From: Willoughby, OH
What do you do for a living?
I drive a School Bus. I live, breath, and sleep for my family, The Herren Project, and ultra-running.
How did you first connect with The Herren Project?
I met Pam for the first time when she just crossed the finish line at Burning River 100 in 2014. I heard a rumor she was going to run Beast of Burden in January of 2015 so I reached out via Facebook. I started seeing all her posts about mentioning The Herren Project but really was not ready to look at that with my first 100 miler in sight. I met Pam, in person for the second time, at Beast of Burden had a quick hug at the start and few times during the race where her joy and enthusiasm blew my mind. By the time I got home and had some time to think about going back to Beast for the summer event I knew it would be to support The Herren Project.
Who’s one of your running or athletic “heroes” and why?
When I think of heroes I think of everyday runners and people. Each person is battling their own struggles and personal demons yet can find a way to improve the day of another person, be it a smile, compliment, or a good deed for another person or group of people. While everyone is capable, not everyone does it selflessly, which is what a true hero does, at least in my mind. I can see this in action at ultra races where we encourage and check on our fellow runners as we pass to ensure they are doing okay.
What’s your favorite running/race distance?
I love ultras. I have many “favorite” races, yet each and every one has a special place in my heart. If I am in training mode my favorite distance is 15-18 miles with just enough suffering yet quick enough to not eat up a whole day.
What are you most proud of?
My personal growth. I have so much more confidence now and I know I can accomplish anything I truly set my mind and heart to.