2017 Ambassador Program

The U.S. Bank OC Marathon Ambassador Program

 “Throughout human history, one of the most prominent roles of the great distance runners was that of messengers.” 
Spread the word today about the amazing things we have to offer at The U.S. Bank OC Marathon as our messenger!!  


The U.S. Bank OC Marathon is looking for fun and passionate runners and walkers who are actively engaged in their running and/or professional communities to spread the word about The U.S. Bank OC Marathon and related events as ambassadors. An ideal OC Marathon Ambassador is a person who acts as a voluntary promoter of the U.S. Bank OC Marathon in exchange for VIP treatment and special perks throughout the U.S. Bank OC Marathon season. If you love running, and you love the U.S. Bank OC Marathon events, then the U.S. Bank OC Marathon Ambassador Program is perfect for you!  

 The application below is open to the public to apply for 1 year as an U.S. Bank OC Marathon Ambassador during the 2017 recruitment season for the U.S. Bank OC Marathon, Half Marathon, and or Wahoo's OC 5k. Because the U.S. Bank OC Marathon is constantly growing and changing we will ask you to reapply as an ambassador during the 2017 season. Please review the application below and turn it in online by July 20, 2016.  If selected as an ambassador you will be notified by July 25, 2016 .  If you have additional questions, please email Kelsey@ocmarathon.com.

 **Please note that ambassadors we will not subsidize travel or training expenses or issue payments of any kind to our ambassador team. The U.S. Bank OC Marathon reserves the right to approve or deny you as an ambassador for any reason or no reason at all.  The U.S. Bank OC Marathon also reserves the right to terminate an ambassador at any time during the U.S. Bank OC Marathon recruitment season for any reason or no reason at all. 

Program Details

  • -Runner must have participated at least 1 U.S. Bank OC Marathon Event in the past 5 years.
  • -Runner must be committed to promoting the U.S. Bank OC Marathon and its related events throughout the U.S. Bank OC Marathon Recruitment period which includes distributing flyers, posting on social media pages (1x per week), and answering questions about the U.S. Bank OC Marathon when prompted among your own running community. 
  • -If local, the ideal candidate would be available to help and participate in U.S. Bank OC Marathon Meet-Up Events, shifts at other expo events, or race weekend shifts.  (Should be able to commit to 2 volunteer shifts as they become available).
  • -Runner must commit to participation in a 2017 U.S. Bank OC Marathon event and write a review on their experience at the event.  

Benefits and Giveaways 

How it works -- 

The OC Marathon will include the Ambassador’s name during the registration process as an option for “How did you hear about the event?”  A point system will reward ambassadors with points based on how many registrations mention the name of the OC Marathon. What you should do – Write in your blog, on your Facebook, on your other social media pages about the OC Marathon and tell your followers to say they heard about the OC Marathon through you while registering.  Earn incentives as more runners register because they heard about the race from you! Please note that although The OC Marathon may distribute registration codes to OC Marathon Ambassadors, the OC Marathon Ambassador Program is not based on distribution of discount codes. 

Point System: 

5 Registrations/Points:   Free Entry to the U.S. Bank OC Marathon, Half Marathon, and or Wahoo’s OC 5k, Website profile on the U.S. Bank OC Marathon Website which can include a link to your personal website, blog, or social media pages and Access to OC Marathon Facebook Ambassador Group where ambassadors can share insider information about the OC Marathon, ideas for promotion, training tips and more! 

10 Registrations: Benefits of 5 Registrations plus: Special additional OC Marathon Ambassador gear, AND Potential for additional perks as they become available throughout the U.S. Bank OC Marathon recruitment season. 

15 Registrations: Benefits of 10 Registrations plus: Access to VIP Pre-Race Reception, and VIP Race Day tent!

15 Registrations ++: For registrations over 15, ambassadors will receive all previously mentioned benefits and have opportunity to make $5.00 cash back per OC Marathon Registration application up to $500.00.

