9:00 – Michelle Snay
I am your typical adult-onset runner. I began running in 2010 when I signed up for a 5k, not having any idea how much it would change my life. I crossed the finish line, and immediately went home and signed up for another. Less than 3 months after that 5k, I finished my first half marathon. It was official – I was hooked. And, after over 50 races half marathon distance or longer, I am still just as hooked!
It’s hard to say exactly why people get addicted to running. For one, there’s nothing that compares to the positivity and support around the running community. Also, the feeling of accomplishment of setting a PR is unmatched. A finish line is symbolic to overcoming adversity in your life. It’s doing something that you never thought you could do – surmounting a distance that once seemed impossible. Or maybe I just like being able to drink Two Hearted Ale without feeling overly guilty about it. (It really is the best beer in the world.)
I’ve had the great pleasure and opportunity of pacing many races, and I can honestly say that the experience of being a pacer and helping others achieve their goals are some of my favorite running memories, and looking forward to making more!