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Sports: Running, track and field
Profession: Assistant coach, women's track and field, George Mason University
How I got started in sports: Competed in the Hershey Hall of Fame youth track and field program at 10 years old and got hooked. After watching the 1976 Olympics, I taught myself gymnastics. I went on to compete in gymnastics, track, cross country and cheerleading in high school.
Favorite spot to be active: Any place I can have a nice, safe run.
Life/sport philosophy: Follow your passion for as long as your heart desires. Don't let life's obstacles and people's opinions distract you from staying active, fit and healthy.
Athletic highlights: Four-time Olympic qualifier. I still hold five individual and three relay track and field records at the University of Tennessee, set in 1987. Won gold in the 1500 meter and silver in the 800 meter in the 1991 Pan-American Games. Won the Army Ten-Miler in 1998, 1999 and 2003.
Athletic goals: Be the first woman to win four Army Ten-Miler races and set masters track and field records.
When I'm not running, I'm: Taking care of my two daughters, Virginia and Kyah, husband, Les, and college athletes.
Favorite fuel: Chocolate mint Zone bars, raisins, Rice Krispies and soy milk.
Other interesting facts: I love to grow sunflowers and build doll houses.