The Lilac Bloomsday Association presents the 41st running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.
Our Virtual Training Partner for Bloomsday 2017 is Sarah Ranson. Here's Sarah's introduction:
"I began my athletic career as a competitive swimmer at age 5. In 6th grade I joined the cross country team and found out I was pretty fast. Running and swimming were my passion until it was time for college. After having athletic success on the State level in Pennsylvania in both swimming and running I hung up my cap and goggles and headed to the University of Missouri on a running scholarship. After a successful 5 year running career at the University of Missouri and a B.S. in hand I packed up for a warmer training climate and The Florida State University, and an opportunity to purse a M.S. in Sport Management and a Graduate Assistant coaching position with the track and Cross Country program. While at Florida State I found my passion in coaching, mentoring and encouraging other runners. I've been coaching runners ever since that year in 1996.
"Most recently I coached, challenged and encouraged the women of Spokane to achieve goals most never dreamed possible with the Swifts running team. Women who never dreamed of running a step in adult life, or after children, now have a healthy addiction to their daily run. Others who were High School athletes have found the swifts and have reignited the competitive spark. I believe in the power of group training, you push harder, go further and faster with a group than on your own. I push hard, harder than you want sometimes, because I know YOU are capable of more! The women of Swifts call me "Tinkerbell in Combat Boots." I'd say that's appropriate, and I LOVE it!
"I’ve run too many road races to keep track, almost as many half marathons and usually 1 marathon a year. My half marathon PR is 1:21 and my marathon PR is 2:51.
"I dabble with triathlons but running is my true passion and helping others to love running is what I do. As my athletes and clients achieve success and joy from their training I become even more motivated to pursue my own goals. I hope to become even faster today (as a Master's runner) than I was in my youth.
"Check into Facebook and Instagram often for training tips, race information, and fun running links."
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