Bill Reifsnyder, President
Bill brings over 30 years of running industry experience to the RunHaven team. A former professional runner, he won the 1989 and 1991 National Marathon Championships and still has the third fastest time ever run by an American for 10 miles (46:32). Bill spent five years in Germany working on Global Brand Marketing for Adidas Running, and three years heading up sports marketing for the running category at Adidas America. From the event side, he was the 2010 Executive Director of the National Marathon and Half Marathon in Washington, DC. It is through Bill’s experience as an athlete, a marketer and a race director that RunHaven came to be. He realized that there was something missing in the running world, a true home where runners of all ages and abilities can gather to learn, to be inspired, to be entertained, and to share their passion with fellow runners – a “runner’s haven”.
Gail Hughes, Director of Data Management
Partnering with Bill and RunHaven from its inception, Gail comes from a 25-year background of owning businesses that provide online registration, data management, finish line timing and scoring for endurance sports. Key clients have included regional, national and world championship triathlons, a U.S. Men’s Olympic Trials, multiple WTC Kona World Championships, and 22 years with the world’s largest triathlon series. A competitive runner, cyclist and long distance triathlete, Gail uses sport to keep the spreadsheets from taking over. Her most difficult life question – “If the ship is sinking, do I save my computer or my TT bike?”
Adam W. Chase, Gear and Adventure Editor
Infamously known as the “Shoemelier” and “Imelda of Running,” Adam’s shoe fetish is your bonus because he comes to RunHaven having tested more than 1,000 running shoes over his years as a gear editor for a number of publications. Chase’s athletic background started with soccer and skiing and progressed through wrestling, rugby, XC, triathlon, snowshoeing, adventure racing and ultra-distance running, some of those at the professional level with national and world championships in the mix. But he is quick to acknowledge, based on being around the best, that he was fortunate to associate with such exceptional athletes. Fortunately, Chase, who serves as President of the American Trail Running Association, knows how to dress like a pro and hopes to help you do the same.
Ashley Miess, Editor and Community Manager
Ashley brings a knack for editing and a passion for sports marketing to the RunHaven team. Hailing from Charlotte, N.C., she competed for the varsity cross country and track teams at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for five years. In UNC’s School of Media and Journalism, Ashley helped to develop campaigns for the NBA’s Miami Heat and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. When she is not running or working out, Ashley enjoys waterskiing, wakesurfing and horseback riding.
Laura Scaduto, Fitness Editor
Laura came to RunHaven with a contagious passion for running, cross training and writing. Laura is a motivated triathlete and an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. She studied journalism and exercise science at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Drawing from her training and studies, Laura brings a wealth of fitness knowledge and enthusiasm to the RunHaven team. When she is not editing or developing concepts for multimedia projects, she enjoys writing about science, fitness and pop culture. Laura loves travel, almost as much as she loves chocolate.
Carrie Tollefson, Featured Columnist
Carrie Tollefson comes to RunHaven with a wealth of experience in the running industry. Although she has graced the cover of numerous running magazines, Carrie is more than a pretty face. While competing as a professional middle distance runner, the Minnesota native was a three-time national champion and represented the U.S. in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Before that, Carrie was a 5-time NCAA Champion and the 1998 NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the year at Villanova University. She was also the first person in NCAA history to win both the 3K and 5K titles. In addition to hosting a weekly show about running and fitness called C Tolle Run, Carrie is an ESPN2 analyst and does media coverage for the New York Road Runners and USATF.TV. She lives and trains in her home state of Minnesota with her husband, Charlie, and their two children, Ruby and Everett. Carrie inspires and motivates people to GET AFTER IT in life through her public speaking and training camps.