Meet our Elites
Adair Lyden | Andy Merrill | Brady Holmer | Courtney Rouse | Dan Stoner |Daniela Urzua | Dylan Nelson | Enoch Nadler | Georganne Watson | Gretchen Loyd | Hutson Rapier | Julia Buddendorff| Kate Egan | Kelly Griffin | Matt Taddeo |Max Jacobson| Michael Dougherty| Michael Rosato |Rae Powers| Ravi Kumar | Rob Robins | Roger Sutton| Stephanie McGrail |William Ritter| Zane Grabau
My hometown is Panama city, fl. I moved to Starke,fl, in the fifth grade where I started my running career a year later. I attended Bradford high school then later went on to run cross country and track for Ron Grigg at Jacksonville University. A few months after graduating from college I stumbled upon FTC and TeamFTC. The best part about both clubs is being surrounded by supportive people who love the sport just as much as I do. I am honored and proud to represent both clubs as I compete in the future.
When I was in 7th grade, I could run 1 lap around the track without stopping in gym class so I decided to go out for Cross Country. Thankfully, 1 lap quickly turned into a few miles of non-stop running and that has continued for the past 18 years. I ran cross country and track at Riverside Middle and High School in Pennsylvania, and also swam on our club and school teams. I attended Kutztown University in PA and ran Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track from 2004-2008. Under the guidance of Coach Ray Hoffman, I went from a walk-on in my freshman year to a 6x NCAA Division II Championship qualifier. After college, running became decidedly less competitive but still as enjoyable. My son, Griffin, was born in February 2014 and is seriously my biggest fan. You'll see him cheering everyone on at races and throwing out lots of high-fives. I still have some goals to accomplish in terms of setting PRs and I know that the Team FTC and Coach Enoch are the right people to get me there. I'm so excited to put a team uniform and represent Gainesville and all the inspiring people in it!
PRs: Mile(i): 5:14; 3k: 9:59; 5k: 17:15; 10k: 36:40; Half Marathon: 1:25:29; Marathon: 3:02
Enoch first found his love for running in the 9th grade at Keystone Heights High School. As a member of the track team, he took it upon himself to learn all that he could about running to help take him and his teammates to the next level. Enoch would go on to multiple top five state championship finishes and help his cross country team finish with its highest place in school history at the state meet. Upon graduation, Enoch was awarded a cross country/track scholarship to the University of Florida. At UF Enoch was a multiple All-SEC Conference and South Region Honoree. He was the captain of his Cross Country team and won numerous Invitationals around the southeast. Enoch still holds top 10 time records at UF in the 8k and Steeple Chase.
After College Enoch stepped away from running from 2008-2012 to pursue other passions. Upon moving to Dallas in 2012, Enoch began coaching himself again. From 2012 to 2014 Enoch coached himself and qualified for 2016 Olympic Trials in the Marathon event. He trained 85-100 miles a week and competed in both national and local track meets and road races. Enoch finished 30th in the USA Half Marathon Champs in 2013 and 22nd in 2014. In 2014 Enoch and his wife Angela took a travel sabbatical living abroad for 16 months. Enoch and his wife Angela traveled 5 continents before returning home to Florida to settle down and be closer to friends and family in late 2015.
Upon moving home, Enoch began volunteering with the local non-profit, Youth Combine and competed on the Youth Combine's record breaking relay team at the Five Points of Life Marathon. In August 2016, Enoch began coaching with the Florida Track Club and fell in love with the team coaching aspect. Soon after, Enoch and the Florida Track Club formed a partnership, and thus, Team Florida Track Club was born!Enoch continues to race often and can be seen fighting for the win with other local elite athletes. Enoch debuted in the Marathon in 2017 running 2:18:17 to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials.
Enoch's Personal Records: 1 Mile(i): 4:08; 2 Mile: 8:45; 3k Steeple: 8:54; 5K(i): 14:05; 8k XC: 23:46; 10k: 30:02; 15k: 45:01; Half Marathon: 1:03:54; Marathon: 2:18:17
While my commitment to competitive running is relatively new, I have a high-level of enthusiasm for the sport and for sharing that enthusiasm with others. I love competition and for more than a decade took on all I could as a competitive cyclist (road and cyclocross). But in the last 12 months, I have felt drawn to running like never before. In that span, I ran my first 1/2 marathon (1:27:09), Marathon (3:10:11), and 32.4-mile trail ultramarathon (4:21:54). All times are of course PRs. I did a few 5ks too and managed to PR at 18:08 in my last event.
