THE RUNNING DENVER TEAM

Lonnie Somers

Running Denver Founder
Used to Hate Running, 80’s Music Geek.

I used to hate running, but it changed my life. After a single 5k, my wife and I got the bug to run a marathon.  So we did. OUCH THAT HURT. What I love about RunningDenver is we get to showcase the best of our passion for running. From where and what to run, to the amazing people of all abilities showcased on our site and show.  Today I have 9 marathons, one solo ultra and countless miles under my feet. Running challenges me. It centers me. It calms me.

My most profound experience was that fetal surgery saved my twin daughters. I started a charity 5K and from there, I own Hal Sports, I get to announce and voice many events in Colorado, and across the country. I’m also a board member an officer of Running USA.

Favorite Race: Disney Marathon, because it is the happiest place on earth and it was my wife’s and my first.

Worst race: The Snow Mountain Ranch Marathon near Winter Park. It was summer. It was hot. The worst part was these nagging biting black flies. It was a two lap course and I was pretty shot after lap one. I guess the nagging flies were the reason I made it through the second half. I am still annoyed by them 14 years later.

Favorite vacation spot – Vacation? What is that! Truthfully anywhere I can spend quality time with my family.

 

Michelle Medina

Producer and Host of Running Denver TV

I am a third-generation Colorado Native with be a multi-major in Broadcasting and Communications. My background is in television news. I was a reporter and anchor for the ABC affiliates in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs. I loved being a voice in the community, helping people and was honored to be trusted by many to tell their stories. I left the business to stay home with my kids, since my husband’s career involves a lot of travelling.

Taking journalistic photos is a hobby and talent of mine, much to my son Logan’s dismay. I’m often in the dugout or along the sidelines at his football and baseball games as the team photographer trying to capture that perfect shot. (Of course I have great pics of everyone’s kids but mine.) Now that my boys are teens and one is about to drive I’m thrilled to be back at work as your host and producer for Running Denver TV. I’m excited to be part of this amazing team and bring you inspirational stories.

Favorite race/run ~ Anything that supports a good cause! I wanted to do a Triathlon but failed swim lessons!

Favorite food~ Steak and artichokes

Favorite vacation spot~ I love Turkes and Caicos. The water is so clear and breathtaking.

What you like about running or fitness: Exercise gives you a sense of empowerment and accomplishment for your body.

Chris Skelton

Videographer

Born and raised in California, Chris has always had a love of writing, art and graphics. This led of course to him diving headlong into videography and he started his own blog and YouTube channel in 2014 highlighting critical thinking, science and reason.

Favorite race: Cycling for Cancer – a fun 26K bike ride which raised money to help a lot of people

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite Muppet: Cookie Monster

Serena Sampat

Social Media Director

Serena is a Denver native. She spent her childhood growing up in Aurora, CO and attended high school in Houston, TX. Being a native Coloradan – she just couldn’t wait to get back home to her fresh mountain air! She enrolled at Colorado State University for undergraduate studies and never looked back.

Since then, Serena Sampat, MBA has successfully led marketing strategy and communications for organizations and events such as Centura Health at Home, Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology, the Denver Undy 5000 5K Race, Soup for the Soul, Hike for Hospice and Colorado Healthcare Communicators. She is an award winning event planner. She is certified in Social Media Marketing. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Colorado State University and a master’s degree (MBA) from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is a life-long learner and is continually studying up on all things digital marketing.

Throughout her career, she has developed a passion for working with non-profits, telling stories that motivate people to act, working hard to make fundraising events the best that they can be, and making connections that are positive. In addition to working with HAL Sports, she has a consulting business that helps non-profits, businesses and organizations reach their goals with impactful digital marketing strategy; including social media, website development and content management, SEO, SEM, email marketing, digital design and event marketing. Learn more at www.sweetsociallife.com.