The Team

SHANNON SOLARES-ROWBURY

Co-Founder & President

Shannon Solares-Rowbury became a new mom in 2018 to her daughter Sienna Rosaleen.  She gradually returned to competitive running and is currently training for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Shannon is an accomplished professional athlete who has held multiple records and titles as a World and USA championship track and field athlete. She has also represented the United States three times as an Olympian and five times at the IAAF World Championships.

A recognized world class runner with a tremendous range from 800m to 5000m, Shannon’s story is as much about strength and perseverance against odds as it is about speed. In 2007, while a film student and athlete at Duke University, Shannon won the mile race at the NCAA Indoor Championships and then placed second in the 3000m an hour and a half later. Shortly after that indoor season, her collegiate career was abruptly cut short due to an injury that could have permanently sidelined her from her sport. This major setback forced Shannon to evaluate her physical limitations and challenged her emotional strength and passion for running. Through diligent rehabilitation, determination and an unfailing resolve to resume the sport that she loves, Shannon emerged stronger than ever and was back training for the 2008 Olympics within six months.

Although running is Shannon’s current sport, Irish Dancing was her first. Beginning at the age of six, Shannon competed in Irish Dancing competitions throughout the country and twice at the World Championships in Ireland. She was ranked 7th nationally, before retiring at the age of 16 to focus on the sport she was introduced to just before her freshman year of high school—running. Shannon believes Irish Dancing was the foundation for her successful running career, preparing her mentally for competition and developing her coordination, balance and speed.

In addition to her accomplishments as an athlete, Shannon also achieved high marks in her academic studies, having graduated with both a Bachelor’s (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s Degree from Duke University.  She also holds a Certificate in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Shannon is currently under contract with Nike. A lifelong resident of San Francisco, when she isn’t running she is exploring her favorite pastimes with her husband and daughter: museums, restaurants, and the city’s vibrant art scene.

Shannon

PABLO SOLARES-ROWBURY

Co-Founder, Treasurer & Secretary

Pablo Solares is an accomplished professional track and field athlete with multiple national titles and the current holder of two Mexican National Records. He is also a commissioned painter and mural artists, that has hosted multiple solo and group exhibits throughout the years.

Pablo is currently the Associate Director of Lending at Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), a San Francisco based non-profit organization whose mission is to advance a national equity movement by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power.

Pablo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Visual Arts from Rice University in 2008, and his Master’s Degree in Finance from EGADE Business School campus Monterrey in 2010.

Pablo

ANDREW CHAN

Member, Board of Directors

Andrew Chan holds multiple academic degrees. In 1993 he graduated from UCLA with a degree in Physiological Sciences, and in 1997 he graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine with a Doctorate Degree in Podiatric Medicine. Additionally, in 1999, he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Sports Management.

Andrew is passionate about supporting and serving his community as evidenced through his long-term work with the following non-profits:  President, Pamakid Runners Club (2008-present); Sports Manager, Special Olympics Northern California (1998-2003); Facilities Coordinator, Sacred Heart Cathedral (2003-present); Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, Sacred Heart Cathedral (1998-present)