Daughter of Distance of the Week: Racine Lambert-Cwerenz


IMG_5690344599319One of my goals for 2016 was to support more women in endurance and help them connect to each other. There are so many of us out there, grinding out those miles and sometimes feeling alone in our awesomeness.

I thought: What better way to do that than to feature one Daughter of Distance each month? These will be women who love and embrace endurance sports of all kinds. They are not necessarily elites, though they can be. The majority of them are “regular” moms and wives and girlfriends and friends, balancing work and kids and training.

I have since posted two of these features and put out a call for more women to volunteer their stories. The response was overwhelming.

I was flooded with responses: enough to fill the rest of 2016 and into 2017. So I’ve decided to step up the pace and post a weekly profile instead of a monthly one. Each of these women are so deserving and deeply inspirational, I can’t bear to leave anyone out.

Thank you so much for generously sharing your stories with me. I am honored and excited to pass them on.

Today we kick off the weekly profiles. First up is Racine Lambert-Cwerenz!

Check her out:



Who Is Racine Lambert-Cwerenz?

My name is Racine, not my legal name but the name I go by. My real name is Traci and I like that name but I like my nickname better. I got it when I worked in nightclubs back in the 80s. I was a cocktail waitress and I was fast on my feet in serving up people their liquefied concoctions.

I knew I liked you! Tell me about your athletic background.

I started running late in life, around the age of 42. I ran road races from 5k to marathon distances. Trail running entered my heart last year when I ran my first trails and my first 50 miler. I joined a few running groups, met some great people and have not looked back. I ran my first 100 miler this year and have paced, crewed, and volunteered many races in between.

What are some of your most memorable race experiences?

I have two events in my running life that mean a great deal to me. Actually, three if I am honest. The first was pacing my friend Liz to her first 100 finish at Potawatomi. My second was finishing my own hundred this September at Hennepin 100. My third was just recently pacing, crewing and watching my friend Vicki complete her first 100 at Javelina Jundred. It really is amazing to see and help people attain their goals, but pretty cool to achieve your own as well.

What are your plans for 2016?

For 2016 I have on my calendar so far:

  • Three Days in Syllamo
  • Potawatomi 100
  • Bear 100

Other things will fall into place in between those events and I hope to enjoy running in 2016 as much as 2015! As my saying goes, “Run Long My Friends and Get Out In It!”

How can others get in touch with you?

My blog is Ultra Tales, Sparkle Skirts and Neil Diamond at muddrunner.com/blog.

I am also on Facebook as Racine Lambert-Cwerenz.


What does it mean to be a female in endurance sports?  

This series is inspired by my book: Daughters of Distance: Stories of Women in Endurance Sport. Here, hundreds of women open up about their realities as athletes, wives, girlfriends and mothers. From the intimacy of the bedroom to the community of competition, some of these stories will encourage and uplift. Others will surprise and infuriate. Welcome to the beautiful and complicated world of strong women.

Check out the Amazon reviews and purchase at tinyurl.com/daughtersofdistance

Will you be our next Daughter of Distance?

Interested in being featured as a Daughter of Distance? Shoot me an email at vanessaruns@gmail.com.

This is a project to feature one woman in endurance each week on social media. The goal is to connect strong women across sports and across the world in celebration and appreciation. Each Daughter of Distance will receive a copy of my book, Daughters of Distance: Stories of Women in Endurance Sports.

And don’t forget to tag your photos and stories with #daughtersofdistance to connect to this awesome community.

See you on the singletrack!

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