Courtney has been a runner off and on since high school, but never like she is now! Performing as a dancer from the age of 3 through college, she used running for conditioning or during the summer when she wasn’t in rehearsal. These days she is loving her long training runs. Prior to training for Running with the Bears, she hadn’t run further than 4-5 miles. With a half marathon on the horizon, she has been watching the miles increase. Running her first 10 miler was a challenge that she’s gotten excited for. Courtney says it’s an amazing feeling to set out on a challenge and accomplish it by running further than she ever has before.
This is Courtney’s first time running with us. Recently at her Bowdoin College reunion Courtney was talking to one of her closest friends who is training for the NYC Marathon. She mentioned that she’s always wanted to do a half marathon but felt like she couldn’t. Her friend got very earnest with her and told her than anyone can run a half marathon if they do the training. She said the best feeling in the world is crossing the finish line. So Courtney decided to do it. After researching half marathons in California, she got very excited when she found Running with the Bears. Courtney’s prerequisites?? Running in a beautiful location, a beginner friendly course, before the end of summer, with a fundraiser she could believe in. In addition we’re a dog friendly race. As an animal lover and a proud Polar Bear (Bowdoin College’s mascot), she knew a race called Running with the Bears would be perfect.
Fundraising for Running with the Bears was top on Courtney’s list to train for a half marathon. The distance for the first time is a challenge, so having her efforts benefit Mountain Circle Family Services foster kids motivates Courtney when she’s out on a training run. Connecting with the Running with the Bears community has also been a very enjoyable aspect to this race. Having an opportunity to make a positive difference in both her life and the lives of others is a driving force behind Courtney pushing the distance.
Courtney has been a runner off and on since she was 16 (11 years ago), but truly felt like she became a runner when she completed her first 8 mile run.
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