We’re excited to introduce you to all our J&A Ambassadors through our new summer series. Each week we’ll be highlighting one of our awesome J&A Ambassadors and getting to hear about their running journeys, favorite races, how they stay motivated and lots more!
Meet Ambassador Erin Marsh
How did you get into running/how long have you been running?
I got into running seriously during my senior year of college, so about 7 years ago. I played D2 volleyball in college, so running at that time was seen more as a form of punishment. Once I completed my senior season, I started training for my first half marathon – Yuengling Shamrock! I quickly fell in love with running, and my whole mindset changed! I fell in love with race day, the running community, and the excitement of training for, and accomplishing a new goal.
What was the first J&A race you ever did/favorite J&A event?
My first J&A race was Yuengling Shamrock 2017 – the year of fantastic weather! The half that year was probably my favorite race because it was the first half I had ever completed without having to walk and in pretty tough conditions. I got to run with my dad and dedicated this race to a dear friend of ours who passed shortly before Yuengling Shamrock weekend.
What are some of your favorite running-related products?
Brooks shoes have always been my favorite for long runs – currently wearing the Adrenaline GTS 20 and love them! Gu and Nuun are my favorite electrolyte replacements for pre-run and during runs. My Nathan pack is also an essential for longer runs/race day!
What advice would you give to a new runner?
Celebrate any and all accomplishments, not just on race day. Even though running is a “solo sport”, the best part of running is the community, so get involved! When first starting out, I recommend following a running guide, or joining a running group to learn how to safely and efficiently increase your mileage or speed! Lastly – hydrate!!
Why do you love being a J&A Ambassador?
This experience has been such a blessing. I love all of my fellow J&A Ambassadors and the friendships I have built. From working the race hubs to completing high ropes courses, this group knows how to have fun!
I love getting to be a part of an organization that is so community-focused. Getting to meet race participants from all over the country, hear their stories and accomplishments, and celebrate with them pre- and post-race is so impactful and inspiring for me. I can’t say enough how much I have enjoyed representing this group and am so excited for the 2023-2024 race season!
Other things we should know about you!
I am a huge animal lover – my German Shepard is one of my favorite running partners! Also, I am training for my first full marathon next year (Yuengling Shamrock 2024)!