“I had the wonderful privilege of growing up in a Christian home where I heard the gospel from early on. It wasn’t until I was 6 years old at our church’s VBS program that I realized that I was a sinner and in need of a Savior. I was baptized soon after and my parents have been great examples to me of godly living”
Ruth Steinbart entered her first season as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams in 2013. Her goal for the teams is to produce better runners in a fun way. “A lot of people view running as a miserable activity and we’re trying to change that perception by incorporating fun activities that enhance the workouts. Activities like scavenger hunts and competitions between team members help with team bonding as well as getting a good workout in,” stated Steinbart. Under her leadership, the 2013 Men’s and Women’s teams both qualified for the NCCAA National Championships and placed 3rd and 4th respectively.
Coach Steinbart is assisted by Paul Zdroik (left), a 2:25 marathoner. Coach Paul works as the Youth and Program Developer at the local YMCA. He brings many years of running experience to the table, having participated in cross country and Track & Field in both High School and College. Some of Coach Paul’s accomplishments are: finishing 1st at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon (over 2,000 runners); finishing 76th at the 2013 Boston Marathon (over 36,000 runners); finishing 2nd at the 2014 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon (over 3,000 runners).
Steinbart, a 2010 graduate of Maranatha who now resides in Hartland, WI is a half-marathoner who also participates in several 5ks throughout the year. She also currently works in the athletic department as the Administrative Assistant.