Port Washington (NY) Moms on the Run duo Nicoletta Gargas and Laura Neville have been friends for more than a decade and running partners for just over a year. One year after joining Moms on the Run, they ran their first half marathon to celebrate their half-century birthdays.
Nicoletta shares: "I still cannot believe that we ran a half marathon. It seems so surreal. Thanks to Moms on the Run and my amazing friend and running partner, Laura, it was possible. I also need to mention my husband, Tom. He was very supportive!"
Read on to learn as Nicoletta shares more of their story.
Because friendship is part of our motto, we love to hear stories of how our members connect on the trails. This month's Most Inspiring Members from Shoreview (MN) Moms on the Run connected on the trails with similar pace times, but it was the journey of international adoption that cemented their friendship. When one person's life challenge can be used to help another person through that same experience, everyone benefits, and Krista and Cari are an example of that. Read on to learn more about each of their stories.
What do you do if you're training for a marathon and on the day you are signed up to do a 17-mile trail race, a freak April blizzard cancels your plans? Well, if you're this month's Most Inspiring Member, you run anyway, of course!
On May 5, Eau Claire Moms on the Run member Sarah Kleven will run the Eau Claire Marathon. As part of her training, she signed up for the 2019 Zumbro Endurance Run, a trail race that takes place in southeastern Minnesota's bluff country featuring high bluffs, deep river valleys and rugged terrain. Unfortunately, race organizers ended up cancelling the race because of a spring blizzard that wreaked havoc in the area. Sarah was devastated.
"I checked my email at 3 in the morning and may have shed some tears," Sarah recalls. "I've wanted to run Zumbro for a couple years. It's been on my radar ever since I watched some of my MOTR friends do it."
Our Moms on the Run story is quite special: What started in a park with a group of moms just wanting to run a simple 5K has transformed into a nationally franchised running company with 50 locations in nine states. We have helped transform thousands of women's lives, and in turn, the lives of their families. Welcome to Moms on the Run. If you've been searching for the motivation to get your start as a runner, this program is for you! And if you've been running for years and want additional challenge and motivation, we have advanced training for you, as well.
Watch our story, then find a location near you to join us! We welcome women of all ages and all levels — and, you don't have to be a mom! If you're a bit hesitant to try us, we have a great opportunity for you. Many of our franchises nationwide will be offering a new variety of trial programs or trial classes this month, so check out our locations page to contact the franchise nearest you. If you don't see one, why not contact us about starting up a Moms on the Run in your community?
Maple Grove Moms on the Run was featured this month in an articled titled "Fitness and Friendship: Maple Grove Moms on the Run offers fitness to busy women" in Press & News.
Franchise owner Sheila Kenyon summed up the 'why' of Moms on the Run at the end of the article: "Maple Grove moms should join Moms on the Run if they are looking for a community within their community where they will feel supported in their fitness goals, want to surround themselves with positive, upbeat women who enjoy being involved in their community, and just want to have fun."