9:00 – Mary Hunter
I caught the running bug in 2012. After having a baby in 2013, running became my therapy. Being a parent is hard and running allowed me the freedom to run without a care in the world. I craved the time alone and embraced being a solo runner. It was thrilling to shoot for new distances and PRs. Since 2012, I have competed in ~75 races, with distances ranging from 5ks to marathons and eight 200 mile relays. I am always amazed at how much I have gained and benefitted from the running community, especially my female running friends. The support and knowledge of my fellow runners makes me want to give back to the running community.
As a pacer for Gazelle Girl in 2017, I was put in a position where many women put their trust in me to lead them to the end. After that race, something new was ignited in me. I realized that just a little encouragement can go a long way in a race. I want to be a Gazelle Girl pacer (again) because I want my fellow female runners to know that when they have a hard stop believing in themselves, I will continue to believe in them. And sometimes all you need is just one person to believe in you.