What is Run With Endurance?
RWE is a Christian-based organization that reaches out to our community and beyond through fellowship and fitness to encourage others to be who God created them to be.
We want to meet people right where they are and run along-side them on their unique journey to achieve their personal goals.
Casie Dussia is the founder of RWE, a movement that was started in October of 2010 with one purpose in mind: Educate and motivate women to live their lives with purpose through God's word and physical fitness.
Casie lives in Southwest Michigan with her husband of 22 years, John and 17 year old son, Jase.
Casie owns and operates RWE Healthy Living, a health food and wellness store and is also a personal trainer and nutrition consultant. She enjoys running, powerlifting, coaching, marketing, and writing. The ideal day for Casie is spending time with her husband and son cruising around in the Camaro!
Casie has a passion for health and fitness and has made a commitment to help other women become healthier. Her goal is to equip those in need with resources to grow their spiritual and physical endurance so women can be their authentic selves with confidence. Casie meditates often on Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Contact Casie - Casie@RunWithEndurance.net
Karen Raseman is RWE's local coordinator and an RWE Run Camp team leader.
Karen resides in Southwest Michigan with her husband, Jim and their three boys, Ethan, Alex, and Liam.
Karen enjoys her work as a substitute teacher in local communities. In her free time, she likes to run and strength train. She also loves to spend time with her boys hiking at the local nature center, riding bikes, and simply goofing around.
Karen is passionate about helping and serving others. She loves to see women discover their true potential. Karen's favorite scripture is Romans 12:11-13: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Contact Karen - Karen@RunWithEndurance.net
Allison Bush is an RWE Run Camp leader and local route coordinator. She also assists with member correspondence.
Allison lives in Southwest Michigan with her husband of 20 years Shawn. Together they have two sons, Caleb who is 19 and Ryan who is 17.
Allison works for Allegan County Head Start and has been working in early education for more than 16 years.
An avid runner for approximately 15 years, Allison also enjoys reading, participating in Zumba, spending time with family and friends, and scrapbooking.
Allison's positive energy is evident when helping others achieve their running goals. This leads to her favorite inspirational quote: "The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other,... but to be with each other." Christopher McDougall
Contact Allison - Allison@RunWithEndurance.net
Val Erlandson is the RWE Family Fit Club leader, an RWE Run Camp team leader and assists with RWE social media and member correspondence.
Val and her husband Chris have been married for 13 years and reside in Southwest Michigan with their three children, Olivia, Hannah and Grady.
Val has been a massage therapist for 14 years and is the owner/operator of Point 2 Studio Massage Therapy. She has had an interest in health and wellness ever since a health class she took in college and recently became a certified nutrition consultant.
Val has always been an active person, skiing at the age of three and playing soccer from the time she was six. In addition to running, she also enjoys strength training and volleyball. Val is currently a girl scout leader and a member of the AYSO board.
Matthew 6:34 reminds Val not to get too far ahead of herself with worry and take one day at a time: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own.
Contact Val - Val@RunWithEndurance.net
“Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1
This piece of scripture is extremely close to my heart. About 9 years ago, I began running as a form of exercise. I started out running about 2 miles at a time 3 times a week, then 3 miles at a time, then 4 miles at a time up to 5 times a week. I felt my body growing leaner, stronger. Every time I pushed past those uncomfortable feelings of sore muscles, burning chest, and side stitches, my endurance grew!
Looking back at that time, I now realize that my relationship with God was working in the same way. Every time I turned to God for strength, resisted the enemy, or stood firm in God’s word, my spiritual endurance grew! There were certainly times that I experienced uncomfortable feelings, just like when I’m running, and still do at times. But, patiently and faithfully relying on God continued to grow my endurance, and continues to keep me focused on the finish line!
God showed me through this journey how important it is for us to maintain all aspects of our health - physically, mentally, and spiritually - in order to achieve the beautiful plan He has for us.
I now use my endurance journey to help others. I recently began my Run with Endurance ministry to help women move forward boldly in their lives, with confident endurance, knowing God created each and every one of us thoughtfully and purposefully!
I am thankful that God continues to grow my endurance daily, physically and spiritually. I now run marathons, and each race and every training run in between, I run for God. It’s my little way of showing Him that I am focused and will never give up! I am ready to run this race with endurance!
A few of the many wonderful friendships made through running!