Where do you live?
Mount Pleasant, SC (Inside IOP connector)
Are you a runner/ walker/ biker?
I am an Ironman Triathlete that has become a walker for a while do to an injury, but mainly run, bike and swim all year long!
What do you do for a living?
I am a third year graduate student at MUSC studying drug discovery for Pancreatic cancer therapy.
What inspires you?
People who have lost so much and given everything they have for our country to keep us free, and still persevere to continue with things like completing IRONMAN races or even just still go above and beyond after they have already done so much.
Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run? I want to represent the run because this is part of my life. Growing up biking and running in Charleston has been my life’s passion. I bike over the bridge to connect from Mount Pleasant to downtown to James Island multiple times a week as well as run across it on weekday runs. It is part of my life and has been for a while .I want to represent the run to share my experience with everyone in the low country and show them what they are missing out on!
All my life I have been overweight and not been able to have the satisfaction of running like all my friends. In the 9th grade, I failed the mile run test in gym, and had to retake it. After this moment, I decided to make a change in my life, for myself as well for my health. I dropped close to 80 pounds in just 1.5 years and started running cross country and biking every day. This was a lifestyle switch where my diet, and exercise had to go hand in hand. After 7 years of participating in triathlons, I have been able to work my way up to be able to compete in the IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua, Kona, HI in 2013. This was the greatest moment in my life. If I can inspire just one person to lose the weight and find a passion for exercise such as mine, I know I have made the world a better place. Exercise is key to living a healthy and long life. I want to inspire each and every person who look at me and say “I could never do that”. If everyone just knew where I came from, they might change their mind. The 2013 Ironman slogan was “Anything is Possible”, and I am a true example that truly anything is!
What’s your favorite thing about living in the lowcountry?
My favorite thing about the lowcountry is the weather. We are so lucky that we are able to bike, run, swim, fish, surf, paddleboard, etc. all year long! Many places are so seasonal with all of their outdoor activities, but not Charleston. I was born and raised here, and do not think I will ever leave if I can help it! It truly is an amazing city.
How can people connect with you?
I love having conversations with people about any form of exercise as well as Ironman training, goals and planning etc. People can connect with me via facebook or email at: