Everyone at Arsenal Events is passionate about running. We understand the importance of a well organized and properly timed race and will do everything within our power to ensure that your race is a success. Our goal is to grow the race participation rate at the races we time and manage and to share our love of running with more people.
Owner and CEO
Kristen has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry. She has held a variety of positions in youth programming, finance, human resources, business development, leadership, and race management. She spent 10 years with the Rappahannock Area YMCA before joining the team at the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center when the facility opened in 2016. She held the position of General Manager of the Rouse Center for three years before leaving at the end of 2019. During that time, she managed two successful races: the Halloween 5K and Monster Mile and the Frosty 5K and Reindeer Run.
Kristen founded the Lewis and Clark Running Club at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Ladysmith, Virginia and was head coach for 8 seasons. She was a three sport athlete in high school and ran track and cross country in college. Unfortunately, Kristen's running days seem to be over due to a nagging injury, but she still enjoys working out at the Rouse Center and gets an occasional run in. Kristen lives in Stafford, VA with her husband, 3 daughters, 2 cats, and 2 dogs.
Neil has been timing races since 2017. While Neil has held a variety of jobs from Donut Maker, to Security Guard, to Shipping Clerk, he has found that race timing is the only job where he enjoys working in the rain. The best races in Neil's opinion are ones that have a Starbucks on the way.
After running Cross Country in high school Neil took a long hiatus before starting back up in 2008. In the time since, he has completed races from 1 mile all the way up to 100K. As much as he likes running, Neil has a passion for helping others accomplish their personal running goals.
Neil likes to read, write, watch tv, dabble in leather working and video editing. Neil is also fluent in dad jokes. He is married and has 1 son and 1 daughter.
Director of Operations
Ken has over 15 years of experience in data collection, computer programming, and automation. During that time he has set up and operated test equipment in temperatures ranging from -41F to 113F. What a guy. Ken has degrees in Chemistry and Meteorology, both of which serve no purpose now except as conversation pieces at parties.
Tragically, Ken's dream of playing third base for the Seattle Mariners was crushed at birth due to genetics that were incompatible with a career in baseball. Instead, he used his slow twitch muscles and lack of coordination to become a moderately competitive runner. He was a four sport athlete in high school and also ran Cross Country and Track in college. Ken still trains and competes in marathons as time and his aging body allows. Ken lives in Stafford, VA with his wife, 3 daughters, and more animals than he would like to admit.
John has been in the race timing business since 2018. His favorite thing about race timing is getting to spend time with his daughter, Maya, who also works for Arsenal Events. He also enjoys seeing the enjoyment the local running community gets out of coming together at local races.
An active runner for over 34 years, John got into running during his 21 years in the US Marine Corps. He may have done the coolest run ever when he ran a 21-mile training run to the base of the pyramids and the Sphinx while preparing for a marathon in Prague, Czech Republic.
John helps coach the Rappahannock Ospreys youth running club sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Running Club, and assists his wife who coaches at a local area high school, with their cross country and track and field meets. He also plays in a local over 50 co-ed softball league. John has completed his Road Runners Club of America Level 1 Coaching certification.
In addition to running John also strives to improve his photography skills by taking photos at local road races and track meets and he helps his brother compete in BBQ competitions in Texas.
Gabriella has over 5 years experience with race timing. Born and raised in Hungary, she was a sprinter for 12 years. When her kids started school, she helped out and later lead Chancellor Runners at Chancellor Elementary School. Nowadays, she likes running and competing on trail events, hiking and camping with her family.
Emily has over 6 years of experience in the race timing business. She is a student pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics but enjoys timing races in her free time. Most of her athletic competition experience has been in swimming -- competing for a total of 12 years. She also enjoyed a semester on a triathlon team in college.
Maya has been in the race timing business since 2018 and enjoys helping the running community share in one of her passions: running. She takes particular joy in timing children's races and seeing their excitement as they cross the finish line.
Maya has run cross country and track since she was in 5th grade. She started off on AAU teams such as MVP track and field, as well as FARC’s kids club, the Ospreys. She is currently a senior at Chancellor High School and has been competing for cross country and track for 4 years.
Her free time normally involves going on runs with my family or friends or playing the viola for my high school or one of several outside symphonies and chambers she has joined. Maya also renjoys traveling to new places and trying new exotic foods.
Maya has a mom. dad, and one younger sister.She also has two cats, the oldest is named churro and the younger one is named buñuelo.