“I never met a running distance I didn’t like!”
Christine Snow-Reaser grew up in the oceanside town of Old Orchard Beach. She first took up running to get in shape for basketball in the summer of 1980, competing in the AAU track and Field Championship, where she won the 200- and 400-meter dashes. After having achieved this early track success, Christine competed in cross-country her freshman year of high school. Her first state championship came during indoor track, where she won the 600-meter dash setting the state record at that time. Christine battled through injuries and illness the next year but got back on track her junior year, winning the Class C State Cross-Country Championship. She competed in the AAU Nationals that year, earning All-American honors in Kansas. She continued her winning ways in outdoor track and field, taking the mile at the Class C State Championships and placing 3rd, in the 3000 meters, at the AAU Nationals at the University of Notre Dame.
During Christine’s senior year she won the Class C State Championship a 3rd time in a row, and finished 3rd at the T.A.C. National Championship, leading her Maine team to a national title. One of her greatest running accomplishments came on the Bowdoin College campus, in 104-degree temperatures, when Christine won the 800, 1600, and 3200 meters, leading the Old Orchard Beach girls team to their first State Championship Title ever, an event governed by the Maine State Principals Association. She set the Class C record in the 3200 meters that still stands today, at 10.53. That summer Christine won the 10,000 meters at the Junior Olympics at LSU, with a time of 35.30 and she was featured in Sports Illustrated Magazine’s “Faces In the Crowd.” Christine continued her stellar running career, earning a scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University. There she led her team to four Ohio Valley Conference Cross-Country Titles, winning two individual titles her freshman and senior years. She set two school track records, in the 2-mile and the 3000 meters. She was also a member of the 4 x 1500 meter relay team – a team that set a national record at North Carolina State University.
When Christine was finished her collegiate career she was one of the most accomplished runners ever to run for Eastern Kentucky, and was chosen as a member of the All-Time Ohio Valley Conference Team. After college Christine turned her focus to road racing and marathons. She placed 3rd two times at the Marine Corps Marathon, in 1989 and 1991 respectively. In 1991 Christine won the Columbia Marathon, dedicating her performance to her husband and brother, both of whom were serving in the armed forces, in the Gulf War.
Christine came back home to her native Maine in 1993 and has won numerous road races and track events, setting many course records along the way. In 1996 Christine qualified for and competed in the Olympic Marathon Trials in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2001 and 2002 Christine won the Maine division competition for women at the Beach to Beacon 10K and, in 2006 after turning 40, won the Maine Masters Women’s Division, placing as 3rd overall master, at Beach to Beacon. With all her championships – from the 200 meters to 3200 meters, cross-country and the marathon – throughout her career, Christine is arguably one of the finest all-around runners ever to come out of the State of Maine.
Christine is a Registered Nurse. She lives in the town of Dayton, with her husband Rick, and three children, Mark, Erica and Luke.