By: Jonathan Sykes On: March 25, 2019 In: Blog Comments: 0

     During the Publix Savannah Women’s Half get the chance to run with Nike Athlete and Owner/Founder of SpeedKIDZ and SpeedKIDZ Elite, Dawn Grunnagle!

     Dawn will be leading the Fleet Feet Shakeout Run Friday, April 5th at 9 a.m.  to loosen up and prepare participants for race day! She will be at 

the Fashion Fitness Expo following the run on Friday at 11 a.m. for a meet and greet. You can hear Dawn answering questions about running, preparation, training, nutrition and more during the expo at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.!  Dawn will be racing in the half marathon on April 6th.

     Dawn qualified with an A Standard for the 2020 Olympics Trials racing to a time of 2:35:47 and becoming the 2017 USATF Masters National Champion.   She also competed at the 2018 Berlin Marathon with an A Standard time of 2:34:56 and First American.   

     She is the 2015 Dallas Marathon Half Marathon Champion, 2013 Dallas Turkey Trot Champion, USATF Indoor National Qualifier in the 800m, 12thFemale at the Tokyo Marathon, 20thFemale at the New York City Marathon, 2016 and 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Marathon, 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the1500m, 2015 & 2016 Big Star Half Marathon Champion, 2013 Maui Marathon Champion and was chosen as Dallas Female Runner of the Year in 2012 by Clines Running Corner.

     She also has competed in the elite professional field in 5 (Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, and Berlin Marathon) of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors over the last 3 years. 

     Dawn Grunnagle came to Texas on a full athletic scholarship to Texas Tech University.  She graduated Cum Laude in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Houston and went to graduate school to study business at UALR.   In college, she was a NCAA qualifier in the 1500 meters and Conference USA Indoor Mile Champion.  She attended Green Bay East High School and was the first person in her family to ever attend college.  

     In 2011, after teaching for ten years, Dawn reignited her love for racing by competing professionally for Nike and launching SpeedKIDZ This gave her a chance to combine two passions she loves and offered her flexibility required for training and mentoring youth at the start of their running journey.

     SpeedKIDZ is about bringing out the best in each athlete and using the SpeedKIDZ philosophy of proper running form and technique.  The vision of SpeedKIDZ Elite is to develop the allMaround athlete through hard work, dedication, patience, commitment to goals, leadership and giving back to the community through service projects.  The developmental platform that has been created for these young athletes will offer them the opportunity to achieve anything they set their mind to.  Not only will each athlete develop specific athletic skills for their sport, but they will develop intangible values such as teamwork, discipline and confidence building in sports while training with SpeedKIDZ.  

     Through her SpeedKIDZ program, Dawn prioritizes organizing service projects which directly affect improving the Dallas community and focus on helping kids who are underprivileged athletes to be able to run, play and participate in other sports.  Projects have included raising over $5,000 for A Cure Starts Now Foundation, which does specific research for pediatric cancer.  SpeedKIDZ Elite team created over 200 personalized activity books for the children at Children’s Hospital who receive dialysis and chemotherapy treatments.   

     Her team organized and assembled 300 mini First-Aid Kits for the Salvation Army.  Other service projects Dawn has organized with her SpeedKIDZ Elite team are painting over graffiti in Dallas, delivering meals to people in need, organizing and cleaning food pantries, handing out medals and water at local races, clean up Katy Trail and Norbuck Park, and writing letters to the Veterans, Deployed Troops, New Recruits and Wounded Warriors. 

     In 2008, Dawn launched Santa Speedy Helpers, a non-profit group of fast female runners.  Engaging the Dallas running community, the women of Santa Speedy Helpers collect items to create hygiene boxes for the homeless.  Over the years, they have distributed over 1,700 boxes in the homeless community.  These women have competed in the Dallas Marathon relay every year with a Top 1M2M3 finish.   Dawn was named to the Dallas Marathon Board in 2018.  

     Dawn Grunnagle has ten years experience as an elementary school teacher (7 years at Merriman Park Elementary in Lake Highlands and 3 years at Good Shepherd Episcopal) and has spent 18 years working with school-aged children to improve their speed, agility and endurance with a focus on having correct fluid movement in their running form.  

     Dawn Grunnagle’s excellence in community development, extensive running and racing success and her commitment to strengthening and influencing Dallas area youths demonstrates her impressive qualifications to be a dedicated member of any non-profit, athletic organization in North Texas.

Follow Dawn’s journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at  @dawngrunnagle