Suzanne Ray

I have been running joyfully for over 40 years, whether facing snow and darkness in Alaska, crazy heat with my daughters in Las Vegas, or rain in the early mornings in Oregon, where I now live. Though I’m a two time Olympic marathon trials qualifier, I find my greatest satisfaction in helping others become life-long runners. I value running for more than just its health benefits. Running has provided me with wonderful friends, good mental health, and a reason to be outdoors every day.

I have had the privilege of sharing my joy in running with athletes of every age. My coaching experience includes 5 years at Bethel University, where I built a team of 5 to a team of 30; 7 years at Grace Christian HS, where I started a program that was later profiled in Runner’s World because of its many years of championship running; 5 years with the Exceed Women’s Team, which grew from about 35 members to almost a hundred during my years as coach; and 4 years at Scenic Middle School, where I teach and continue to coach both XC and track.

Besides being grateful for my many coaching opportunities, I’m also thankful for my longevity as a competitor. I was Runners’ World’s masters’ runner of the year in 1995, and have consistently been nationally ranked as an age-group runner since then. I continues to be competitive in my 60’s, and was the USATF Grand Prix 65-69 age group winner in 2018. I set a world age group record.

My Best Race times:

5K 17:11

10K 34:54

10 miles 58:00

Half Marathon 1:18:00

Marathon 2:40:54

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