I live for the feeling I get from exerting myself and pushing my limits and I'm overjoyed by the supportive atmosphere I find at group runs and races. At 43 and having spent a lot of time on the bike and still relatively little time running or running with a real plan (I'm on track for just a 700 mile year -- but 6K on the bike) I'm eager to get faster while I still can and to help my teammates and friends achieve their goals. I'm super excited about joining team FTC. I won't quit on a ride, run, or race -- but if I see a snake while doing either of the first two, do know I'll probably stop and check it out -- I'm a nature lover and biologist with a special fondness for the "lower" vertebrates.
A freshman at the University of Florida and Orlando native, Adair has been running for 8 years now and has loved every minute of it. Having achieved her personal records of 18:42 (5k), 11:13 (3200m), and 5:19 (1600m) at a very young age, Adair is excited to be a part of Team FTC Elite to not only improve in her running career but push others to achieve their best by joining this team. Go Team FTC!
I attended Denison University in beautiful Granville, Ohio where I ran Cross Country and Track. Denison is a D3 liberal arts college which was a good environment to mix academics with sports. My running performances were generally unremarkable in the grand scheme of things, although I did hold the school record in the Indoor 500 meters for a while (yes, that's 500m not 5000m!). I was poised to have a great senior year but ended up getting sick with mono during cross country season and then pulled my hamstring during outdoor track. I graduated Cum Laude in 1996 with a degree in Computer Science and Geology. My first job was in Information Technology and I have been working in some form of IT ever since. After college, the hamstring injury bothered me for a long time. I ran some but eventually got married and moved to Florida and had kids. I took at least 8 years off and developed a nice soft belly which was great for holding sleeping babies. However, once the kids started to grow up they got faster and at some point, I decided I needed to be able to keep up with them. I started running regularly again in 2010 and fell in love with it more than any time in my life before... and got injured almost immediately. That first round of injuries led me to the magic of barefoot running during the midst of the "Born to Run" craze. I did quite a lot of barefoot running during the next few years and still find it a valuable tool to prevent (or correct) running injuries. Now I am a Masters age runner and looking forward to many more years and the many more miles ahead of me. The good news about having a disappointing college finale is that I have hope to run about as fast as my younger self. I remember thinking how impossible it sounded to race 13.1 miles for a half marathon. Nowadays, I frequently run at least that much for a weekend long run. The marathon continues to be my nemesis. I think I am more of a short distance runner but I am also attracted to the challenge of the Ultramarathon. I enjoy running on trails and exploring new places on foot. I love Gainesville and our running community and I am proud to be part of a club and team that are growing the sport. I have a blog where I talk mostly about running and computer geek topics. http://thatlinuxbox.com/blog/
Looking back, it is evident I had early talent for long distance running; like when I beat all of the boys in the elementary school mile or went to soccer practice after a track meet and still wasn't tired. Although I participated in middle school track, I didn't consider running a year-round sport until high school, where I competed on both the cross country and track teams for Midland High School in the state of Michigan. After high school, I moved to Chicago, where I studied and ran cross country and track for Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). My first two years at IIT were a success with over a minute dropped from my high school 5k PR and 5 visits to NAIA national championship meets; however, my last two years were filled with intermittent injury, low mileage, and race times that were mediocre at best. After graduating with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, I found myself at the University of Florida for grad school. Luckily, I have found the Gainesville running community to be very welcoming and a positive influence on my training. I recently went back to visit Chicago and run the 2016 Chicago marathon (my first). I absolutely loved training for and racing this longer distance! However, I'm still itching to snag some old PRs in the shorter distances and I am confident that Team FTC and Coach Enoch can help with that!
