Erin Clark // @eeclark3
Fourth year medical student and up-and-coming runner all in one! Erin played collegiate lacrosse for Cal Poly where she was team captain, all-league midfielder, and voted Most Inspirational Player. She picked up running after graduating in 2015 and in this year alone has set PR’s in everything from the mile to the 50k! Working with a coach for just over one year, Erin is a perfect example of what can happen when the right support is in place. We are excited to watch her grow into her potential! Erin has goals to qualify for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon, and she keeps getting closer each time she races. In the 2018 Boston Marathon, Erin battled through the inclement weather to cross the line in a time of 3:01. At the 2018 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon she dropped another 7 minutes off her time to run 2:54.
Fun Fact: during her senior lacrosse season, Erin got the most yellow cards of any player in the league!
Top 100 female in the 2018 Boston Marathon
3rd at the 2018 USATF North Carolina 5k Championships
2016 & 2017 Mill Chill 4-Mile Winner
2nd at the 2018 Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon
Oiselle Voleé Team Member
Andie Cozzarelli // @run4acozz
Former engineer turned real estate appraiser, Andie is a semi-professional distance runner for Oiselle (Haute Volee Elite Athlete), Jasyoga, InsideTracker, and Generation UCAN. In 2015, Andie set big PR’s in the half marathon (1:12:50) to qualify for the 2016 US Olympic Trials Marathon. In 2016 she also won her debut marathon at the Indy Monumental Marathon in a time of 2:38:47. This year she made a big career change to further pursue her passion for running and her stewardship within the Raleigh running community. Andie raced the 2018 Indy Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis, narrowly missing the OTB B standard by 2 minutes. Her big goal is to snag the A-Standard for the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon and will be chasing that goal in the spring of 2019.
Fun Fact: Andie used to eat fruity pebbles before every race and never misses a meal.
2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier
2016 Winner of the Indy Monumental Marathon
Inducted into Apex High School’s Hall of Fame
2015 USATF-NC Long Distance Series Champion
2x10k All-American in collegiate running at NC State
2012 Female Athlete of the Year at NC State
Rita Dorry // @rita_b_dorry
Wannabe collegiate baller who left the sport after a sidelining injury, turned to running while in college and kept it going to minimize stress while in law school. Rita is currently rising the ranks with an impressive number of career wins in local triangle races. With a preference for long distance, Rita is focusing on the marathon and has a goal of qualifying for the US Olympic Trials Marathon in 2020. We think the Raleigh Distance Project is just what Rita needs to reach to the next level! Rita ran a huge PR at the 2018 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon with a time of 2:53.
Fun Fact: She won the Krispy Kreme Challenge by eating 12 doughnuts & running 5 miles under 37 minutes.
2017 Keep Raleigh Independent Winner
2017 Holden Beach Half Winner
3 time SAS 5K Champ
4 time Cary Road Race 10k Champ
4th Female Rock n Roll Raleigh 13.1
Sammy George // @sammyxc1994
Sammy graduated from NC State in the spring of 2017 after a successful collegiate career. Sammy is an inspiration for us all and a great role model for runners of all ages. A local star, Sammy grew up in Raleigh and made a name for herself as a top performer with 4 State titles in the 1600. While at NC State, she furthered her success with a 5k PR of 15:51 and the 5th fastest 1500m time in school history. Sammy is just getting started in her post-collegiate campaign where she plans to focus on indoor and outdoor track in the 1500 and 5k. Her goals include qualifying to the US National Track and Field Championships and in 2020 to qualify for the Olympic trials in the 5k.
Fun Fact: Sammy is currently studying to become a certified Health Coach.
All American and school record holder in the DMR
Top 5 1500 time in NC State’s history (4:16:46)
Key runner in NC State’s 15th place finish at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships
2015 Regional Qualifier in the 1500 & 5k
Winner of the Jailbreak 5k and Music City Distance Carnival 5000m in spring 2018
Kim (Ruck) Maloney // @krmaloney18
Kim moved to North Carolina in 2018 after a highlighted career with the Greenville Track Club in South Carolina. Kim graduated from Clemson University in 2011, leaving with 2 ACC titles and multiple NCAA championship appearances. After a successful career at Clemson, Kimberly continued her education at the University of South Carolina and then decided to continue her running career with the GTC elite group. After taking a short break from competitive long distance running, Kim has decided to continue competing with RDP while working full time in Chapel Hill. With personal bests like a 16:01 5k and a 33:16 10k, Kim has goals on the horizon to compete at the national and world level.
Fun Fact: Kim has two large hound dogs that sleep in the bed with her every night.
ACC champion in the indoor 5k in 2010
ACC champion in 10k in 2011
3 time NCAA qualifier
USA 10k championship participant in 2011
Tristin Van Ord // @tristinvanord
Our mountaineer from Appalachian State University, Tristin gave up her early soccer career to become a runner and it paid off. She may be a native of Chapel Hill, NC but we’ve put that aside because this girl kicks butt. While at App State she was named female athlete of the year and was nominated for 2017 NCAA Woman of the year. She holds the 10k record at App State and was a 9x Sun Belt Conference Champ in multiple events including the 3k, 5k, & 10k. She started her post-collegiate season with a 10-mile road race (her first and longest road race) and placed as the 3rd American finisher and top 10 overall. Tristin competed in the 2018 USATF half marathon championships for her second half marathon ever and crossed the line in 12th place overall with a time of 1:15:44. Tristin will run her debut marathon in the spring of 2019.
Fun Fact: She's obsessed with her Australian Shepherd pup and loves bluegrass music, but not country pop.
3x NCAA Preliminary Track & Field East Regional Qualifier
All Region in the NCAA Southeast XC Championships in 2015 & 2016
9x Sun Belt Conference Individual Champion in events including 3k, 5k & 10k
Appalachian State Female Athlete of the Year in 2016
3rd American and 9th overall at the Genworth VA 10-miler
12th overall at USATF Half Marathon Championships in 2018
These women will always have a place with RDP!
Although they are no longer part of the competitive roster, these women have had important roles in helping with the growth and success of the Raleigh Distance Project.