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Toni was the first to create and use the #MOTRstrong hashtag in 2016, which as you know has become just huge since then! That’s why it seems really perfect to us that Toni is the first honoree in our new #MOTRstrong Inspirational Member series.
Married for more than 22 years and proud mom of two teenage boys, this year will mark Toni’s seventh season with Moms on the Run and her third year as an assistant coach. Head Coach and franchise owner Stephanie Van Heel says, “Toni is inspiring because she believes in everyone. She will reach out to those needing encouragement, offering kindness, compassion and the perfect amount of humor. She loves to celebrate the accomplishments of others and doesn't hesitate to call, text, post, or tell you how proud she is, or how much she admires you. She also believes in herself. She continues to take on challenges and work outside of her comfort zone. Toni doesn't ever take the gift of running for granted.”
Toni’s running story began back in 2009, when her sister asked her to run a Thanksgiving 5K with her. Despite never having run, she thought,“How hard can it be?” and signed up. “Let's just say I finished, but it wasn't pretty,” Toni recalls. She decided she could - and wanted to - do better, so she started running on her own after researching learn-to-run strategies and investing in an interval timer. Not quite six months later, Toni participated in her second-ever 5K, shaving six minutes off her time.