PRs: 5k: 18:01, 10k: 37:19, 3k(indoor): 10:32, 3k steeple: 11:34, 1/2 Marathon: 1:30:53, Marathon: 3:04
After my love of running in High School developed, I continued to pursue my passion at the collegiate level at Northern Kentucky University (go Norse!.) There, I specialized in the 5k/10k during track and also ran cross country, my first love. Luckily, with the recent transition to Division I, I was able to travel the country to many competitive meets throughout my career and experience NCAA athletics at a level l that I could never have imagined. I experimented with mileage a lot in college, eventually building up to consistent 100-mile weeks, which I believe has always been the basis for the strength in my running. Staying injury free thankfully helped me develop a further joy in the sport of running. I received my Bachelor's degree in exercise science at NKU, and now currently find myself in the Ph.D. program at UF in the Integrative Cardiovascular physiology laboratory. I'm blessed to be able to study a topic that relates to my interests and really has implications for many areas of society; where we hope to find what underlies many maladies such as diabetes and obesity. Post-college running goals include a future marathon (far future!) and training with Team FTC Elite. I'm excited for the future prospect of some fast 5k's, 10k's, and half marathons. Most of all, I hope to use running to find personal joy and continue to chase the drive to improve every day.
PR's: 10k - 31:46, 5k - 15:16, 3k - 8:51, Half Marathon: 1:10:35, Mile: 4:32 (high school)
Running became a serious endeavor for me during my years at Eastside High School where I competed year-round in both cross country and track and field. This eventually led to a fascination with the physiological aspects of exercise and sports science, which I dedicated my undergraduate education to at the University of Florida. I took a break from competitive running during college, but managed to train for and compete in two marathons during that span. Since graduating in the Fall of 2016, I have revamped my running career with the help of Coach Enoch. Running has been and always will be a passion of mine, and I have loved getting back into the competitive and social aspects through Team FTC!
PR's: 1 mile: 4:28; 5k: 16:27; Marathon: 2:42
I started running in the fifth grade, mostly because I could beat all the boys, and I have been running ever since. I attended high school outside of Pittsburgh where I played basketball & soccer in addition to running Cross Country & Track. I went to Kent State University on a Cross Country scholarship, but unfortunately my career was cut short by a torn Achilles during my freshman year. It took almost 2 years for me to be able to run after surgery.
After graduating, I moved first to New York City for a job in a PR firm and then to Tampa where I worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning. When the NHL went on strike, I found myself looking for a new career, so I became the assistant cross country and the head track coach at Academy of the Holy names. I spent the next 9 years coaching and training with the girls. In that same time I had three kids of my own Maddock, Bray and Ridley.
In the summer of 2015, we moved to Gainesville, where my husband Mike is the Director of SEC Network Production for UF. I am excited to join Team TFC!
PR’s :1600m: 5:06; 3200m: 11:09; 5k : 17:37; Half Marathon: 1:22
A rower for Syracuse University from 1992 – 1995 I found running as a sport 11 years ago while living in Dallas. A current member of the Florida Track Club Board of Directors I like nothing more than sharing my love of running. I have yet to a race that I haven’t liked. I have completed 19 marathons since 2007. Training under Coach Enoch since January I have set new PRs in the 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon, and Marathon. I have had the honor of qualifying for Boston nine times and have run it three times. I love sharing running with others and one of my favorite things is to run someone’s first marathon with them. Team FTC is even more enjoyable because the diverse group sharing a passion for running. I look forward to representing Team FTC and cheering on my teammates and runners for years to come.
1 Mile: 5:39; 5k: 19:34; 10k: 41:17:00; 15k: 1:03:09; Half Marathon: 1:29:16; Marathon: 3:10:02
Georganne is originally from Lititz, PA where she was the 2003 Pennsylvania State Champ in the 800 meters running 2:09 out of high school and earning a scholarship to run for The University of Kentucky. Along with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, she received several All-SEC and All-Region track and field teams while running for the Wildcats. She was a SEC champion (DMR), 3 time NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters and 2-time USATF qualifier in the 800 meters. After college, she ran competitively for Brooks while pursuing her Master's degree in Education. Georganne took some time away from competitive running to start her career and her family. In 2013 Georganne and her husband Luke moved to Gainesville where they now have two children Declan and Kennedy. Georganne is an undergraduate Academic Advisor at the University of Florida and enjoys cheering for the Gators whenever they aren't playing Kentucky :) Georganne loves her Team FTC teammates she gets to train with as well as the atmosphere that Coach Enoch has created. The group pushes her to achieve her running goals as she is still setting PR's as a working Mom of 2.
