Our Race Ambassadors
Meet the 2020 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Race Ambassadors!
Kristen grew up in Michigan and moved around the country a bit before settling in Washington, D.C., five years ago. A retired roller derby skater, she discovered distance running after having ACL reconstruction surgery and ran her first half marathon in 2016. Kristen has since completed 13 half marathons and recently ran her first full marathon (Marine Corps Marathon). She loves using running as an excuse to travel and meet new people (or meet up with old friends!). Follow her @kristenbyers on Instagram and Twitter at or check out her blog at Purple Sneakers.
Colleen, an 8-time marathoner and fitness instructor, is the author of “Live Free and Run,” a healthy living and fitness blog that stemmed from her journey to fitness post-baby. She is a first grade teacher, wife and mom. Colleen loves running the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler and has only missed one year since living in the DC area (she was getting her RRCA run coach certification that weekend one year!). It is always a beautiful weekend to be a tourist in her own city, run a great race and enjoy post-race brunch downtown with running friends! She is proud to be an ambassador for CUCB! You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @livefreeandrun.
Jina is originally from Queens, NY, and now lives in Northern Virginia. She got into running a few years ago when she moved to the DC area and officially became a marathoner at the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon. She has participated in many Potomac River Running training programs to prepare for races, and kept going back because of the supportive coaches and runners. When she isn’t running, she works in social justice philanthropy and enjoys adventures with her husband and dog Rufus. She is excited to run the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Miler again and looks forward to connecting with the running community! Feel free to follow her on Instagram at @heyitsjina.
Brian is an Arlington, VA, native and relatively new to running. He started running in 2015 as part of a lifestyle change after dealing with health issues like high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. Since then, he has lost roughly 70 pounds and completed 14 half marathons, 4 full marathons and his first ultra— the Marine Corps Marathon 50K. As a bigger runner, he prides himself ON spreading the sport and sharing his story with the hopes that others will throw on a pair of shoes and give it a try. Most of his training happens with Copper, his lanky Black and Tan coonhound by his side. In addition to running, Brian is an avid yogi and a certified instructor. The 10 miler is his favorite distance because it’s not the grind of a half marathon or more, and you can really hone in on PRs and speed. He believes Race-cations are life and that you need to run hard, but always brunch harder. Follow Brian on Instagram at @BKrunsonyoga and on Twitter at @BrianKapur.