Pacifica Runners is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and member club of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).  It started as an idea between 3 moms running with their families in April 2013 to honor the victims from the Boston Marathon.  This soon became a Facebook Group.  In May 2013, an informal run was organized at San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica.  The co-founders expected 10-30 people and were shocked when over 70 showed up!  Realizing the need for a group like this in Pacifica, they started the process of forming a board and joining the RRCA.  

Our initial goal was to host monthly 5k runs for all levels and all ages, and to put on free clinics to members with a variety of subjects and speakers. 

Now, in 2015, our aim is to have quarterly 5K and/or 10K races, and to get as many Pacifica residents as possible out running in our beautiful town. 

We also plan to use the support of local businesses to help keep the cost of runs down, allowing for greater participation.

Pacifica Runners Board 2016 - 2017

PRESIDENT - Kendra Chun

Kendra moved to Pacifica 4 years ago with her husband, John and two daughters, Kaley, 14 and Kennedy, 12. Kendra had never run before and a friend signed her up for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in 2008. The best advice during the training that was surprising to her was that it is OK to walk; you just need to start running again.

Her running sparked an interest with her brother and they ran their first marathons together, the San Francisco Marathon, in 2009. Several races later, in 2015 she ran 3 marathons in 3 months and a century (100 mile) bike ride. In 2016, she traveled a lot for work and added races all over the country including Vancouver, Seattle, Denver, Austin, Las Vegas, Chicago, LA, and San Diego. She is now training for her second half ironman in April and San Francisco full marathon in July.

She enjoys running with her 2 daughters including many 5Ks, the Hazelnut 7K, and 10K Tinker Bell run in Disneyland. She is trying to teach them how important health and wellness is even at a young age.

The best part about running for Kendra is finding someone who is interested in running, pushing them to the next level and witnessing their excitement in achieving a goal they never thought possible.


Shortly after moving to Pacifica from San Francisco with her husband and then 18 month old son in 2000, Ami discovered that hiking and jogging the many trails was a perfect way to relieve stress after a busy day at work.  Having hardly any running experience, Ami began a couch to 5k program and ran her first 5K at the Academy of Sciences Run To The Far Side” in 2004.  After crossing that first finish line, she caught the “bug” and was hooked!

Ami, subsequently, ran dozens of races ranging from 5Ks to 12Ks such as San Francisco’s own Bay To Breakers.  In 2007, however, she was sidelined with IT Band Syndrome for 6 months.  That’s when she discovered the importance of proper training.  By adding resistance and stretching exercises to her running program, she noticed obvious improvements.  In 2008, she ran her first Half Marathon pain-free and became certified as a Personal Trainer.  She has been helping other runners prevent injury and to find their “inner strong” ever since! 

In the following years, Ami was able to improve her half marathon finishing time by 18 minutes. She even completed her first marathon at the California International in 2015.  Not only that, she BQ’d (Boston Qualified) by 2 minutes and 23 seconds! 

In 2016, Ami became a certified running coach with Road Runners Club of America and is excited to now be a board member for Pacifica Runners.  

SECRETARY - Megan Dilts

Megan moved to Pacifica in October 2013 with her husband Travis.  In August 2015, they welcomed Megan's running buddy Mario.  Megan started running regularly while in college and completed her first half marathon in 2011 (2nd half of the SF Marathon).  This year she completed half marathon number 7, with #8 coming up in September (Half Moon Bay)!  So far she has completed one full marathon (SF Marathon 2013).  In addition to running and working out at boot camp (O2 Bodyfit), Megan is a coach for the Special Olympics of Northern California.  Although she has coached a few different sports, her favorite, and the one she's been with for the last 10 years, is Softball.  

Megan joined Pacifica Runners immediately after completing her first race with them (New Years Day 2015).  It had been a great community and has gotten her motivated to get back to running after having baby Mario.  She decided to be a part of the PR board to give back to this great community and keep on moving!  This year she's completed more races than ever before! 

TREASURER - Ramona Esquivel

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COMMUNICATION DIRECTORS - Anny Martinez & Paul Jordan

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MEMBER ENGAGEMENT DIRECTORS - Roland Martini Harris & Ann Martinez

Roland and his wife Linda, bought their house in the Linda Mar area of Pacifica in October of 2003. He retired from the navy after serving for 22 years and started doing events such as the 2013 Lake Tahoe Tough Mudder as a part of rehabilitation from injuries due to his service. He and Linda got their two kids involved in running starting with the Kaiser Half Marathon/5k in 2014.  On the average they do 1-2 events a month as a family.

RACE DIRECTOR - Kelly Gahagan

Kelly was born and raised in Japan and made her way to Pacifica via Chico, Germany, and San Francisco, settling here in 2002. She has been running formally since junior high when she joined the cross country team. She initially joined as a way to travel to the Phillipines, where the team participated in an annual meet. It has since become a form of therapy for her.

She didn’t run a formal race again until she participated in the Run to the Far Side Academy of Science race in 1994. After that, it took another 10 years to sign up for another race, this time running a marathon. She ran the New York City marathon with her brother, which was one of the highlights of her running career. She has since run four more marathons, as well as other races between the 5K and half marathon distances. Her favorite distance is the half marathon.

Kelly is a speech-language pathologist who works with children in the Bay Area. She also is a co-creator at umi baby, a crafting company that makes a variety of goods for babies, kids, and adults.

She has been on the board of Pacifica Runners since its inception and is one of the founding members. One reason she helped to found the Pacifica Runners was to help get her kids more involved in running in a fun and motivating way. It also seemed to be a natural progression after finding so many like-minded runners in her community that inspire and motivate her on a day-to-day basis. Her dream running goal is to run the Boston marathon, which she qualified for this year. 

Volunteer Extraordinairre - Ria Tingin Tajbl

Ria is 47, and she is a runner! She did not grow up running cross country or track and field.  Only 3 years ago did she actually start running outside of her home and off her treadmill. After getting on the road and trail there was no turning back. 

Her goal is to be a life long runner, to stay motivated, inspire others and not get injured to the point of not being able to run, or more importantly lose the passion and interest of running. 

Her first race was Hot Chocolate 5k in Golden Gate Park in January of 2014.  It was a shock to her that people got up so early, before sunrise, to run with thousands of people. She quickly understood why. Her first half marathon was later that summer, The Giant Race, fundraising for Project Open Hand of SF. She cried before she crossed the finish line.  Although she had stomach issues, she loved that race and runs it every year. 

One of her favorite things about running is watching friends and family become runners and enjoy the health benefits,  the challenges and the way running enriches life!  Her 8 year old has been joining her running and at Pacifica Runners' 5k races from time to time and during vacations.  This is a great joy they both can share together. 

Ria is training for and will be running her first marathon this December, California International Marathon in Sacramento. She loves volunteering for the Pacifica Runners and hopes it remains a great family running club for everyone. 

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