Tips for being safe and comfortable when running in the rain
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I grew up in a small farm town in Northwest Ohio, Swanton. Soon after finishing high school, I moved away and began running more competitively. Alongside running, I also competed in Winterguard International (WGI) at a World Class level until I was about 21 when I began focusing solely on running. WGI is pretty similar to rhythmic gymnastics, with some ballet technicality. My running took me all over! I lived in Wilmington, NC for a few years while training and abroad in Stockholm, Sweden for a short time as well.
I landed in Philly in 2017 (literally, my flight back to the United States landed here) and I've been here ever since! I fell in love with the city immediately. I've spent the last 5 or so years working in a mix of Training and Organizational Development, and have a few years of experience in the Running Industry under my belt. I saw an area of improvement in ways the community could be served, so I decided to step away from my role and founded a new group in Philadelphia, Queer Run. I am the acting Executive Director, being supported by my lovely co-leaders Aaron Nixon and Sarah Tampio. I oversee everything from managing the social media channels, creating and maintaining the website, coordinating local events & partnerships and managing budgets. I am also a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach and a HOKA Flyer, representing the brand at regional events and races.
I live in the Bella Vista area of the city with my partner, Jake. I've gotten into ultra running more the last few years, venturing into the 24-hour and 100 mile races, with some upcoming fall races like the Javelina Jundred 100 near Phoenix, AZ and the City Invincible Track Ultra 24-Hour race in Camden, NJ, training takes up a large chunk of my free time. But when I'm not running or training, or maintaining Queer Run, I love a good board game, gardening, playing my guitar, or laying on a blanket in the park while sketching.
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