About Us

Who We Are

Conqur Endurance Group, a subsidiary of McCourt Global, is a Los Angeles based company that creates world-class experiences which ignite passion in athletes and connect communities through the transformative power of sport. Our employees are professionals with extensive experience in designing, marketing and producing first-class endurance events and experiences. We are passionate about what we do and take pride in partnering with brands seeking year-round engagements with targeted, active consumers. We are committed to our people and partners, the high road and the long view, an entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility, and the highest standard of excellence.

Community Impact

Conqur Endurance Group prioritizes both accessibility and innovation while emphasizing social and environmental responsibility. Our events and initiatives not only involve and affect individuals. We set out to create a lasting impact on groups and communities. Making a difference in people’s lives is a cornerstone of everything we do and we are proud to partner with more than 100 charities who raise much needed funds for their respective programs through their collaboration with us. Our community impact extends beyond non-profit groups to help bolster the local economy. Our events bring a significant economic impact to our partner cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica while we maintain high standards in environmentally responsible practices, recently receiving Silver Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport.

Sustainability

Sustainability is not an occurrence, it’s a function of a deliberate, endless pursuit of “best practice”. At Conqur Endurance Group, we don’t just “talk the talk” – we put our intentions to work. We are proud to consistently incorporate environmentally sound practices across our activities. It’s part of our culture. The Council for Responsible Sport has recognized that by awarding Conqur Endurance Group Silver Level Certification for the manner in which we organized the 2015 Los Angeles Marathon. That is just the beginning. Taking care of our planet is everyone’s responsibility, and we’re doing what we can to do our part. We expect the same from our business partners and prioritize working with suppliers that demonstrate a similar, deliberate commitment to environmental responsibility.

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Who We Are

Conqur Endurance Group, a subsidiary of McCourt Global, is a global endurance brand that channels the vibrancy of Los Angeles into experiences for individuals and communities to exceed extraordinary limits. Our employees are professionals with extensive experience in designing, marketing and executing first-class endurance events and experiences.

We are passionate about what we do and take pride in partnering with brands seeking year-round engagements with targeted, active consumers.

We are committed to our people and partners, the high road and the long view, an entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility, and the highest standard of excellence.

Community Impact

Conqur Endurance Group prioritizes both accessibility and innovation while emphasizing social and environmental responsibility. Our events and initiatives not only involve and affect individuals. We set out to create a lasting impact on groups and communities.

Making a difference in people’s lives is a cornerstone of everything we do and we are proud to partner with more than 100 charities who raise much needed funds for their respective programs through their collaboration with us.

Our community impact extends beyond non-profit groups to help bolster the local economy. Our events bring a significant economic impact to our partner cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica while we maintain high standards in environmentally responsible practices, recently receiving Silver Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport.

Sustainability

Sustainability is not an occurrence, it’s a function of a deliberate, endless pursuit of “best practice”. At Conqur Endurance Group, we don’t just “talk the talk” – we put our intentions to work. We are proud to consistently incorporate environmentally sound practices across our activities. It’s part of our culture.

The Council for Responsible Sport has recognized that by awarding Conqur Endurance Group Silver Level Certification for the manner in which we organized the 2015 Los Angeles Marathon. That is just the beginning. Taking care of our planet is everyone’s responsibility, and we’re doing what we can to do our part.

We expect the same from our business partners and prioritize working with suppliers that demonstrate a similar, deliberate commitment to environmental responsibility.

Our Team
Tracey Russell

Tracey Russell

Chief Executive Officer

Favorite Race Distance: Half-Marathon
Favorite Non-Running Activity: Yoga
Favorite LA landmark: Southern California sunshine
Best cheat food: Soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies

Our fearless leader serves as the face of the marathon, leading Conqur Endurance Group as Chief Executive Officer. When she's not in front of the camera, you can find her putting 19+ years of industry experience to good work as she motivates her team and elevates Conqur’s many properties.

