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Renee Atkinson

Hometown: San Angelo, Texas
Favorite Running Distance: 26.2 miles
Favorite Hobby: Playing video games
Favorite Running Shoe: Saucony Triumph ISO
Bio: Hello, I'm Renee. I'm currently studying Community/Public Health at UCO. When I'm not running, I'm busy being a full-time student and part time employee at Red Coyote.

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Ryan Bagget

Hometown: Ash Grove, Missouri
Favorite Running Distance: I’ve done a full marathon, but really love half marathons (less training and all the fun)!
Favorite Hobby: When I’m not running, I love spending time with my family and cooking new recipes
Favorite Running Shoe: I’ve been running in Newton brand shoes since 2013, and they have always carried me across the finish line.
Bio: I have two little girls who keep me running even when I’m not actually training! I’m a Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. My passion is helping people balance their nutrition with their activity to reach their own personal health and training goals. I’m thankful Red Coyote is such a strong supporter of health and allows me to see clients at the OKC store.

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Kathy Barkocy

Hometown: Huntington, Connecticut
Favorite Running Distance: Full marathon, I also enjoy triathlons
Favorite Hobby: Gardening and wine
Favorite Running Shoe: Newton Distance
Bio: My family consists of 8 children and 6 grandchildren. 2 dogs, one rabbit and 17 hens. I ran in high school on a boys’ team because there wasn't a girls’ team. I attended college in New London Ct and Johnson State in Vermont with 2 winter semesters in University of Mayguez Puerto Rico My degree is marine biology. I teach kinesiology as an adjunct at SNU. I have run 11 full marathons and 5 half marathons. I've done Redman Ironman distance full as a team and half by myself. Qualified for Boston and was accepted 3 times. I ran Boston twice. I love to travel so that will be incorporated into my future races.

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Gena Barnhill

Hometown: Fairview, Oklahoma
Favorite Running Distance: Half Marathon
Favorite Hobby: Ice Skating and Netflix Marathons
Favorite Running Shoe: Asics Gel Kayano
Bio: Born in Korea, raised in Oklahoma, I am a proud Sooner alum. When I am not molding young minds as a teacher, I can usually be found with family or running with friends. Whether a student or an adult, I love helping people reach their goals, and working at Red Coyote allows me to assist others do just that.

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Jeff Beck

Hometown: Fairport, New York
Favorite Running Distance: Steeplechase, 5k, Half Marathon
Favorite Hobby: Coaching Running, and hanging out with my family, and being outdoors
Favorite Running Shoe: Favorite of old is the Nike Zoom Elite 4, Current is Hoka Clayton
Bio: Everything to do with running is a huge part of my life, it has given me best friends and taken me on journeys across the country that I never could have imagined. I love working at Red Coyote because it allows me to hear everyone’s running stories. Listening to how people started running or their most recent race result never gets old because no two people have the same story. It is only fitting that I met my wife while working at Red Coyote, and we have a beautiful 1 year old daughter together.

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Jeffery Cooper

Hometown: Blytheville, Arkansas
Favorite Running Distance: 10 miles
Favorite Hobby: Reading, playing with my dogs, and Hanging out with friends
Favorite Running Shoe: Brooks Adrenaline
Bio: I was hired by the Red Coyote in February 2012 to coach the Newbie/5k training program. In the fall of 2013 I started the 10k training program, and in the spring of 2014 the Half and Full Marathon training program. From February 2012 - December 2016 I have coached 16 training programs; Red Coyote programs have impacted the lives of over 2,000 runners (of which 64% have taken 2-10 classes with us). One of the MOST REWARDING things I get to do is help people accomplish something they once thought impossible. "It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside your that wants to quit," ~ George Sheehan.

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Maggie Elder

Hometown: Mustang, Oklahoma
Favorite Running Distance: 5 miles
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Favorite Running Shoe: Brooks Adrenaline or Wave Inspire
Bio: When I'm not at red coyote I'm volunteering at my kid’s school and selling real estate. I enjoy spending time with my family and our two dogs, vacationing and hiking!

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Sarah Fish

Hometown: Chestertown, Maryland
Favorite Running Distance: 5-8 miles
Favorite Hobby: Traveling, swimming, arts and crafts
Favorite Running Shoe: Go to shoe Brooks Ghost, currently enjoying my new Hoka Bondi
Bio: I moved to Oklahoma City the summer of 2015 from North Carolina. My full-time job is a high school art teacher. I've always enjoyed exercising but didn't start running until finding out about RC Pack Pint Run. I'd considered myself more of a tortoise than a hare.

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John Gignac

Hometown: Boone, North Carolina
Favorite Running Distance: 800m-100miles
Favorite Hobby: Hiking, Photography, Movies, and Beer
Favorite Running Shoe: ASICS Gel-Kayano
Bio: I'm an Eagle Scout and a hype man. I love meeting new people, and I wish I knew everyone in the world on a first name basis. I enjoy the great outdoors, and I'm currently trying to run a marathon in every state.

