Shasta Zielke

IMG_7427.CR2Co-Founder & Member since 2017

Hometown: Protection, KS

Current city: Portland, OR

Instagram handle: @shastarenee

Best running experience:
Long trail runs with friends followed by either a hearty meal in the winter or cold beverages in the summer.

Best racing experience: The Shamrock 15K will always be a favorite of mine, partly because I’ve run well there in the past and partly from the excitement that comes from it being one of the first races of the year for many and the challenge of running up Terwilliger. I also really loved racing the Avenue of the Giants half marathon in 2013. The redwoods are my favorite, plus I love road trips. I also had a big breakthrough there, which was exciting. The Portland Trail Series in Forest Park is always a favorite – seriously the hardest and most run races I’ve ever done! Last, but definitely not least, the New York City Marathon will always be a favorite. It was my first (and still only) road marathon, and it showed me how much more I’m capable of. Plus, the energy of the city and the crowds are amazing and finishing in Central Park is awesome. Highly recommend!

Passions outside of running: Hiking/backpacking; travel; food; books; movies; Jayhawk basketball

Favorite post-run meal: A giant burrito from Los Gorditos (a marathon training staple).

Racing highlights/PRs:
Mile – 5:23, Rose City Mile 2018
5K – 18:08, Portland Track Festival 2018
10K – 38:57, Race for the Roses 2018
Half Marathon – 1:24:04 – Portlandathon Half, 2018 (my official time for the race–most participants’ times, including mine, had to be adjusted due to a train stopping most half marathon participants a mile from the finish)
Officially official Half Marathon PR – 1:26:45, Foot Traffic Flat Half, 2018
Marathon – 3:14, New York City Marathon 2017