Karen Gates

I started running at age 40, and over the last 13 years have done more 5ks than I can count, along with a variety of other distances, the longest being a half marathon. I’ve ran 3 halfs, and haven’t ruled out doing another, maybe this year or next.  I do love a 5k though!  Running has given me a chance to feel a sense of freedom, accomplishment, and pride I don’t get in other areas of my life. The fresh air is a huge motivator, and that combined with the energy of a run helps keep me mentally and physically well. I’m a mom to two boys, ages 17 and 19, both of whom run xc and track. I have been married for just over 20 years to my wonderful (but non-runner!) husband.  Outside of my ‘real’ job, I’m the social media coordinator for the Renton parkrun, high school xc team ‘mom,’ volunteer and fundraiser for Komen Puget Sound and now I’m so excited to add ambassador to SRC!