Erin Clark // @eeclark3
Fourth year medical student and up-and-coming runner all in one! Erin played collegiate lacrosse for Cal Poly where she was team captain, all-league midfielder, and voted Most Inspirational Player. She picked up running after graduating in 2015 and in this year alone has set PR’s in everything from the mile to the 50k! Working with a coach for just over one year, Erin is a perfect example of what can happen when the right support is in place. We are excited to watch her grow into her potential! Erin has goals to qualify for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon, and she keeps getting closer each time she races. In the 2018 Boston Marathon, Erin battled through the inclement weather to cross the line in a time of 3:01. At the 2018 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon she dropped another 7 minutes off her time to run 2:54.
Fun Fact: during her senior lacrosse season, Erin got the most yellow cards of any player in the league!
Top 100 female in the 2018 Boston Marathon
3rd at the 2018 USATF North Carolina 5k Championships
2016 & 2017 Mill Chill 4-Mile Winner
2nd at the 2018 Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon
Oiselle Voleé Team Member
Andie Cozzarelli // @run4acozz
Former engineer turned real estate appraiser, Andie is a semi-professional distance runner for Oiselle (Haute Volee Elite Athlete), Jasyoga, InsideTracker, and Generation UCAN. In 2015, Andie set big PR’s in the half marathon (1:12:50) to qualify for the 2016 US Olympic Trials Marathon. In 2016 she also won her debut marathon at the Indy Monumental Marathon in a time of 2:38:47. This year she made a big career change to further pursue her passion for running and her stewardship within the Raleigh running community. Andie raced the 2018 Indy Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis, narrowly missing the OTB B standard by 2 minutes. Her big goal is to snag the A-Standard for the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon and will be chasing that goal in the spring of 2019.
Fun Fact: Andie used to eat fruity pebbles before every race and never misses a meal.
2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier
2016 Winner of the Indy Monumental Marathon
Inducted into Apex High School’s Hall of Fame
2015 USATF-NC Long Distance Series Champion
2x10k All-American in collegiate running at NC State
2012 Female Athlete of the Year at NC State
Rita Dorry // @rita_b_dorry
Wannabe collegiate baller who left the sport after a sidelining injury, turned to running while in college and kept it going to minimize stress while in law school. Rita is currently rising the ranks with an impressive number of career wins in local triangle races. With a preference for long distance, Rita is focusing on the marathon and has a goal of qualifying for the US Olympic Trials Marathon in 2020. We think the Raleigh Distance Project is just what Rita needs to reach to the next level! Rita ran a huge PR at the 2018 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon with a time of 2:53.
Fun Fact: She won the Krispy Kreme Challenge by eating 12 doughnuts & running 5 miles under 37 minutes.
2017 Keep Raleigh Independent Winner
2017 Holden Beach Half Winner
3 time SAS 5K Champ
4 time Cary Road Race 10k Champ
4th Female Rock n Roll Raleigh 13.1
Shari Eberhard // @sharieber_runs
As an engineer at heart, Shari loves to look at times and analysis of paces. She is currently a grad student at NC State studying Industrial & Systems Engineering, having earned her undergrad degree from Purdue University. While at Purdue, she competed on varsity for cross country and track & field, earning multiple Big Ten and Regional appearances. After graduation, Shari found her groove in (much) longer distances and has since competed in 5 marathons and many half marathons. Her favorite distance is the marathon, but don’t underestimate the 0.2 at the end! Shari earned a PR at the 2019 Wrightsville Beach Marathon with a time of 2:49. She has been described as a wind-up toy; set the pace, set her free, and she will keep that constant pace indefinitely. Shari will race at the 2019 Chicago Marathon (home turf) and hopes to qualify for the US Olympic Trials. Shari has immense potential in the marathon and will continue to compete in shorter distances as well.
Fun Fact: In her opinion, the coolest pets are guinea pigs.
2nd at the 2017 Indy Mini – Half Marathon
Top 100 Female in the 2017 Chicago Marathon
Top 100 Female in the the 2018 Boston Marathon
Winner of the 2019 Oak Island Half Marathon
2nd at the 2019 Wrightsville Beach Marathon
Sammy George // @sammyxc1994
Sammy graduated from NC State in the spring of 2017 after a successful collegiate career. Sammy is an inspiration for us all and a great role model for runners of all ages. A local star, Sammy grew up in Raleigh and made a name for herself as a top performer with 4 State titles in the 1600. While at NC State, she furthered her success with a 5k PR of 15:51 and the 5th fastest 1500m time in school history. Sammy is just getting started in her post-collegiate campaign where she plans to focus on indoor and outdoor track in the 1500 and 5k. Her goals include qualifying to the US National Track and Field Championships and in 2020 to qualify for the Olympic trials in the 5k.
Fun Fact: Sammy is currently studying to become a certified Health Coach.