2016 Ambassador Team


Meet our 2017 US Bank Ambassadors



Maria Crawford

Hometown: Pasadena, CA


Maria is inspired by her children to live a healthier life. She started her running career in March 2012 when she joined a local running group and finished her first 5K race, and then went on to complete her first marathon in 2013. Maria enjoys spending time with her family as well as the opportunity to socialize with other runners and hikers. Maria also strives to support like-minded individuals or those struggling with body image issues, while celebrating others’ health and endurance milestones. Maria looks forward to the support of the pacers during the race and post-race hugs at the US Bank OC Marathon.





Cindy Carlson

Hometown: Cerritos, CA


As a busy mom of three and a high school math teacher, Cindy finds running a form of therapy. She enjoys the camaraderie of the running community where has the opportunity to meet many new friends while being active outside. Cindy is a member of Moms Run This Town and has run the OC Marathon every year since 2010. Her favorite part of running is encouraging new runners or helping veteran runners advance to the longer races, because she loves to help others achieve their goals. Check out her personal blog at wearethecarlsons.blogspot.com.






Rebecca Tankersley

Hometown: Laguna Hills, CA


Becca comes up with her best ideas while running, and also loves that running helps her stay in shape and see new places. She works for the Girl Scouts of Orange County as a role model for young girls and encourages them to live healthy lifestyles and get moving. Rebecca’s favorite part about the US Bank OC Marathon is the beautiful, yet perfectly challenging course! The race also takes place at her favorite time of the year. Check out her personal website at http://watchbeccarun14.blogspot.com/.






Cordelia Stark

Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA



Cordelia loves to run as a stress reliever and enjoys the camaraderie of the sport. Running keeps her inspired and in shape at the same time. Her favorite part of the race is the beautiful course and the challenging hills. Cordelia has watched this race grow and loves running it with her friends every year. While she loves the US Bank OC Marathon, she also loves the Beach Cities Challenge and the Double Dog Dare medal!




Samantha Bruce

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA


Samantha has found many friends and support through the running community and feels that they have pushed her farther in her running. While teaching bootcamp classes, she often encourages her participants to bring their children to class so families can work out together and practice a fit lifestyle for the whole family! The US Bank OC Marathon is a personal favorite race of Samantha’s because the course is one of the prettiest she has ever ran. Check out Samantha’s personal website at www.planksandplanes.com.





Cindy Jenkins

Hometown: Orange, CA


Cindy is very grateful for the sport of running and she loves to spread the word on her blog www.thepricklypearl.com. Running keeps her happy and healthy, while giving her a chance to enjoy the outdoors.  Cindy loves the US Bank OC Marathon as it is a hometown event and so holds a special place in her heart. Cindy loves being a part of the running community and enjoys sharing her experiences with her niece and nephew.



Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/thepricklypearl/



Adrian Mauricio
Tustin, CA


As a member of running clubs around the Orange County area, Adrian has found a community of friends and supporters. He finds running as a way to stay active and healthy and a sport that challenges him to push his limits. The OC Marathon is special to Adrian because it was his first full marathon. Adrian was even a pacer for the half marathon last year. His favorite part of the US Bank OC Marathon is the familiarity of the course—he says he feels as if he’s running through his own backyard. Check out his personal website at www.iwantmaur.com.






Charlotte Cochran

Hometown: Long Beach, CA


As a busy mom and middle school teacher, Charlotte loves starting her day with the “runner’s high” and thinks of running as “me time.” The US Bank OC Marathon was her first full marathon and has also seen her best finish time! Charlotte not only loves the US Bank OC Marathon, but loves to encourage others to participate in this memorable race. Check out Charlotte’s personal website at https://ccclbc.wordpress.com.





Natalia Winter

Hometown: Irvine, CA


As president of Miniondas & Farandula USA and a member of various running clubs and networks, including Moms Run This Town, Natalia finds running a perfect opportunity for a social healthy happy hour with friends. Natalia also has her own Facebook running page, Run Love Winspire which you can find herehttps://www.facebook.com/runlovewinspire. As a Legacy runner at the US Bank OC Marathon, Natalia loves the course, the volunteers, and the well-run organization of the event.




