I spent time in the military and, ironically, we did not run much. I was in the Air Force and there is not much running in the Air Force. My first duty station was at the Pentagon so I had the opportunity to become familiar with the DC area. I began running more toward the end of my military career and after I got out I moved back to DC for a job. Once I moved, I saw signs around Crystal City advertising the Crystal City Twlighter 5K and registered, it was the second race I had ever run. I thought Twilighter was exactly was how all races should be organized and Pacers Running immediately gained my loyalty.
After my experience running Twlighter I ran Pacers races almost exclusively and bragged over social media about them. I got into volunteering at races at got to know the Pacers Events Staff. I was honored to become a Pacers Ambassador and through that experience gained a large, diverse group of runners who became my friends. I was, and continue to be, excited to rock the Pacers brand.
In 2013, I ran behind someone wearing a Team RWB shirt and after the race looked into the team. A lot of people find Team RWB during a rough patch, when maybe they need a new tribe, and that is how it happened for me. When I initially joined RWB I did not become involved right away but the mission statement appealed to me. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity; that mission struck me as family. When we are out wearing the red RWB shirt at events we cheer for each other, we meet up after the event; it puts a pep in my step when I see a fellow Eagle out on the course.
After joining Team RWB I met some Eagles who wanted to run their fist marathon. I wanted to help them train and help them stay accountable. As their training progressed they asked me why I was not running Marine Corps too? I could see myself getting stronger as I trained with them and if could get a bib to race MCM legally I said I would do it. On race day they insisted that I ran my own race and I thought maybe I could break 4 hours. I ran a 3:56 at Marine Corps and that accomplishment coupled with my friends meeting their own running goals is one of my proudest achievements as a runner.
Once I became more involved in Team RWB, while still maintaining my Pacers bias, I sent people to Pacers shop and register for the races. I put the bug in the ear of our leadership about partnering for Pacers Running. I have a vested interested in both parties, RWB and Pacers, and I am happy that we were able to negotiate a partnership to benefit both groups.