About Us

The team was established in 2008 to foster, teach, and coach women of all ages that reside in the Inland Northwest. Our goal is to organize and guide talented women runners, so that they may see their true potential not only with running but also in their life and the lives of their friends, families, and colleagues.

We have over 50 members on the team ranging in age from 20s to 60s running/racing a range of paces and distances. Our goal is for women to have the opportunity to work out/run with other women who want to get faster, improve their running/racing, and meet their running goals. Our warmup pace at practices is typically 8:30 pace or faster.

The typical Swift member is someone who LOVES to run, and enjoys the company of other women runners. We are all ambassadors for spreading the love of running while encouraging & supporting each other both on and off the “track.” In addition to running, we have a few social events throughout the year including an annual Christmas party, a Spring Bloomdsday BBQ and a Summer gathering.

Our male counterpart, the Spokane Distance Project, is an all men’s running team that we meet up with once or twice a year we do a “mixed relay” Tuesday night practice that includes fun and prizes! We also organize the Monster Dash 5k race each October in which all race proceeds go toward Active4Youth, a non profit that funds the elementary XC programs in all Spokane Public elementary schools.

Heather LeFriec, Team President

Heather grew up on Whidbey Island, WA, where she graduated from Oak Harbor High School. After being told she was too short for volleyball or basketball, she spent most of her high school athletic career as a varsity tennis player. It wasn’t until her junior year of high school when she started “jogging” in an attempt to lose weight. Her senior year, Heather and her twin Heidi (Bresson) decided to turn out for the cross country team for “fun.” Heather quickly discovered she was a much better runner than a tennis player. She won her first high school cross country race and went on to place 14th at the State 4A championships. She never returned to tennis, ran track in the spring and qualified for the state 4A championships in the 2 mile. She is still on the OHHS “top five 2 mile times” list with a best of 11:08. She was a 6 time letter winner in varsity tennis, varsity cross country, and varsity track.

Heather went on to Gonzaga University where she was the captain of the women’s cross country and track team from 1992-1995. She placed 4th at the West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships in 1992 and went on to earn All West Coast Conference honors in cross country from 1992-1995. She specialized in the 10,000 meters in track and went on to break the school record in 1993 with a time of 37:20 (it has since been broken) at Husky Stadium. Heather earned a Bachelors and a Masters of Education degree from Gonzaga University. She is currently a Fitness & Health Teacher at Lewis and Clark High School, and also serves as assistant girls cross country coach and assistant girl’s tennis coach.

After college Heather transitioned into the marathon. She ran her first marathon in 1995, went on to run her 2nd marathon at Boston in 1996 and has since completed 34 marathons (several of these races were done in a costume). She has ran over a dozen marathons at sub 3 hour and her marathon P.R. is 2:56.55. She took a two year “break” from running, learned how to swim (back stroke at best) and started competing in triathlons. She finished Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 2006 and 2007. Her personal best for Bloomsday is 45:14 (2002) and 37:18 (10k) at the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Ga. She has an 8k P.R. of 29:10 (Nordstrom Beat The Bridge), and 1:22.26 for the half marathon (Coeur d’Alene 2002)

Heather continues to race, and is most grateful to be injury free all these years. Heather is married to Andy “Frank” LeFriec (member of Spokane Distance Project) who also shares a love for running, and has a future runner on her hands with her daughter Madeleine.

Additional Board Members

  • Lindsay Burdett, Treasurer
  • Linda Jones, Vice President
  • Corrina Kelsey, New Member Coordinator
  • Jen Westra, Secretary

Team Sponsors