Gazelle Girl Half Marathon will always be a race near and dear to my heart. It was my first half-marathon in 2013 and the longest distance I had ever run. I left that race feeling so encouraged and motivated by women from all over West Michigan and beyond. Since that race, I’ve taken on handfuls of half-marathons and a few full marathons.

Running has completely changed my life. It has taught me so much about myself, time management, self-discipline, and how to go after big goals. I’ve set running goals every year that I’ve been running and accomplished these goals, thanks to pacers! Besides accomplishing goals myself, helping others accomplish their own goals is one of my favorite things to do! There is no better feeling than pacing others to a new distance or time PR.

The running community is one amazing place, as we’re all out here to better ourselves and help one another. Running has also given me so many friendships; I’ve met so many amazing people along the way, who I would have never met had it not been for running