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During our Run Arizona destination weekend Jan. 13-16, National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, hosted a live podcast for CTolleRun.com at the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona expo. Listen in as she chats with pro runner and author Sara Slattery, OOFOS' Whitney Krempin, and Moms on the Run founder Karissa Johnson. The group talks about their roles in the industry, how the sport has changed over time for women, parenting in sports as kids get older, how they were as athletes, where they’d like to see the sport go, and much more.
Moms on the Run is excited to host a live podcast during our Run Arizona destination weekend featuring Olympian Carrie Tollefson and Sara Slattery, speaker and author, head coach of men's and women's cross country for Grand Canyon University and successful NCAA and professional runner.
Sara is one of the all-time running greats from the University of Colorado; she graduated in 2003 with a degree in economics and earned a master's degree in secondary and adult education in 2005. She was a four-time NCAA champion, 10-time Big 12 champion and a 10-time All-American as a student-athlete, setting three school records (indoor mile, indoor 3,000 meters and outdoor 5,000 meters). In 2016, Sara was inducted into the Colorado Athletics Hall of Fame.
Sara was a professional distance runner, competing in national and international competitions. In 2007, she was the Pan American Games champion in the 10,000 meters in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She was an alternate for the U.S. team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and has been a member of other U.S. national teams.
Sara and two-time Olympian Molly Huddle co-authored "How She Did It: Stories, Advice and Secrets to Success from Fifty Legendary Distance Runners," an inspiring book about women's athletic achievements. A book signing will follow the live podcast; pre-order the book here.
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, will host the live podcast, with special guests Moms on the Run founder Karissa Johnson and OOFOS' Wendi Kremlin, at the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona expo on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m.
We are excited to welcome Jacky Hunt-Broersma, our featured speaker at our Run Arizona destination weekend. She will be speaking to us at our Sunday night dinner with an inspirational message titled "I can do hard things." Jacky is considered one of the most accomplished amputee ultramarathoners — completing 104 marathons in 104 days in 2022!
But she wasn't always a runner. In 2016, Jacky lost her leg to Ewing's sarcoma — a type of bone cancer. She said in an interview with CNN, "I thought runners were crazy...but I kind of just gradually got addicted to it a little bit." Now, her favorite running distance is 50 miles.
Jacky has garnered an impressive amount of records in a few years. Not only does she hold a few world records, she was the first amputee to take on the brutal TransRockies mountain stage race (Trail race) in Colorado — a brutal race that covers 120 miles and 20,000 feet of climbing and running. She also become the first amputee to take on the The Naturalist 25K trail race in Franklin, NC, which covers some of the most challenging terrain in the southeast and has a total of 5,500 feet of climbing.
If you are attending our Run Arizona destination run weekend, we can't wait for you to hear her inspiring story! Find out more about Jacky here.
When Debbie Campbell spied a group of women working out at a local park, she immediately told her husband she wanted to join them. She also distinctly remembers stating she 'hoped they weren't a running group.' Of course they were. She signed up anyway.
"I fell in love with this inspirational and accepting group of women at my first class," Debbie recalls, "and fell in love with running shortly after." That was just over a year ago, and now Debbie, a member of Eau Claire (WI) Moms on the Run, will tell you joining Moms on the Run has changed her life.
Read more about our conversation with Debbie and learn why she's our inspiring member for November.
Last weekend was Twin Cities Marathon weekend in Minnesota — and it was a beautiful fall day for a run! Congrats to all of our amazing women who trained hard and ran their hearts out — from 10 mile to marathon to Loony Challenge (5K, 10K + 10 Mile). Check out some of the fun photos from our cheer zone.