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Bright Light Brigade

Our Brilliant Brand Ambassadors. A Great Group of Runners Who See Brightly And Strive to Stay Seen with Knuckle Lights! ?

Name: Liam Martin
Who he is: “As a British army veteran I am no stranger to the outdoors and also enjoy hiking, mountaineering and climbing.”
When he started running: “Only started running in 2015 I am still a ”newbie” to the sport.”
Which races he prefers: “I enjoy endurance trail running anything from 50km to 100km and want to push myself further this year. I also blog about my adventures at gingerunningman.com and have been shortlisted for two awards in 2017.”
How did you find Knuckle Lights: “I found Knuckle lights on twitter and have been using them on all my outdoor adventures as they are the perfect tool to see in the dark.”

Name: Melissa Hiatt
What she does when she’s not running: “I’m an all-around “busy mom,” running a marketing business with my husband, raising three girls, volunteering, and working on my blog, Making it Sweet: http://www.makingitsweet.com
Why she runs: “Running is my “me time” and that means that it has to get done before the sun rises while the rest of the family is asleep. I started distance running in the beginning of 2011 and was hooked after my first 10K. Since then, I’ve done mud runs, fun runs, and half marathons (even one while pregnant)”
What about Knuckle Lights?: “I’ve been a fan of Knuckle Lights since I received my set back in 2013. The lights have made me confident and safe during my early morning runs. I’m excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Bright Light Brigade!”

Name: Lauren Carey
When she started running: “I started to run in high school, took time off and resumed the sport again in my late 20’s”
What keeps her motivated: “I am part of an amazing and extremely supportive group of women on the Massachusetts South Shore, The South Shore Running Moms.”
What has she run and what’s her favorite race length: “So far, I have run 5 marathons, 13 half marathons, 1 Ragnar Relay and lots and lots of other distances.  The half marathon is my absolute favorite distance. I am looking forward to running my third Boston Marathon in April as well as my second Ragnar Relay in May. My running goal for 2017 is to run at least one race a month.”
What brought her to Knuckle Lights?: “I heard about Knuckle Lights when I was on Pinterest looking at running stuff. I am a 39 year old mom of two. Usually, the only time I can squeeze a run in is during the early morning.  My Knuckle Lights are perfect.  They also came in handy during the late night and early morning runs for the Ragnar Relay.  I’ve also used my Knuckle Lights when Trick Or Treating with the kids since our street is so dark.  The lights have so many uses, they are great!”

Name: Sarah Owens
Who she is: “I am a mom of three, wife of a busy husband, a teacher in an Autism classroom, an active member of my church, and a runner.”
Why does she run: “I run for my health and to clear my mind, and I run for a sweet little girl who I’ve been paired up with through a Facebook page. Every mile I log is for her.”
When did she start running: “I have been a runner since I was just a kid, being entered into a track meet while in 5th grade. Over the years I got in trouble all the time because I was always running through the halls at school. In Jr. High I finally put that speed to good use and ran cross country and track all the way up through High School.”
When does she best like to run: “My family’s schedule is busy, no matter how hard we try to keep it simple. In college I would randomly go out and run late at night. I fell in love with night running during that time. I’m still a very avid night runner. What is it about the dark?”
Why she like Knuckle Lights: “I’m excited to have teamed up with Knuckle Lights. With the rise in distracted drivers and the increasing importance to be seen on the road at night, I think it’s a match made in heaven!”

Name: Ricky Roane
Who he is: “I am a Southern California based ultra-runner.  I train with and lead the San Diego area Trail Crashers ultra-marathon training group that my wife and I founded. I’ve been running and racing since I was five years old, but got into ultra-running in 2014”
Why ultra-marathons?: “I love the challenge and my favorite distance is the 100 miler.  I strive to learn from my racing and improve my nutrition and training with every race.”
Any notable races?: “In the beginning of 2016, I was awarded 11th male in the nation and 3rd male in California for UltraRunning Magazine’s Ultra Running Race Series.  I also had the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Western States Endurance Run 100 mile race and was 25th overall.”
What he’s best looking forward to this year: “I’m looking forward to this racing year and attempting to PR in the 100.  Running makes me feel alive and the true friends I’ve gained that share my love for the sport makes the hours and hours of training worth it.”

Name: Julia Miller
Who she is: “I’m a 40 year old wife and mom of 3 young kids.”
Why running?: “Running shows my family that it’s important to be healthy and take care of me.”
What she’s run: “I’ve run 6 full marathons, 14 half marathons, and several 10Ks and 5Ks.”
Why Knuckle Lights?: “I run with other women from the Madison She Runs This Town / Moms Run This Town group; we run in the dark at 5:15am, and I love that my Knuckle Lights brightens our path and keeps us safe. As a mom, most of my training is done in the dark of the morning before the kids get up. I’ve been using Knuckle Lights for over 5 years now and love them! I’m so excited to be a part of the Bright Light Brigade!”

Name: Brandi Gilbert
Who she is: “I am a 30-something runner that can be found pounding the pavement outside of Atlanta, GA.”
What else do you enjoy?: “While running is my biggest passion, I enjoy spending time cross training with yoga several days a week.”
Why running?: “ I am a middle of the pack runner, but absolutely love getting stronger and faster over time. I started running a few years ago as a result of a family goal to participate in a local 5K together and I was quickly bit by the running bug.  Once I found out that running and being active can indeed be fun, it became a huge part of my life very quickly. Running has taken me to some pretty amazing places, given me some awesome opportunities, and brought me some of the greatest people in my life over the past few years. I love showing others around me that running and being active can be fun, so find your passion and get moving!”
What brought you to Knuckle Lights?: “I am currently on a 950+ day run streak and I do not get home from work or from the gym until later in the evenings. By then, the sun has gone down which leaves me to get my miles in in the dark. Before Knuckle Lights I was using bulky flashlights (when they had good batteries in them) or uncomfortable headlamps to light the way. The brightness of my Knuckle Lights help me make sure that I not only can I see where I am heading, but other runners and traffic can see me as well. My favorite feature of Knuckle Lights though is that they are hands-free. With the number of attacks on runners happening so frequently, having my hands free gives me a better sense of safety in the event of a situation on my run.”