All American and school record holder in the DMR
Top 5 1500 time in NC State’s history (4:16:46)
Key runner in NC State’s 15th place finish at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships
2015 Regional Qualifier in the 1500 & 5k
Winner of the Jailbreak 5k and Music City Distance Carnival 5000m in spring 2018
Kim (Ruck) Maloney // @kimbo.slice18
Kim moved to North Carolina in 2018 after a highlighted career with the Greenville Track Club in South Carolina. Kim graduated from Clemson University in 2011, leaving with 2 ACC titles and multiple NCAA championship appearances. After a successful career at Clemson, Kimberly continued her education at the University of South Carolina and then decided to continue her running career with the GTC elite group. After taking a short break from competitive long distance running, Kim has decided to continue competing with RDP while working full time in Chapel Hill. With personal bests like a 16:01 5k and a 33:16 10k, Kim has goals on the horizon to compete at the national and world level.
Fun Fact: Kim has two large hound dogs that sleep in the bed with her every night.
ACC champion in the indoor 5k in 2010
ACC champion in 10k in 2011
3 time NCAA qualifier
USA 10k championship participant in 2011
Nikki is a Coloradoan who has been running competitively since she won the district mile in 3rd grade! She placed in the top 10 in 10 events at the Colorado State Track and Field Championships throughout her time competing for Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. She then went on to compete for Boston University Track and Field and Cross Country, where she was team captain. During her 5 years at BU, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Post-collegiately, Nikki competed for the Battle Road Track Club out of Boston, where she lowered several of her college PRs. She helped the team earn a 5th place finish at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships in 2015. In 2016, Nikki moved back to Colorado and lived and trained at altitude, and worked at a museum and an archaeology consulting firm. She moved to Raleigh in 2019 to begin a PhD program at NC State in Forensic Anthropology. While at altitude, Nikki was sponsored by Altitude Running, a local running store, and competed unattached. Nikki is eager to return to a team atmosphere!
Fun Fact: Nikki (trailname: wind in the willows) was one of the first 10 people to hike the Oregon Desert Trail (8th to be exact), a 750 mile route from Bend, OR to the Lake Owyhee State Park! She's also hiked the Hayduke Trail, a 812 mile route from Arches National Park to Zion National Park.
Caity is a Northern Virginia native who stumbled into collegiate running after the cross country coach at Roanoke College recruited her to join the cross country team. Already committed to playing soccer at the school in the fall, Caity willingly said she would join the track team in the spring, having never competed in track and field previously. In her freshmen season, Caity fell in love with the sport, the team, and the freedom she felt while running. She found early success, earning a title as the 2014 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Track and Field Rookie of the Year. Caity has been committed to the sport since then, finishing her tenure at Roanoke College as both a cross country and track and field athlete and serving as a team captain for her remaining three years. She earned All-Region honors in both cross country and track and field and finished with two conference titles in the 3000m steeplechase. Since graduating in 2017, Caity has been finding her groove in the longer distances that coaches in organized athletics never let her train for (she has been trying to slip into offseason marathons for many years). She is currently a Master of Public Health student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying to become a Registered Dietitian.
Fun Fact: Caity wore her Yellowstone National Park t-shirt gifted from her grandparents for the mile run every year in elementary school (where she still holds the school record)!
Kate grew up in an Army family where she somehow managed to live in North Carolina for most of her childhood. The structure, organization, and purpose present from a military environment inspired her to follow in her parents' footsteps and attend West Point. Kate ran D1 XC and Track for West Point for 2 years where she could be found in any event from the 400 to the 6k for cross country. By the end of her sophomore year, Kate grew a special appreciation for longer distances and craved returning to the running community she grew up knowing and loving since the 3rd grade. At the start of her junior year, she joined West Point's Marathon team. While balancing cadet life, academics, and marathon training, she qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials in her debut marathon at the VCU Richmond Marathon in a gun time of 2:44:04. Additionally, at the Canada Army Half Marathon, her first half, she led the women's field by over 2 minutes. Kate is now studying Statistics and Global Public Health at NC State and is planning on pursuing her PhD starting in the fall of 2020. Making the decision to transition to road races from D1 athletics has made all the difference in Kate's lifetime of happiness with the sport and has helped her appreciate the purity of running. With the help of these awesome teammates she has her sights set on hitting the A Standard (2:37) in the marathon!
Fun Fact: She loves long walks on the beach...even better she loves to paint (anything but portraits...they all turn out to be Pablo Picasso faces), knit & crochet, Indian food, and cats. Is she the world's youngest grandma? Stay tuned.
Allie grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with her Mom, Dad, and two sisters. She played volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, and swimming as a young girl and loved being active and playing out in the yard. When she got into her sophomore year of high school she found her love for running and decided to join the track team. By the end of her senior year she held the school record in 5 events: 800, 1600, 3200, 5k (cross country), and was a part of the DMR. She decided that she wanted to run in college and walked on to the University of Dayton cross country and track teams. Allie ended up being on the top 25 All-Time list in the 5k and 6k for cross country and was top 5 All-Time in the steeplechase and the 3,000m run. Allie was also an NCAA east regional qualifier in the steeplechase. She earned a Bachelors in Education and Health Sciences where she majored in Pre-Physical Therapy. She now is a student physical therapist at Duke University.
Fun Fact: Allie loves anything to do with coffee and enjoys hiking and bike riding. Allie is also an aunt to two little girls, Isabella, and Anastasia, as well a Godmother to Isabella.
These women will always have a place with RDP!
Although they are no longer part of the competitive roster, these women have had important roles in helping with the growth and success of the Raleigh Distance Project.