Meet Our Ambassadors and Founder



IJ9A8032Meet Chief Tour Ambassador Caroline Cook. She’s a running enthusiast, cheerleader for all things Grand Rapids, & history nut. An “idea” person, downtown dweller Caroline launched Grand Rapids Running Tours in 2014 as a dream come true. She LOVES meeting new people & showing off “her” city. You may also see her coaching for run specialty store, Gazelle Sports, or in the stands at MSU sporting events. Whether she’s leading or researching a tour, Caroline feels right at home and can’t think of a more delicious way to spend time.  Caroline is the main guide, and she will call upon the other ambassadors to assist, if needed.


IJ9A8002Meet Tour Ambassador Amy Kornoelje. She’s a well-rounded athlete who added running 10+ yrs. ago while training for a triathlon. She has since run multiple triathlons, nearly 20 marathons, oodles of 5K’s and every distance in between. A Calvin College educated accountant and employee of Ada Christian schools, she also counts miles for her running son and daughter as they compete on the XC fields and tracks. Married to a sports physician, she knows a few things about staying healthy and mobile.


Meet Tour Ambassador Dave Minier. As a life-long resident of greater Grand Rapids and a 20+ years running veteran, this guy knows Grand Rapids like the back of his hand. His favorite race distances are the 1/2 marathon & 50 mile ultra marathon. Dave LOVES running along the Grand River & stopping to enjoy the Fish Ladder.  Dave is Mr. Hospitality and will go out of his way to insure a pleasant experience for all runners.


IJ9A8020Meet Tour Ambassador Laurie Sienkowski. Devoted wife & busy mom to 4 active kids, Laurie is also a professional illustrator. She ran track in high school but admits that she really didn’t hit her personal best stride until she matured into a masters runner. Now you have to chase her. But being fast is not her only goal; staying active & healthy is her focus. Laurie enjoys discovering the changing landscape of Grand Rapids’ neighborhoods, as well as visiting its works of art.


Meet Tour Ambassador Linnae Satterlee. West Michigan’s very own “Running Fashionista”…she has equal love for jewelry, clothing, and physical fitness. Linnae has lived in Grand Rapids all of her life & raised 4 children with her husband. She has run long distance since circa 2010 – and always has a marathon on the horizon. Her favorite GRRT tour is the Young President Ford 10K for the incredibly interesting history. She says, “Wow, I am so proud that our city was home to a President!”


Meet Tour Ambassador Laura Howell. This running goddess figures that she has run in miles the equivalent of the circumference of the globe…training for 40+ marathons, ultra marathons & countless other events, including several Ironman Triathlons. Of late, she prefers “adventure” running so that she can experience unique places like Pike’s Peak and the Grand Canyon.  She says that’s why she loves the adventures she leads for Grand Rapids Running Tours.  Only these jaunts are in her backyard. Above all, she loves learning and healthy living.