We truly have some rock stars at Moms on the Run. Beth Jensen, franchise owner and coach of Shoreview/White Bear Lake Moms on the Run, is one of them. You've heard her name before. In August, we named Beth as Twin Cities' Most Inspiring Coach for 2019 (read her story here). At that time, she was training for two big fall races: a 50K and a 100 Miler. Two weekends ago, she ran the Savage 100 — a 100 mile trail run in a suburb of Minneapolis. With incredible crew support from her Shoreview/WBL MOTR team, Beth hit the trails in the middle of the night. But it's what she would do over the next 76 miles that would show her rock star status. Spoiler alert: She didn't cross the finish line the way she had hoped. Battling a shin injury, cold temps, nausea and mind games, she was disappointed in the results. But she nearly ran a triple marathon in 26.5 hours, and throughout her miles, taught the rest of us how to be a smart runner and listen to your body — and that is what truly makes her #MOTRstrong. We asked Beth to share her race story, and here is her report.
Two years ago, if you would have told Sarah Hammer, a member of Eden Prairie (MN) Moms on the Run, that she would not only be a runner but an ultra-marathoner, she would have told you you were crazy. With the help of Moms on the Run, Sarah has completed five ultras and her goal of finishing a 50-mile race by the end of 2019. We found her story so inspiring we named her October's Most Inspiring Member. Read on to learn more of Sarah's inspiring journey, in her own words.
At Moms on the Run, our volunteer and head coaches are critical to the success of our program. At every location around the country, we have amazing women who have a passion and zest for running, who are committed to helping our members class after class, and who encourage and uplift each member — no matter what level they're at. There are so many women who continually impress us, year after year. This year, Beth Jensen, owner and coach with White Bear Lake /Shoreview Moms on the Run, is our 2019 Twin Cities' Most Inspirational Coach.
Selected from some amazing nominations at our annual Celebration Event last weekend in Minneapolis, Stephanie Hoffmann is Moms on the Run Twin Cities' 2019 Most Inspirational Member.
A new member this season to Moms on the Run, Stephanie says, "It's hard for me to take such an honor, but I truly am touched and I hope that my story can help others feel more safe to share their struggles. Maybe on a run, maybe over coffee, maybe over text...whatever that is, Moms on the Run is a safe place to start the process of sharing and also getting healthy."
Read on to find out why Stephanie, a member of Burnsville/Lakeville Moms on the Run, is so inspiring.
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.