Sayaka Yoshinaga



I was born in Seattle, grew up in Japan and Ballard. I was a multi-sport athlete (basketball, softball, swimming, skiing, etc.), until I fell in love with running. I started running when I was in freshman year in high school with cross country team. I was able to improve throughout my high school years, and was able to join the University of Washington cross country and track team. I graduate from UW in 2007 with BA in Art History and BFA in Drawing and Painting. After my college running career, I started running full marathons, and trained to qualify for Olympic Trials. Unfortunately, with multiple injuries, I wasn’t able to get the qualifier and I had to go away from running marathons for few years, but I am trying to get back into running marathons in 2018!

Half Marathon PR: 1:19

Marathon PR: 2:58

Training Pace: 7:00-8:00 min/mile (depends on what I’m doing)

Favorite Pair of Shoes: This year, Brooks Ghost, Brooks Levitate, and NB 880v7

Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon

Favorite Racing Experience: Boston Marathon

Favorite CRC Memory: Not sue yet because I’m new to this group, but it’s been awesome get to know CRC runners, and I’m sure I’ll be making tons of fun and great memories with this group