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Ginger Griffin

Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
Favorite Running Distance: 10K
Favorite Hobby: Spending time with my family, Hiking, kayaking, pretty much anything outside. I also enjoy watching Thunder, and Oklahoma Basketball; and Oklahoma Football.
Favorite Running Shoe: Currently New Balance 1080
Bio: I grew up in Del City, Ok but have lived in Edmond for the last 26 years. I was married shortly after high school and have two beautiful daughters. Through life and raising my family I had lost my love for the sports that I once was so involved in. In an effort to be healthier for myself and my family I overcame my fear of participating in running races where I was constantly thinking I wasn't fast enough to participate. I started training and over time I was able to drop approximately 80lbs from my frame. I fell in love with the sport realizing I didn't have to be the fastest out there, it's not about that to me it's about doing the best I can for myself, living a healthier life, and being a positive role model for my family.

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Cindy Hibbs

Hometown: Hiawatha, Kansas
Favorite Running Distance: 10-13 miles
Favorite Hobby: running, weightlifting, and crocheting blankets
Favorite Running Shoe: Nike Elites
Bio: I have lived in Kansas my whole life until 2015 when we moved here for my husband's job. I met my husband at Kansas State University and we have been together for over 20 years. We have two teenage daughters and a 7-year-old chocolate Labrador.

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Josh Lacan

Hometown: Garrettsville, Ohio
Favorite Running Distance: The marathon. I hate it and love it at the same time
Favorite Hobby: Spending time with my two crazy kids
Favorite Running Shoe: The Hokas. I like several ones but usually a Hoka is on my feet.
Bio: I have been running since I was in 7th grade. I went to college for middle childhood education where I then taught 1st grade for 5 years. I went to my 1st specialty running store when I was in college and loved the atmosphere and the idea of helping others to promote a healthy lifestyle and to reach goals that never seemed imaginable. I started working at Red Coyote as my part time fun job due to when I wasn't teaching I was running or reading about running. That summer I was asked to come on as the Assistant Manager and Trainer and am now the Store Manager of the OKC branch.

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Jon Perkins

Hometown: Moore, Oklahoma
Favorite Running Distance: I LOVE a good ol’ 400m
Favorite Hobby: When I’m not running, you can find me being a photographer
Favorite Running Shoe: My favorite running shoes are Nike Zoom Elite’s
Bio:Running is one of my favorite things to do, besides photography. Running has introduced me to some of the best people I know, it’s a great way to make friends! When I’m not running, taking pictures, or working, I love to travel and explore new places. There’s not much to me, I’m as easy going as it gets.

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Mike Sullivan

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
Favorite Running Distance: 100 miles … although since I’ve only done that once any ultra-distance is my favorite.
Favorite Hobby: Spending time with my wife.
Favorite Running Shoe: I’m sentimental to the original Kinvara since it was the first shoe I bought from Red Coyote and I ran my first long distance races in it. But these days it seems to be Hoka because of the excellent cushioning.
Bio: In my full-time world I’m the Chief Deputy in the Oklahoma County Court Clerk’s Office. Being part of the Red Coyote Family means the world to me because it allows me to stay connected to my running friends and encourage new runners to keep coming back to our weekly events. Running is its own reward, but the connections and friendships we develop help us through the inevitable challenges that running will bring. Seeing those relationships grow as individuals have more and more success as runners is awesome.

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Hunter Swink

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Favorite Running Distance: 800 Meters
Favorite Hobby: Hanging out with my friends, hiking, playing with all of my animals, and playing video games.
Favorite Running Shoe:GT-2000 from ASICS
Bio: My dad is a high-school cross country and track coach so he started me running early on in life. Even though I have a lot of sibling’s I am the only one to fall in love with running. On my journey to find running I did try every other sport there is, however I noticed that what made me good at other sports was the part where you run. So, I stuck with running, I ran in College at Oklahoma City University and I now am an assistant manager at a running store. It is amazing to share with others the passion I have for running and I hope to inspire others to feel the same way.

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Steve Thomas

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Favorite Running Distance: 5K
Favorite Hobby: Outside of running is triathlons, hiking, shooting. Anything outdoors.
Favorite Running Shoe: Hoka Vanquish
Bio: I was born on campus at Oklahoma State University, raised in Midwest City Oklahoma and live in Oklahoma City. I am married to a wonderful woman that not only tolerates my running habit, but enjoys It with me. We have four kids and four grandkids between us. I have a degree in Health and Physical Fitness. I have been lucky enough to be a lifetime athlete and learned the habit from my father who at 84 is still a lifetime athlete. My wife and I love to travel and lucky enough to get to. I have competed in many sports over the years but running has been the constant. Running empties your mid and fills your soul.