Bio: 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 nearly 30 half marathons (and some marathons), 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 – something that once seemed impossible and terrifying.
I’ve had the great pleasure and opportunity of pacing all four GGHMs. I can honestly say that the experience of being a pacer and helping others achieve their goals are some of my favorite running memories.
Why Gazelle Girl:
I have run Gazelle Girl since its inception in 2013. I was amazed at what a great event it was, from start to finish throughout the beautiful city of Grand Rapids. Having it all-women is very special as well, remembering that there were times when women weren’t allowed to run in races longer than 800m.