Nancy grew up in Meadow Valley and graduated from Quincy High School.  She first saw a Running with the Bears flyer at the expo for the California International Marathon in Sacramento.  She was excited about the idea of a marathon so close to her original hometown.  In June of this year, her Mom, Betty Wilson read an article in the Feather River Bulletin about the fundraising opportunity for Mountain Circle Family Services.  Her Mom was very excited about the idea of having her daughter run the marathon and help raise money for such a great cause.  Nancy coaches a high school ski and snowboard race team, so she especially liked the fact that proceeds go to a ski trip for teenage foster children.  She wants to see the participants be able to go more than once a year.

Nancy snowboarding at Mt Shasta

Nancy snowboarding at Mt Shasta

Nancy never ran more than two miles in high school, then bumped up to five miles in her 20’s, tried a half marathon in her 30’s and ran her first marathon in 2006 at the age of 41.  She likes the marathon since it’s slow and steady, but it’s fun to run a half marathon when she’s been training for a full.  Although Nancy has run since high school, she didn’t feel like a runner until she started running more than 5 miles in her 30’s.

Nancy and husband Darin  at Mt Shasta

Nancy and husband Darin at Mt Shasta

Nancy heard about us a few years ago and “Liked” us on Facebook to follow but this year her Mom reminded her of the race when she sent her the newspaper article.

Nancy and friends at Nike Womens marathon

Nancy and friends at Nike Women’s marathon

Nancy wanted to run the Bears race as a charity runner Running with the Bears Charity Running because of the excitement her Mom and sister had about the idea of her running it.  Nancy wholeheartedly agreed that it was a great cause and wanted to raise money.

Nancy and friend Heidi at Boston Marathon

Nancy and friend Heidi at Boston Marathon

Nancy’s favorite thing about racing??  Chocolate milk at the finish.

Donate to Nancy’s page HERE