Mirna Valerio is a native of Brooklyn, NY, a former educator, cross-country coach, ultrarunner, obstacle course enthusiast, and author of the recently published memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress. Although she began running in high school, she recommitted to the sport after a health scare in 2008. It was then that her love for running and all its attendant benefits were reignited. She soon started her blog Fatgirlrunning, about her experiences as a larger woman in a world of thinner athletes. Mirna's athletic story was featured in the WSJ, Runner’s World, on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, on the CW Network, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Her writing has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, Self Magazine Online, Outside Online, and Runner's World Magazine. Most recently, she was chosen as a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
Injury Prevention Specialist + Running Coach
A competitive collegiate runner at Brown University, Kim returned to running not to long ago and found a passion for the mountains.
A member of the 2016 U.S. Mountain Running team, Kim was the first American female finisher at the World Mountain Running Championships that year leading the team to a bronze medal.
Borrowing from her own experience being sidelined by injury, Kim has devoted herself to helping injured and injury prone runners return to running. She helps her athletes build resilient bodies that can withstand the rigors of training. You can find more from Kim at kimnedeau.com.
Founder + Host
Sarah is an athlete, coach, writer and mom with a passion running. After battling an eating disorder for nearly ten years in her teens and early 20's, Sarah found freedom and healing. Running proved a catalyst in her transformation as she learned to rewrite the negative narrative in her head and find a unique strength within herself. As Sarah became more involved in the running community she was inspired by the connections she had made to create Rise.Run.Retreat in 2015.
Sarah's mission is to help women gain confidence, find strength and make authentic connections through running. As the host, she creates a place for women to be inspired and experience personal growth through running.
Annie Wagoner studied Psychology at Connecticut College and knew all along that she wanted to interconnect her passion for counseling with movement and mind-body nutrition. She started practicing yoga in 2001 to help aid in her training as a field hockey player and rower in college. Yoga brought balance and healing to her body, and helped her tap into deep core power and discover greater strength. Annie’s classes explore this powerful fusion of yoga and strength, offering dynamic flowing sequences that move from the core and invite vitality, mindfulness, flexibility, balance, and playfulness in. She strongly believes in preventative medicine and feels that consistent stretching, strengthening, and self-care can heal and restore the body and mind.
Annie is also a Certified Holistic Heath Coach, owner of Core Nourishment, mom of 2 amazing kids, wife of her soul partner, a personal trainer, reiki master, a foodie, a runner, motivational speaker, and podcaster. She is deeply passionate about educating and empowering others to make positive lifestyle choices so that they can fuel their bodies, work, relationships, passions and dreams. Annie has her 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) certification through the Yoga of Energy Flow teacher training at Dover Yoga, her 50hr Yin Yoga Teacher certification, and her personal training certification through NASM. She is enormously grateful to be a part of the incredible yoga and running community along the Seacoast and honored to share her passions and teaching at the Rise. Run. Retreat. Visit Annie at anniewagoner.com