Nikkie Gaytan

Hometown: Ontario, CA


Nikkie finds running as a way to clear her head and reach new goals, whether that is a PR or to run a race in all 50 states! Nikkie loves the continuing challenge of the sport, and believes, “There is literally no limit so you can continue to hit goals and make new ones without getting bored.” The OC Marathon Wahoo’s 5k was one of her first races and Nikkie has continued to participate in the US Bank OC Marathon ever since. Check out her personal blog at www.nikeegee.run






Timothy Wilson

Hometown: Vista, CA


Tim loves to run on the beach and enjoys the fun competition of the sport. He is also the manager of the LAGalaxy SD Soccer team and strives to show his players that running is not a punishment, but is fun. While Tim does not live in Orange County anymore, he still considers the US Bank OC Marathon his hometown race as this his is 9th time running it. Tim says, “I just want to give back to the race that has meant so much to me.”






Iyob Tessema

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA


Iyob has been consistently running for 11 years and finds that running keeps the mind, body, and spirit well. As a running coach, he believes that running is a naturally healthy outlet and a way for him to contribute to his community. Iyob is a Founding Legacy Runner and loves being an ambassador so that he can help further promote the organization.



Jason Beitdashtoo

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA


Jason loves running as a fun excuse to travel and explore new places, while staying active and fit. Ironically, Jason used to hate running growing up, but he has since grown to love the sport. The US Bank OC Marathon was his first half marathon and the race remains memorable to him as he has since taken a half hour off his finish time. Jason hopes to encourage others to start running and complete their first half marathon too.







Marlon Barcelona

Hometown: Placentia, CA


As a junior high teacher, Marlon finds running an effective way to deal with stress and maintain a healthier body! Through participating with various running groups in Orange County and Los Angeles, Marlon has developed a support system and good friends. Marlon’s favorite parts of the US Bank OC Marathon are the support and cheering from the locals throughout the race. Check out Marlon’s personal website at http://meinthebalance.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marlon.barcelona

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meinthebalance

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/marlonbarcelona

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/meinthebalance


Ivie Hasegawa

Hometown: Lakewood, CA


Ivie uses running to stay in shape and to promote heal and wellness in her home and community. Ivie recovered from an injury in which she was told she would never be able to run again, and now says running makes her feel like she is doing the impossible. The US Bank OC Marathon was Ivie’s first marathon, a feat she could have never imagined accomplishing in a million years. Ivie’s PR was also accomplished at last year’s OC Marathon and she hopes to come back this year and “crush it.” Check out her personal blog here: www.ivieandaj.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivieanne

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ivieanne

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ivieanne

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ivieanne


Danielle Sarna

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA


Danielle loves to run because it allows her to test her limits and be outside with nature. She works in the field of behavior analysis with children diagnosed with developmental delays and tries to incorporate physical activity into their sessions. She believes physical activity is crucial to one’s wellbeing and while the US Bank OC Marathon was the first race she completed beyond a 5K, she now runs ultra-marathons, including 100 mile races around Southern California.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielle.sarna

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dsarna/


David Hankle

Hometown: Vista, CA


Dave, a Marine Officer, began pursuing running as a sport while in preparation to graduate beyond the enlisted ranks. He loves the challenge, the stories he hears from other runners, but most importantly, the humility he gains from running. Dave believes the dynamic of a community of individuals personally challenging themselves fosters a great atmosphere and a humbling opportunity. Dave especially enjoys the US Bank OC Marathon because it was his first race and he enjoys the strong show of support from the community.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dave.hankle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ROKRunner

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ROKRunner



Francesca Longoria

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA


Francesca strives to live a healthier life style through running and to inspire others to do the same. She believes that daily exercise is vital and hopes to share this lifestyle with others in her community. Francesca works for a school district and participates in running events with the students whenever she gets the chance. Francesca loves the US Bank OC Marathon because of the huge participation of families, whether they’re running together or cheering each other on.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/francesca.longoria.3