Name: Kim Howard
When he started running: “I started running back in 1995, started running races in 1997.”
How many races?: “I have now ran in over 500 races and completed 76 marathons. I am currently in a running streak of a little over 3 years.”
What brought him to Knuckle Lights: “I bought my first set of Knuckle Lights about 6 years ago. I immediately fell in love with them. I run early in the morning, so they help me see, as well as be seen. Many people have told me how well they can see me while I am using Knuckle Lights. I love the new rechargeable Knuckle Lights. I always recommend them to all my friends, and anyone who I hear asking about what light to use. They are much easier to use than any headlight, or light that attaches to a cap.”

Name: Kristi Dunnam
When she started running: “I ran track in high school, but got back into running and distance after having children.”
Why running: “Running has connected me with so many people and led me to so many different experiences.I run for myself, my family, my children, and my sanity”
Any memorable experiences: “From running downtown Miami the early morning hours with my trusty knuckle lights, to running 7 mile bridge in Key West in Ragnar Florida Keys with my team, to running Lake Monona, thru downtown Chicago, and finishing at Navy Pier with my team in Ragnar Chicago, to running the winding country roads and thru the home of country music with our team in Ragnar Tennessee, running has given me so many experiences, friends, and memories! 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, a full marathon, wine races, adventure races, team races…”
Why Knuckle Lights?: “My favorite runs are my late night runs, just me, my knuckle lights and the sounds of crickets! I am so excited to be a part of the Bright Light Brigade & share with everyone!”

Name: Jill Maxey
Who she is: “I am a 30 something ? wife and mother of 3 from Michigan.”
When she started running: “I started my running life in middle and high school where I was a high jumper, hurdler, and 4×400 relay runner. Once I got married and had kids the running went by the wayside for a bit.”
What got her running again: “I picked up running again in 2008 when my husband took a job out of the state. It was a means to keep my sanity and mental needs in check. I would do lap upon lap (in the dark) around the block at night when the kids were in bed.”
What helped motivate her: “I ended up partnering up with my neighbor Courtney after a Facebook plead to find a running buddy. Little did I know that much needed partner would live right next door. Do we started out slow and would run together in the dark. Flashlights didn’t work so well and headlamps would shine all over the place except where we needed it. On a New Years Eve dare from my brothers and our husbands we signed up for a half marathon and the rest is history.”
What races she’s since accomplished: “I have completed 7 half marathons, 1 full, and countless 5K and 10K races. All with using the Knuckle Lights on my training runs.”
Why Knuckle Lights: “Sometime in 2012 is when I got my first set of Knuckle Lights and it has been a lifesaver ever since. I’m a Dark o’clock runner so it became a necessity. I find it easier to run in the dark and I like the peacefulness of everything at that hour. While I do live in suburbia, not all the streets are lit. I love the safety and security I get from the lights and am super excited to be a part of the Knuckle Lights Bright Light Brigade!!”

Name: John McKay
Who he is: “I am a visually impaired distance runner.”
How long he’s been running: “I have been running off and on for almost 13 years. I started to love running when I ran cross country in high school. I also ran in college.”
Any goals for this year: “This past year I have been trying to push the miles. My longest run is 13.1 miles. My goal is to run a 50k in the Spring of 2018.”

Name: Courtney Lyn Vigrass
The exchange that changed it all:  “Sure, ten o’clock?” “Better make it 10:30.  For sure she’ll be conked and milk drunk out by then!  He’ll be hours asleep by then too.  My husband’ll be studying so….”And with that exchange over the back fence with my neighbor Jill…I started running.  (The “she” in question in the second sentence?  My then newborn, now six.  The he?  My then toddler, now eight.  And those times?  Those were PM, not AM.  At best, it was dark.  At worst, it was pitch black.  Jill and I ran miles upon miles at “Dark O’clock” or “Dark thirty” while training for our first 5K.)”
What races has she done: “Then we got really crazy at a New Years party, in the earshot of all her brothers and both of our husbands:  “Half Marathon?  That sounds doable?  October?  That gives us ten months, right?”  More and more miles.  5, 8, 10Ks.  Half marathons.  Half marathons needed miles run in the VERY early a.m. to keep up with the needs of our collectively getting older and busier bunch of kids.”
Has anything slowed her down?: “A seriously wonky ankle.  Surgery to repair said wonky ankle.  Jill tackling me as I met her on a cool down the first time, walking in a boot.  15 miles on a bike in the boot while Jill ran to prepare for another half.  Walking and working up to a run again at dark-o’clock every night.”
How does she train for races?: “More and more and more miles.  My sweet husband Michael meeting Jill and I at the halfway mark of a 20 miler with fuel, beverage, and my bike for the return 10 miles.  Her (now teenaged) children keeping track of my (elementary school aged) children while we run in the dark.  More miles and miles of friendship and sanity in a world of continual chaos.”
So why running? “In between work and home, I find myself on the run.  I find my pace, I find myself.  I laugh, as my nearly 39 year old self could run circles around my 18 year old self.  I smile while skating at top speed down a sheet of ice with the puck, as 20-somethings can’t catch me due to the added strength and agility running has provided me.  I run to laugh, to live, to smile, to shine.”

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