From: Oceanside, NY
What do you do for a living?
Cell Genetic Technologist. I grow and then study people’s chromosomes to look for any abnormalities. My main focus is Pediatric Oncology with the Cohens Children’s Hospital working on bone marrows to detect leukemia.
How did you first connect with The Herren Project?
Pete Navatto. We did the Blue Ridge Half in 2014 together. I have never felt so strongly connected to a charity before and I am glad to continue to be a part of it.
Who’s one of your running or athletic “heroes” and why?
Am I allowed to say Pam Rickard? She’s quite legit and strong and I aspire to be more like her every day. I love Kara Goucher, her honesty about the sport, her outspokenness to keep it clean and fair, and what role she plays in it. There are too many to pick one, but those are top 2.
What’s your favorite running/race distance?
Half Marathons. I love that I can keep myself in shape to go out and run 13.1 miles on any given day.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the fact that I went from someone who in July of 2011 wanted to cry when Couch to 5k said to run for twenty minutes straight to March of 2016 and completing my first 50k. Also, I am proud of those moments in between when I began to believe in myself and call myself a runner.