Miraculously just seven years later, in my mid 20’s, I started running and, in 1998, completed my first marathon. After running numerous marathons (including Boston twice, with a PR of 3:28), I turned my attention to triathlons. Competing in my first half Ironman in 2009, I discovered my true strength lies in endurance sports. Since then, my focus has been half and full Ironman distance races. I’ve raced eight full Ironman races, including two World Championship Qualifications at Kona in 2014 and 2017.
Giving back to the community is important to me. I’ve served on the Board of Directors of Girls on the Run (GOTR), the GOTR Development Committee, and the North Carolina Children’s Hospital Board of Visitors. Before my board position on GOTR, I coached girls ages 8–12, using running and physical activity to unleash their confidence while establishing a lifetime appreciation of wellness, physical movement, and positive lifestyle choices.
My most important role in life is being a wife and mom to my two children. Jim, my husband, is an entrepreneur in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and he runs marathons, 50-and 100-mile ultra races. I’ve enjoyed helping him navigate his fuel plan for a 24+ hour race. Most recently, he completed his travels to every country recognized by the United Nations – 193 and went to space with Blue Origin.
My son, Kenan, 24, graduated from Georgetown University and lives in Austin, TX. I’ve found some great running routes on my visits to Austin. My daughter, Karsen, 20, is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill. We are empty nesters but have our furry babies at home to fill us with love and cuddles while our kids are out living their best lives.
If you aren’t a cat lover, don’t hold this against me, but I fostered 4-week-old kittens during Covid and became a foster fail. I fell in love with this little fellow, and although, in the beginning, I saved his life, he has saved mine by bringing my family and me so much joy every single day. Meet Kimba, and our dogs, Scout and Lily.