Born and raised in the cornfields of Iowa, Deeter was a multi-sport athlete from the start - and
always on the run. After college and a career in IT, he found a need to get active again and running seemed
like a logical challenge. Deeter (real name Daniel) moved to Atlanta in 2000 and joined the Chattahoochee Road
Runners Club. In fact, he is one of the longest standing members of the CRRC. Over 50 marathons later, he’s
made up for any lost years of non running and moving toward many more. You'll find him on the trails of Sope
Creek and all over the roads of Atlanta. He's hoping to hit his age in marathons completed and continue that
trend for life.
Favorite post-run meal: Cheeseburger and fries
Favorite beer to refuel: Local IPAs
Favorite on-the-run fuel: Huma Mango gel
Stephanie started running at age 13 and never stopped. She ran competitively in high school and headed to
Berry College in Rome, GA to run for the team. After graduating with a Bachelors in Communications, she moved
to Atlanta and joined the workforce, and soon became a regular in local races. She joined the West Stride team
in 2011 after 9 years working the office life. Now she can be found organizing West Stride events, work the
floor fitting for shoes, fixing the computers, running through the city and keeping the West Stride staff up
to date on the latest football scores.
Favorite place to run? Currently, the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail - flat,
car-free and always some new sight to see!
Favorite quote about running? "Out on the roads there is fitness and
self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.” -Dr. George Sheehan
I started running after college, it was the 80’s and I was rebelling against the Aerobics craze!
I started with the simple goal of running around my old high school track one time. Then my goal was a mile. I
entered local 5k’s and worked my way up to the Peachtree. Then I found Team in Training. In January of 1998, I
ran my first marathon with TNT, an organization that channeled my hatred for the leukemia that had taken my
mother with my love for running. 26 marathons later, I am still at it! Joined West Stride in 2010, where I
enjoy working in an atmosphere that surrounds me with running shoes, running clothes and so many interesting
Favorite thing about running: the freedom and simplicity of it. Just lace up
some running shoes and off you go…wherever you choose and whenever you choose. I also enjoy the friendships
that I’ve made as a result of running with others
Favorite quote: Borrowed from a favorite quote of Coach Tommy Owens of TNT:
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start” John Bingham.
Favorite place to run: The Silver Comet Trail.
Favorite post-run meal: Beer and a juicy burger! But only after a 20+ miler!
Favorite local race: Smyrna’s Jonquil Jog
Susan started her running journey 30 years ago after her second child was born. She grew up
playing competitive tennis and was ranked nationally as a junior. She played on the college team at Florida
State University. She taught tennis for 25 years, then retired and fell in love with running. Running is her
social time and she was a natural fit with the West Stride team, joining us in 2014. She also serves as a
community coach for Holly Innocents cross country and golf teams and is a member of the Atlanta Track Club
Board of Directors.
Favorite place to run: Riverside Park in Roswell
Favorite post run food: Morning - pancakes, Evening - cold beer
Born and raised in Atlanta, Matt swam growing up and used running as a way to get in shape at
the start of the season. Later in life he got into triathlons and running became the simplest way to maintain
fitness within a busy schedule. His enjoyment of running continued to increase until he finally decided to
make a career out of it and spent ten years working for running brands. Now he's working with the West Stride
team and trying to exercise enough to stay ahead of his appetite.
Favorite post-run meal: Lots of whatever is closest to me
Favorite Race: Chattanooga Mountain Stage Race
Tara started running in elementary school running laps around her house to "train" for the field
day one-mile race! From there the love began! She ran competitively in high school and college at Kennesaw
State University. After graduating with a Bachelors in Marketing, she joined the workforce and became a group
run and road race junkie, any kind of run she's in for the fun! She joined the West Stride team in 2013 where
she can be found working the floor most Sundays and repping West Stride with a smile at many local events and
Favorite place to run?
Cochran Shoals Chattahoochee River Park, it's close to home and always good for any kind of run from speedwork
to long runs and I always run into someone I know!
Favorite quote about running?
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."
- Robert Frost
Favorite post-run meal?
I love a good veggie omelet and biscuit!
A lifetime runner, Sally ran middle distance track events in high school, and hasn’t stopped
running since. Her first trail race was the Big South Fork 17-miler in Tennessee 21 years ago, an experience
that solidly hooked her on trail running. She was a co-founder and has been Vice President of Georgia
Ultrarunning& Trailrunning Society (GUTS) for over 10 years, and enjoys both running and volunteering at
numerous trail races. Sally has run over 200 marathons and ultramarathons in 35 states, clocking her longest
distance at the Vermont 100 mile race. (We could tell you about Sally’s numerous women’s course records, but
by the time you read this, some of them might be fake news.) Sally’s running interests are varied, though –
she loves it all! As a member of the Atlanta Track Club, Sally has run every Peachtree Road Race since 1985
and is a regular pace group leader for various road distance races. To mix things up, she also loves to hash
with the Hash House Harriers. Never one to sit still for long, Sally is also an avid mountain biker and road
cyclist, completing BRAG (Bike Ride Across Georgia) 20 times! When she isn’t sharing her passion with other
runners at West Stride, you are likely to run into Sally at the Chattahoochee River Sope Creek trails or at
Favorite Rave Run: The Big Ditch, aka the Grand Canyon, Rim to Rim to Rim.
Sally has completed this arduous 46-mile adventure at least ten times.
Favorite post-race FoodFirst chocolate milk, then beer and pizza with friends.
Things you may not know about Sally: Born in Hawaii, Sally visited every state
(except Alaska) by the time she was 12 years old. She has a degree in Forestry from Oregon State, and has
worked as a fire fighter, a paralegal, and currently also loves to dog sit.