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#MOTRstrong Shout-out: Sarah
Eau Claire Moms on the Run coach Sarah McCutcheon's goal is to run a marathon in all 50 states by the time she's 80. She crossed Massachusetts off her list — her eleventh state — when she tackled Boston on April 19. Along with fellow coach Betsy Larson, Sarah ran the grueling, hilly course in the rain, finding it was even more difficult than she imagined. Sarah is one of several Moms on the Run members who ran Boston in 2023 — the 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Here's a look inside the day from her perspective.
Thousands of women have been a part of Moms on the Run over the years, but only one — besides our founder — has been with us since "Mommies in Motion," the original mom and baby fitness class in 2007 where the idea for Moms on the Run was born. That honor goes to Heather Mihm of Forest Lake Moms on the Run. Heather exemplifies our ideal of #MOTRstrong, and we're so grateful and proud to have her as a member and coach for 15 years! Read more of her story and learn why we're honoring her with a special 15th anniversary edition of Most Inspiring Member.
Five years ago, Rosalie Spahr began a journey that changed the trajectory of her life. She got the call that she had breast cancer. Shortly after completing treatments, and despite not being a runner, she challenged herself to run a half marathon in Florida in support of breast cancer research and helping families deal financially with breast cancer treatments. To further improve her health, Rosalie joined Pine City (MN) Moms on the Run and has loved the results. Not only has it taught her about running, but about who she is.
Jacksonville Moms on the Run member Vidya Ramachandran was featured on News 4 Jax for crossing the finish line of her first 15K, the Gate River Run. "V," as her teammates call her, joined Moms on the Run one year ago and committed to making time for her health and fitness.
Vidya said she attributes her accomplishment to the support of Moms on the Run— and the friendships she’s made as she put in the miles of training.
“However slow you are, or one day you just can’t get your legs to move, you will have somebody with you to run,” she said. “And it’s not just running. I find they are helping me build on my strength.”
We are so proud of Vidya and all of our Moms on the Run members in Jacksonville for conquering the Green Monster and finding they're #MOTRstrong.
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.
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