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Mail: P.O. Box 160683 Austin, TX 78716-0683

Phone: 512-814-5272

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The Board of Directors

Iram

Iram J. Leon, President president@austinrunners.org

The President leads, manages, motivates, and supports the Board of Directors and the ARC, represents the ARC to the general public, establishes annual goals, policies, and procedures, and presides at all meetings.

Iram was put on the track team after getting spanked for running in the hall in 3rd grade. He continued to run through high school on the track team and college in the cross-country team. He aimed for his first marathon before he turned 30, and has now run 12 of them. He put off brain surgery to run one, and has run two pushing his daughter in a stroller. While he has been featured in local and national media for some running stories, he is far more proud to have coached in Austin, served on the organizing committee for various races and now helping with the Austin Runners Club.

Elaine Chung, Vice President vicepresident@austinrunners.org

The Vice President serves in the absence of the President. The Vice President is responsible for production of ARC races and events. This includes: building race communities, recruiting professional race directors and staff as needed, coordinating with vendors, as well as city, state, and county agencies, assisting in public relations efforts, and building event operations plans and timelines.

Elaine ran her first marathon at the tender age of 16, much to the chagrin of her high school track coach. She joined ARC in 2013 and has since been recognized for eating unorthodox pre-race meals like poutine and fried chicken. Outside of running, Elaine dabbles in improv and engineering.

Elaine
Muna

Muna Mitchell, Secretary secretary@austinrunners.org

The Secretary is responsible for keeping records and minutes of all meetings, maintaining internal and external correspondence, making announcements of upcoming meetings and activities, coordinating board meetings and social events for ARC, managing social media, and generating newsletters.

Muna’s first foray into running was on the middle school track team, where her coach put her in the 800. That was just too short. She finished poorly at meets but enjoyed extending practice runs to up to 2 miles. Many years later she began applying that love of distance running to road races, running the 2002 Houston Marathon after watching the race the previous year and seeing how many “normal” looking people ran marathons. After twenty marathons, it is still her favorite distance, even if she can’t run it as much as she would like. Muna first joined ARC in 2004 so that she could meet other people who liked running as much as she does. She has served on the ARC Board as the Volunteer Coordinator and President and on the Daisy and Decker race committees as Volunteer Coordinator and Race Director.

Kate Gurfein, Treasurer treasurer@austinrunners.org

The Treasurer is responsible for keeping all monies of the ARC, recording of income and expenses, collection of income and payment of receipted expenses. The Treasurer helps prepare and administer the annual budget, and makes periodic reports of the club’s financial status.

Kate’s love of running began on the track, where she ran for her high school team and then on the track team at Colby College. After graduating, she moved on to longer distance road races. She has continually improved in all distances from the 5k to the marathon, thanks to some good competitive training partners and excellent coaching from Al and his Ship of Fools. The peak of her running career was appearing in the April 2015 issue of Runner’s World, leading the pack on the O. Henry track. She is excited to continue growing as a runner and leader within ARC, as both the club’s treasurer and as a co-leader of the Monday night run.

Kate
Larry

Larry Huang, Director of Member Services membership@austinrunners.org

The Director of Member Services is responsible for development of member benefits, new member recruitment and member retention, and assisting in the recruitment and development of regular club or group runs.

As a kid growing up in New Orleans, Larry often chose to run after his bicycle-riding friends rather than ride his own bike. In 2014, his running roots came full circle by joining ARC. He trained with the Ship of Fools to run his first marathon ever, the 2016 Austin Marathon, and has now completed two ARC Distance Challenges in addition to multiple other races. Aside from running, he is also a foodie, geek, and competitive bowler. Larry is a proud Longhorn and works as a software developer.

Shirley Allaway, Director of Volunteer Services volunteer@austinrunners.org

The Director of Volunteer Services utilizes various media outlets and websites for the recruitment of volunteers for club events, serves the role as the volunteer team lead for ARC sponsored events and plays a role, along with other ARC board members, in coordination of club social activities.

Shirley was a late bloomer when it comes to running, but she’s been a member of the Austin Runners Club and Al’s Ship of Fools for the last several years. When not running around in circles, she works for the good state of Texas as a web developer. She’s done her share of wrangling volunteers – from community arts festival to the information desks at SXSW.

Shirley
Evan

Evan Powell, Director of Information Services info@austinrunners.org

The Director of Information Services is responsible for maintaining the information distributed to the ARC community via our website (including the event calendar) as well as answering questions and receiving feedback from the ARC community.

A long-time non-athlete, Evan ran his first marathon in February of 2011 after training with the Ship of Fools and it was all downhill from there! Evan works locally in Austin as a Software Developer at a startup.

Megan Baker, Distance Challenge Coordinator dc@austinrunners.org

The Distance Challenge Coordinator serves as the volunteer team lead for the Distance Challenge along with other ARC board members.

A Pittsburgh native, animal lover, Steelers fan, and (most importantly) a lifetime runner, Megan has participated in everything from 5ks to marathons, from trail runs to 200 mile relays. Three of her 16 marathons were part of the Distance Challenge and she served on the board of the Austin Runners Club from 2008 to 2012, with 2 yrs as Director of Volunteer Services and 2 yrs as President. She hopes that her experience and love of the Austin run community will help provide for a great experience for Distance Challenge participants.

Megan