Her Story: Jill Vollweiler, long-distance speedster

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Jill Vollweiler
Purchase, N.Y.

Age: 37

Sports: Marathon running

Profession: Running coach

How I got started in sports: As a kid I loved racing my dad across the yard. In school I was often the fastest girl in phys ed classes, and usually lapped the team in warm-ups for field hockey and lacrosse. I won my first race, a 5k, at 11 years old.

Favorite spot to be active: The hills in Bedford, N.Y.

Life/sport philosophy: Never quit. Just when you think you're sunk, your ship may come in.

Athletic highlights: Won the 2004 and 2005 Yonkers Marathon, running a sub-three hour of 2:55:12 in 2005.

Athletic goals: Qualify for the Olympic Trials by running a 2:47 marathon.

Favorite fuel: Before a race, Spark and Gu. Afterward, a huge salad with grilled shrimp or chicken.

When I'm not running, I'm: Working at my parent's winery, Sharpe Hill Vineyard, in Pomfret, Conn., giving wine tastings.

Other interesting facts: I have four terriers: Jack Russells Jake, Bailey and Blue and a West Highland white named Nicky. As a child, I wanted to be a veterinarian or an artist, but I ended up with a masters in exercise science and have found my calling in coaching student athletes.

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