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 Hallucination 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.


Chris Skelton


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

Erika Ferraco

Sponsorship Director

Erika is a runner who enjoys the sport as a way to unplug. She leaves her cell phone, music and worries at home while she enjoys the jaw-dropping scenery of Colorado. She believes that running is as good for the soul as it is for the heart. She started running in her early 30s and now enjoys it as part of an overall fitness regimen that includes cycling, yoga and snowshoeing. Her background is in Public Relations. She has a knack for writing and specializes in creating sponsor relationships. Cooking, reading and traveling are a few of her favorite things.

Favorite race: The Great Candy Run 2015. It was the first race I did after more than a year of cancer treatment. To be back at running and finishing a race felt amazing.

Worst race: The Platte River Half Marathon. It was my first half marathon, and I hadn’t lived in Colorado for very long. I was not acclimated to the altitude. I thought it would never end. I have since done several half marathons and love the distance!

Favorite food: If you asked my family, they’d say soup and apples. Pretty accurate. I am not picky about types of food but am very picky about quality of food.

Favorite vacation spot: Just one? International – Buenos Aires, Argentina. Beach – Aruba. Mountains – Telluride. I think that wherever I’m headed next is my very favorite. So for now, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

What I like about running: All I need is my shoes on my feet and a smile on my face, and I can go anywhere!

Favorite Muppet: Animal, because he’s Animal and he’s awesome.

Laura Schweizer Producer

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago ate out and shopped. When I moved to Colorado, I challenged myself to try something new. For the first few years, I lived in Durango. From rock climbing to skydiving, snowmobiling to white water rafting, I learned that you can take on anything. Now that I’ve moved to Denver, I’m challenging myself to something new. I am excited to start training for my first half marathon! With the expertise ofRunning Denver, plus inspiring fellow runners: I know I’m in good hands. Follow me on my journey from Couch to Half Marathon here on Running Denver TV.

Favorite Race and why:
I don’t have either, yet, which is the most exciting part!

Favorite Food:
Pizza. Of course.

Favorite Vacation spot:
If I told you, I would have to kill you. 😉

What I like about Running:
It’s meditative. You can forget every thought, worry, and idea  through music and movement.

Favorite Muppet:
Miss Piggy. She’s pink and sassy.