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meetmeatthefinishline


Jacob Abrego

Hometown: Long Beach, CA


Jacob’s motto is: “Fear No Distance!” He runs to push his limits and continue adding to his fantastic collection of race medals and encourages his community to do the same. His favorite races are the Beach Cities Challenges Races because he loves the courses along the beach. He enjoys visiting his local high school and inspiring other people to run and be their best self. Check out his blog here: www.nicerunnerguy97.wordpress.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacob.abrego.37

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicerunnerguy13.1


Jennifer Kowalczyk

Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA


A first grade teacher and running enthusiast, Jennifer the US Bank OC Marathon because she gets to see people do things they never imagined possible. Even if she’s not running the race, you can count on Jennifer to be there cheering on the runners and possibly even handing out Otter Pops on her bike. She wants to inspire her students and others in her community to eat healthy and enjoy the freedom of movement that comes with running. You can check out her blog, here: www.redhairandrunningshoes.blogspot.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.kay.505

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningteacherjen

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/RedHairRunShoes

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jensmyplace



Julie St Cyr

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA


Julie, a volunteer AYSO U8 boys’ soccer coach and mom, takes her kids on runs whenever she gets the chance. She wants to share the feelings of freedom and accomplishing goals that she finds through running with her kids and hopes to inspire others to find that joy. Julie has completed the Beach Cities Challenge three times and credits the beauty of the course as to why the US Bank OC Marathon is her favorite local event.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julie.stcyr.7

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/juleseluj/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/juleseluj

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iheartcrazy/


Robert Manon

Hometown: Chino, CA


A single father of four, Robert runs to keep himself healthy and to clear his head. His kids are all very active in sports and he encourages all of their teammates and parents to join him in running, which is not difficult because he runs a race every week or two, including half marathons to 50Ks. He especially loves the US Bank OC Marathon because of the food, drinks, and dancing at the finish line.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.manon

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rmanon/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/RM_Latino_Heat


Wilmer Cerrato

Hometown: Commerce, CA


Wilmer believes that he was given a second chance to be able to run and is beyond grateful for this opportunity to keep himself healthy and fit while meeting new friends and family. He enjoys running with his Police Cadets at University of Southern California’s Department of Public Safety and volunteering with his alma mater’s running club. Wilmer especially loves the social aspect of running and his favorite part of the race is at the end when he gets to cheer on other finishers. Trying to convince a friend to join you this year? Just have them talk to Wilmer—he’s known for his ability to make anyone smile and sign up for any race.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/STUMPYTHEONE45

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/el_wil4277

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Wilmer_45



Joelle believes running has transformed her life, and cherishes its ability to build personal strength and mental toughness. She is passionate about helping others live a healthy lifestyle, and is on the board of directors for the Girls on the Run Orange County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and charity partner for the OC Marathon dedicated to empowering young girls through running. A health and wellness writer/editor, Joelle is always sharing snapshots of her runs along the gorgeous OC trails on her personal Instagram account:https://www.instagram.com/ohheyjz/.
Joelle believes running has transformed her life, and cherishes its ability to build personal strength and mental toughness. She is passionate about helping others live a healthy lifestyle, and is on the board of directors for the Girls on the Run Orange County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and charity partner for the OC Marathon dedicated to empowering young girls through running. A health and wellness writer/editor, Joelle is always sharing snapshots of her runs along the gorgeous OC trails on her personal Instagram account:https://www.instagram.com/ohheyjz/.
Joelle believes running has transformed her life, and cherishes its ability to build personal strength and mental toughness. She is passionate about helping others live a healthy lifestyle, and is on the board of directors for the Girls on the Run Orange County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and charity partner for the OC Marathon dedicated to empowering young girls through running. A health and wellness writer/editor, Joelle is always sharing snapshots of her runs along the gorgeous OC trails on her personal 

Nani Luculescu

Hometown: Los Alamitos, CA


Nani began racing as a form of therapy after her father passed away and discovered that she was able to accomplish more than she ever expected. Having completed a full marathon and many other races, she has inspired countless other people to run, as well, including her two daughters. She loves being outside in nature and having some solitude on her runs. Nani is also the president of her daughters' softball league and is proud that she has inspired many of the young girls and their parents to run, too. Check out Nani's blog at www.victoriousvixen.com!