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Hey friend, are you a runner or walker?
We would love to connect with you. Running is one of our passions as a couple and family.
I started running when I was in elementary school with my dad. We ran 5k and 10k races together. Eventually, I joined the Track & Field team because of encouragement from my soccer coach. I fell in love with the sport and specialized in hurdles, 400 meters and relays.
I ran my first half and full marathons with my late husband Ericlee Gilmore, who was also a Track & Field athlete. We coached together for 9 years at Fresno Christian Schools in California.
Today, I most enjoy trail running in the mountains near our home or on any trail with a view of the ocean. Our daughters also enjoy running. Our oldest is a long jumper like her daddy. Our middle daughter is more of a distance runner, enjoying local 5k races and cross country. Our youngest is still figuring out what she loves most. She loves to sprint but also has a good amount of endurance.
My husband Shawn Young is a life-long runner and triathlete who has been coaching athletes of all ages for more than 20 years. He began his coaching career at a middle school in Dixon, CA, and has helped coach cross-country and track teams at the elementary, high school, and junior college levels as well.
As an assistant cross-country coach at Fresno City College, he helped guide student athletes at his alma mater where he competed. He ran Track & Field at University of California, Davis. He was also involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a leader during college.
Shawn was born and raised in Fresno, California, but has lived throughout California and spent nearly a decade in Maryland. He has run dozens of marathons and has completed 6 IRONMAN triathlons. He is a personal running and triathlon coach with a primary focus on marathon and IRONMAN athletes. He is also a sought-after announcer for local races.
Together Shawn and I have coached cross-country and Track & Field at Kepler Neighborhood School, where our daughters attended. We currently coach Track & Field at Fresno Christian Schools.
We also have coached the Remember Haiti Marathon fundraiser team for 10 years. This team trains August-November each year to raise money and awareness for projects in Haiti through a partnership with the non-profit organization, Haitigo. Dorina and her late husband Ericlee Gilmore started this non-profit organization in 2010.
As you can probably tell, we are wild about running. We are especially excited about a new book we are releasing in September 2020 just for runners and walkers. Walk, Run, Soar is a 52-week devotional and training journal, which includes coaching tips, workout plans and more.
As a runner, you want to accomplish your physical goals. But deep down, you long for your training to be a more meaningful experience, engaging your body, mind, soul, and spirit. Walk, Run, Soar is a 52-week devotional and training journal designed for runners who hope to experience God’s presence, purpose, and glory in a deeper way as they run. Dorina Gilmore Young, and her triathlete husband, Shawn, will get you moving with a new motivation: improving your spiritual health. Along with weekly devotions to inspire you, Walk, Run, Soar includes:
- practical running/training tips
- training schedules from a running and triathlon coach
- advice on how to fuel your body well
- reflection questions and action steps
- space to journal and record your running progress
Whether you are new to running or a longtime runner, Walk, Run, Soar will motivate you to hit your fitness goals while strengthening your faith.
What kind of Biblical runner are you? Take our fun quiz!
The Bible makes several references to running and runners.
Have you ever considered which runner from the Bible you are most like?
Are you a runner like David?
Are you a runner like Peter?
Are you a runner like Mary Magdalene or maybe John the Baptist?
Take our new Walk Run Soar Runner Quiz and find out!
This 15-question quiz will match you with one of 10 different runners in the Bible.
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This is a gathering place for runners who love Jesus and who want to foster community around running. We offer up inspiration, coaching tips, gear and race recommendations, and more! You can visit our Facebook group, where you can request to join by clicking on “Join Group” underneath the cover image.
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