From: Willoughby, OH
What do you do for a living?
I live, breath, and sleep for my family, Herren Project, and ultra-running.
How did you first connect with 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 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 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 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.