mile) race.
It was at this point that I worked on creating a new 100-mile event with Kara Lubin, the founder of the 100 Mile Club®. In 2010 we invited other runners to participate in the first 100-Mile
Endurance Challenge Ultramarathon and raised $7,000 for the 100 Mile Club. In March 2011, we created another ultra event – the Run for Kids 24-Hour Ultramarathon. This event raised another $7,000
for the 100 Mile Club®. I simply loved the idea that I could challenge myself physically to run these races and raise money for such a worthy charity at the same time. My imagination turned to
how we could take the message of the 100 Mile Club® across the country. This was the genesis of the Race Across USA.