The Shaker Heights, Ohio native has lifted Conqur Endurance Group to new heights, spearheading the city-wide effort to secure Los Angeles as the host of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials from the Men’s and Women’s Marathon. Additionally, Tracey and her team have produced two successful Los Angeles Marathons, reaching consecutive sellouts while providing a world class experience to over 26,000 runners and further solidifying the marathon as a must run global race.

The former high school All-American swimmer and 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials participant clearly has a knack for succeeding. In 2010, Russell was fittingly awarded the Women’s Running magazine Trailblazer Award, a national award presented each year to a woman in the running industry who has been a leader and a pioneer and has served the sport with distinction. The award is one of many accolades she earned in her six years with the Atlanta Track Club and 12 years with the Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers.

The scuba-diving enthusiast has wasted little time getting accustomed to life in southern California. She enjoys running and yoga and gives of her time by serving on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Sports Council, Students Run LA, Ragnar Relay Series as well as the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission Advisory Board.

Carsten Preisz

Carsten Preisz

VP, Brand Strategy & Marketing

Favorite Race Distance: 10K
Preferred Non-Running Activity: Spending time with family and friends
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Walt Disney Concert Hall
Best Cheat Food: Cheese & Wine

Born in Denmark, Carsten began his career in the US in the Danish Foreign Service, serving as a commercial diplomat to the Los Angeles Market. He has worked with some of the world’s leading luxury & lifestyle brands such as including Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Bang & Olufsen.

Carsten joined Conqur Endurance Group in 2013 as VP, Brand Strategy & Marketing. Since his arrival, the team has sold out two consecutive Los Angeles Marathons and is poised to deliver a historic U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials event.

When not strategizing around the Conqur Endurance Group properties, Carsten is either busy with a DIY home project or kicking the ball on a soccer field. Being the father of three Daughters, he is more patient than most.

Sheri Wish

Sheri Wish

VP, Business Development

Favorite Race Distance: 10K
Preferred Non-Running Activity: Charity efforts, Movies, Hiking and Yoga
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Best Cheat Food: Dark Chocolate

Sheri joined Conqur Endurance Group in the spring of 2015. She is an accomplished and versatile business development leader combining strategic insight with global sales and marketing experience.

She brings a wealth of knowledge and success in developing long term successful partnerships and maximizing revenue at some of Los Angeles’ most storied brands. A proactive innovator in spearheading complex and progressive sales platforms, initiatives and partnerships, Sheri is thrilled to be a part of Conqur Endurance Group!

Murphy Reinschreiber

Murphy Reinschreiber

VP, Operations

Favorite Race Distance: Marathon
Preferred Non-Running Activity: Swimming
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: City Hall
Best Cheat Food: Carrots

Reinschreiber oversees the development and execution of existing race properties and leads efforts to expand the organization's portfolio of brands both in the U.S. and on a global basis. The internationally-renowned endurance sports veteran brings with him over 30 years of industry success, in which time he launched and managed major endurance events in 16 countries while representing athletes who have won more than 50 world championships.

Murphy has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin (cum laude 1975), a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law (cum laude 1978), and a lifetime of experience in sports. He started swimming competitively at age seven and was successful at all levels of that sport including a top-15 World Ranking and All-American awards.

Stacy Embretson

Stacy Embretson

Sr. Director, Operations

Favorite Race Distance: Marathon
Favorite Non-Running Activity: Baking
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Hollywood Sign
Best Cheat Food: Twizzlers

Pulling double-duty as the Senior Director of Operations and in-house baker, Stacy is the longest tenured member of the Conqur Endurance Group staff. The Minnesotan played a key role in the creation of the “Stadium to the Sea” marathon course and continues to lead the operational staff that executes our world-class marathon.

She is our industry superstar, known around the running community for the work she has done with races like the Chicago and Long Beach Marathons as well as a long list of triathlons and both national and international endurance events.
Stacy is a veteran of over 50 marathons, 3 Ironman triathlons, numerous half-marathons and three ultramarathons.

Rachel Sanchez

Rachel Sanchez

Manager, Non-Profit & Community Partnerships

Favorite Race Distance: Half-marathon
Preferred Non-Running Activity: Riding bikes and beer tasting
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Hollywood Sign
Best Cheat Food: DOUGHNUTS!

