Let’s Get to Know … Mariya Batishcheva

Originally from Belarus, Mariya Batishcheva (some of you may know her as Mariya Sorensen) has found a home away from home in the Milwaukee running community.

Through participating in fun runs and build-up runs to running and pacing races, Mariya says running is a great way to meet new friends.

Read on to learn more about why she started running, current goals and why no one should shy away from a group run!


Age: 27
Years running: 4
Favorite workout: Leg workout 🙂
Favorite gear: My Garmin watch
Pre-race routine: Set multiple alarms 🙂
Favorite post-race treat: Popsicle
Favorite distance to race: 13.1
Favorite inspirational running quote: “You will never regret reaching your goal. You will only regret giving up and not trying harder.”


Why did you start running? What’s kept you running throughout the years?
My honest reason why I run: Running is good for my brain. After a run I’m happier and better able to handle ups and downs in my life. Also I like to set a goal and work toward it – that keeps me going 🙂

I know I will never quit running, because it’s my perfect excuse to buy a lot of shoes. Please don’t tell my hubby! LOL

Fill in the blank: When I run, I feel …
Free, strong and healthy 🙂


What running goals are you looking to tackle in the next few years?
I’m intrigued by what my body is capable of…I just finished my first 50K on July 11th and I had a blast. Maybe a 50 miler is next?!


How are you involved in the local running community? What prompted you to get involved?
I’m a member of two big running clubs: Badgerland Striders & Milwaukee Running Group (OMG). I decided to join because running can be a boring and lonely sport, out there running on your own. The vocal and moral support from teammates can often be the difference between a good and a great run.

I’m really happy I decided to join those clubs. It opened up my mind to trying new distances and races. I learned how other people train, race and eat. Also, I gained extra motivation that keeps me from cutting a run short. I think it’s incredible how many runners I met and became friends with in a past few years.


Sometimes people are intimidated to come to a running meetup – what would you tell these runners to encourage them to give it a try?
1. You can meet like-minded individuals.
2. You’ll hear about the latest running events and news.
3. You’ll be running as a team, not on your own.

Where are your favorite places to run in Milwaukee?
I love to run down by the Milwaukee Art Museum.

What are some of your favorite Milwaukee races?
This is an easy answer: Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon! 🙂

What makes Milwaukee a great place for runners?
I believe Milwaukee is a great place for runners because the variety – a lot of beautiful parks and trails.

Thanks for chatting with us, Mariya!

If you’re a runner in MKE, we’d love to chat with you. Send us an email at keeprunningmke@gmail.com if you’d like to be featured or know someone who should be featured in an upcoming Let’s Get to Know . . . post.

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

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