Steve Knox, Title Sponsor and Organizing Committee Chairman
Steve is the owner of Columbia Funding Mortgage, located in the Mill Creek Town Center. He enjoys recreational running, and actively supports high school running programs as a founding member of the Jackson High School Track and Cross Country Booster Club. He stepped in to organize and sponsor the Run of the Mill in 2006 when the previous organizer was ready to pass the torch. He solicited support from the running community, and with help from some amazing volunteers, the Run of the Mill took on a new life as a charitable event.
Linda Knox, Development Director
Linda volunteered to join the Run of the Mill organizing committee to honor the memory of her dad, whom she lost to cancer in 1988, and to celebrate and support her brother Jim and her sister Shirley, who are both cancer survivors. Steve and Linda reside in Mill Creek and have two children, Caleb, a Jackson High School and University of Washington Student Athlete (Track and Cross Country) alum and Aubrea, a University of Oregon alum.
Mike Sayenko, Graphic Designer
Mike is a graduate of the University of Washington where he competed in Track and Cross Country. He holds the mark of all-time fifth fastest in the 10K distance for the Huskies. He has won ROTM three years in a row and has been second twice. One of the nation’s top marathon prospects, Mike ran at the World Championships representing USA in the marathon in Korea in 2011. He was 5th at the US Marathon Championships in 2008, and is ranked 10th Nationally at 10k in 2009. An Olympic hopeful to qualify for the 2012 Olympic 10k in London, Mike’s passion for running overlaps his dedication for coaching.
He coaches runners of all ability levels and ages, you can follow him at his website, MikeSayenko.com. Also, the owner of Sayenko Design, Mike has elevated the brand recognition of the Run of the Mill, producing everything from the logo, t-shirt designs, banners, brochures, posters, and website graphic art.
Liz Frederickson, Volunteer Coordinator
Liz Frederickson is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Run of the Mill. Liz teaches middle school, is active in her church, is pursuing a Masters in Education at the University of Washington Bothell campus, and is an alumni supporter of the Jackson High School Athletic Booster Club where her son ran track and cross country team for four years. Liz and her husband Phil have been residents of the Bothell/Mill Creek area for 25 years, along with their children, Connor, a student at the University of Washington, and Kim, a Pacific Lutheran University graduate. Liz has been a long-time fan of the Run of the Mill. Now as a cancer survivor, Liz is even more passionate about raising money to help others in the community who are fighting cancer.
Interested in volunteering? Contact Liz at: email@example.com
Eric Hruschka, Clerk of the Course
Eric, the 1984 WA high school Cross Country State Champion (Lynnwood High School) and a graduate of the University of Maryland, has been the Jackson High School Cross County and Track coach since the school opened in 1994. Eric teaches
physical education at Gateway Middle School. Eric, his wife Allison, and their 3 children reside in Mukilteo, WA. Eric was the 2003 Seattle PI Cross Country Coach of the Year. Among Eric’s passions: love for his family, love of running, and helping kids achieve their potential in athletics, academics, and life.