Raised on the Central Coast of California, Rachel is an avid reader and admitted doughnut addict. A beach lover in more ways than one, she received her bachelor's and masters degree from Cal State Long Beach where she went on to work, inspiring young minds and making it look easy.

Rachel loves working with the marathon’s charity partners, assisting them in raising more money for their causes and ensuring their teams have a world class race experience.

In her spare time Rachel enjoys traveling and riding her bike around Long Beach. A love for doughnuts and craft beer are no match for her wonderful daughter Josie, her darling dog Juniper, and her awesome husband of 7 years, Aaron.

Ryan Cavinder

Ryan Cavinder

Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

Favorite Race Distance: Marathon
Favorite Non-Running Activity: Camping
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Santa Monica Pier
Best Cheat Food: Chocolate Chip Cookies

This self-proclaimed sports nut and avid marathoner spent the majority of his career working in collegiate and professional sports before joining Conqur Endurance Group in 2014 as Marketing Manager.

The Chipotle-addict is responsible for the execution of our marketing and advertising plans and loves creating new ways to engage with runners through tools like social media and the official race app. Ryan enjoys being part of the team that designs all creative collateral for Conqur’s many properties, producing the look and feel of iconic Los Angeles endurance events like the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon

The Orange County native and his wife, Lindsey, live in Lakewood with their future marathoner, two-year old Caleb.

Carleigh Smith

Carleigh Smith

Manager, Business Development & Corporate Partnerships

Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon
Preferred Non-Running Activity: Painting
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Santa Monica Pier
Best Cheat Food: Filet Mignon

This San Diego native fell in love with the beach at a young age. She's tried almost every water sport and found her ``sweet spot`` when she discovered endurance sports and joined the collegiate triathlon team.

We're grateful that her love of the ocean led her to Cal State Long Beach where she obtained her master’s degree in Sport Management before joining Conqur Endurance Group in 2013 where she manages sponsor marketing and oversees the Health & Fitness Expo.

When she's not in the ocean or a pool, Carleigh loves being creative and producing incredible art. We're still trying to convince her to paint the long-awaited Conqur Endurance Group mural.

Jessica Haluck

Jessica Haluck

Manager, Expo & Hospitality

Favorite Race Distance: 5K
Preferred Non-Running Activity: Orangetheory Fitness
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Griffith Observatory
Best Cheat Food: Pizza

The newest member of Conqur Endurance Group joined the team in October of 2015. The Southern California native has several years’ experience in the endurance industry, including the past four years when she played a key role in producing expos for one of the industry’s leading event organizers.

Jessica recently moved to Los Angeles from San Diego, where she obtained her BA from the University of San Diego and her MBA from San Diego State University.

Having grown up playing soccer and volleyball, Jessica favored shorter sprints over long distance running. However, the endurance industry is where she now prefers to be. Outside of work, Jessica still enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, has recently taken up Pilates, and is always on the look-out for dog-friendly establishments to take her best bud, Toby.

Kate Hammond

Kate Hammond

Customer Experience Coordinator

Favorite Race Distance: 5K
Favorite Non-Running Activity: Ice Hockey
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Griffith Observatory
Best Cheat Food: Red Vines!

This Orange County native is one of the newest members of Conqur Endurance Group and spent the majority of her career working in professional sports before joining the team in August of 2016. Kate is a puzzle-loving data geek who plays a key role in enhancing the experience of our customers from the beginning of their journey to the finish line and beyond. Her focus is perfectly tied to our mission, to provide extraordinary endurance experiences for our customers.

Like Jessica, Kate tends to favor shorter sprints and enjoys playing inline and ice hockey, as well as tennis, golf, and tossing a football around. Her competitive spirit also allows her to win pie-eating contests, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of her healthy lifestyle. Kate currently resides in Anaheim, CA, but you may find her at any local karaoke bar rapping to her favorite: Eminem.

Careers

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Current Job Openings:

Account Executive, Business Development