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 LP, 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 20+ 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 four successful Los Angeles Marathons, providing a world-class experience to 24,000 athletes while 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.

Murphy Reinschreiber

Murphy Reinschreiber

Chief Operating Officer

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

Murphy oversees Conqur’s business and team 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 for such brands as Ironman, Challenge and IMG, and represented athletes who won more than 50 world championships.

Murphy has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin (cum laude), a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law (cum laude), and a lifetime of experience in sports. His sports background is swimming -- he was successful at all levels of that sport, including a top-15 World Ranking, and high school and college All-American awards. Murphy also raced more than 100 multi-sport events as a journeyman professional triathlete.

Stacy Embretson

Stacy Embretson

Senior 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 60 marathons, 3 Ironman triathlons, numerous half-marathons and three ultramarathons.

Claudia Gliga

Claudia Gliga

Senior Accountant

Favorite Race Distance: 5K
Preferred Non-Running Activity: Pilates
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Griffith Observatory
Best Cheat Food: Cheese & Wine

Claudia is one of the newest members to the Conqur team, but she comes with a wealth of experience in multiple fields ranging from entertainment to real estate. Most recently she worked as an accountant at The Jim Henson Company and prior to that she worked for several years at JRK, a real estate company, in their finance department.

She’s been in Los Angeles since 2009 and is originally from Transylvania. She’s a fitness enthusiast and when she's not crunching numbers, you can find her exploring her artistic side as she draws or paints.

She currently resides in West Hollywood where she is working on adding her own star to the Walk of Fame.

Carleigh Moore

Carleigh Moore

Manager, Commercial Relationships & Marketing

Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon
Preferred Non-Running Activity: Painting
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Griffith Park
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 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 bachelor’s degree in Art and master’s degree in Sport Management before joining Conqur Endurance Group in 2013. In her tenure at Conqur, Carleigh has worked closely with sponsors, business development & marketing.

Carleigh has competed in over 40 endurance events including 70.3 Triathlons, Century rides & numerous running events. When she's training, Carleigh loves being creative and producing incredible art. We're still trying to convince her to paint the long-awaited Conqur Endurance Group mural.

Nathan Szwerdszarf

Nathan Szwerdszarf

Senior Manager, Marketing

Full Bio coming soon!

Joe Castellaneta

Joe Castellaneta

Manager, Operations & Expo

Favorite Race Distance: 400 Meters
Favorite Non-Running Activity: Snowboarding
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Dodger Stadium
Best Cheat Food: Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Originally from Long Island, New York, Joe moved out to Long Beach to join the Conqur team in October 2017. His decision to flee the cold winters for 72 and sunny proved beneficial for both our company and our athletes. Joe's experience working in television production and the obstacle course racing world has allowed him to make an immediate impact, executing flawless expos in Pasadena and Los Angeles.

When Joe isn’t managing operations, he is busy trying to become the world’s most interesting man. He is an adventure enthusiast whose goal is to cross off a bucket list item every month. His bucket list includes rafting the Grand Canyon, and base jumping the Troll Wall. He spends his weekends staying active outdoors, where you can find him playing sports in the sand and sea. He is currently the reigning Conqur ping pong champion and open to all challengers.

Melissa Christian

Melissa Christian

Manager, Non-Profit & Community Partnerships

Favorite Run Distance: 4 miles
Favorite Non-Running activity: Yoga
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Santa Monica Pier
Best Cheat Food: French fries and IPAs

Conqur was lucky to welcome one of its newest members, Melissa, to the team in March 2018. This Pittsburg, Pennsylvania native escaped the mountains and pine trees to move west and live the beach bum life. A former Disney World employee, she effortlessly brings that joy and enthusiasm to the Conqur office.

When she isn’t managing our Non-profit, community relations, and Charity programs, you can find her on her paddleboard and/or doing yoga (yes, she combines the two). She is not only the reigning female ping pong champion, but also the first female winner of Conqur’s doughnut mile.

Melissa has completed 2 marathons, 10 triathlons and multiple running events, and when she’s not participating herself - she’s cheering on her two daughters in their cross country meets and soccer matches.

Alexandra Bristol

Alexandra Bristol

Business Development Coordinator

Favorite distance: Freestyle but currently in training for a half-marathon!
Favorite Nonrunning activity: dancing
Favorite LA landmark: Santa Monica Pier
Best Cheat food: Mac and Cheese

Growing up in the South Bay, Alexandra tried several sports from basketball and volleyball to softball and soccer. She found a love for dance in high school and it stuck. Alexandra has been performing on the Senior Company at Precision Dance Company in Lomita for six years. It was in 2015 as a volunteer that she found the endurance industry and is now currently training for her first half marathon.

Originally wanting to be a preschool teacher, Alexandra graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies and Family Life Education, and minored in Event Planning and Management.
She made her mark at Conqur as the Business Development Intern in October 2017 and recently joined the team as Business Development Coordinator working closely with sponsors, expo sales, and marketing efforts.

Jenna Crawford

Jenna Crawford

Marketing Coordinator

Favorite Race Distance: Marathon
Favorite Non-Running Activity: Reading
Favorite Los Angeles Landmark: Echo Park
Best Cheat Food: Ice Cream

Jenna is one of the newest members of the Conqur Endurance Group team. She’s been in Los Angeles since 2014 and is originally from Portland, Oregon. She’s an avid runner and loves meeting new people. When she’s not curating digital and social media content you can find her active with the various running groups in Los Angeles.

Although Jenna's current running goals focus on long distance racing, she assisted in the ideation of Conqur's first annual Donut Mile and brings creativity and passion to the Marketing team.