PRs: 800: 2:05; 1500: 4:25; mile: 4:51; 3k: 10:21; 5k: 17:32; 15k: 58:34; half marathon: 1:22
I’m a native of Waterville, Minnesota and moved to Gainesville in May 2016 when I started a Research Professor position involving crop disease management at UF. My running career has been a steady progress to longer and longer distances. The marathon is my main event now, and I’ve now completed 12 full marathons.
After starting out as a slow mid-distance runner in high school, I moved up to the 1600 and 3200 events my junior and senior years and experienced moderate success. I attended Concordia University Nebraska for college where I ran cross country and track at the NAIA level. My initial objective was to participate in a team since I was going to run anyway. By the time I graduated, I had participated in 2 full marathons at the NAIA national championships and was part of an NAIA cross country national runner-up team.
After college, I returned to Minnesota for graduate school and started a habit of running two full marathons a year and numerous shorter road races for training. I’ve been fortunate to run in races both big and small including the Boston Marathon, Elysian Rookie’s Triathlon, Kansas City Marathon, 10Kato, Grandma’s Marathon, Hay Daze 8k, and Disney Marathon.
As a member of Team FTC, I’m enjoying being part of a team again. I’m looking forward to breaking past the 2:30 mark in the full marathon and helping others enjoy and succeed in their running endeavors.
Full marathon: 2:32:38; Half marathon: 1:12:53; 10k: 32:53; 5k: 15:38
I started running in 2011 with no goals other than to be healthy. I found the Florida Track Club and my running changed as I was surrounded by supportive runners. My running improved and I started to achieve goals that once seemed unrealistic. Now, with TeamFTC I find the same story happening again as my group of runners, and all around amazing people, keeps getting bigger.
My running career began in a stereotypical fashion, as I failed to make the soccer team my freshman year of high school. I showed up to the first day of cross country practice reluctantly, just looking for a way to stay in shape. However, I instantly found myself at home with the team, and I was excited by the incremental progress that I made each week. Throughout high school, I found success over the longer distances, and I soon fell in love with the sport of running.
Following high school, I had the opportunity to run for Bucknell University, where I specialized in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. At Bucknell, I had an incredible experience competing at the division one level with my teammates, who have become some of my closest friends.
I graduated with a degree in Biology, and have since taken a research position at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. After taking a brief hiatus from competing, I stumbled upon Coach Enoch and Team FTC and quickly rediscovered my passion for the sport. I now look forward to lowering my personal bests, taking on new challenges in the Half and Full Marathons, and sharing my love of running with others.
PR’s: Mile- 4:23; 3K- 8:49; 5K- 15:21; 10K- 32:00; Half-Marathon- 1:13
I am currently a sophomore at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park FL.
I started running as an offshoot from competing in triathlons (since age 9). As an 8th grader, I ran Middle School Cross Country meets unattached (my school didn't have a team) and won the title of North Florida Middle School Male Champion. I have also been recognized as the 2016 Male Youth Runner of the Year. As a Freshman runner, I was the #1 runner on my Varsity Cross Country team and set 2 school records in a successful first season. During the Outdoor Track season, I was also the #1 distance runner on the Varsity Team competing in the mile and 2-mile.
I have been fortunate enough to compete in the AAU Junior Olympics and Club Championships for four years running and am a 6 time Club Championship individual medalist, and a National Cross Country Medalist as well. This summer I was the AAU Club National Champion in the 2k Steeplechase, and followed that up with a Bronze Medal at the AAU Jr Olympics at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti MI where I ran a PR time of 6:34.14.
This season (my sophomore cross country season) I have broken my own school record 3 times.
Current PR’s: Mile - 4:41; 1500 - 4:24; 3200 - 10:07 ; 2k steeple - 6:34; 5k - 16:23
It is with much excitement to join Team Florida Track Club’s Elite team, representing Team Florida Track Club and greater Gainesville running community! I got into running because of my sister, Heather Rosato Kelley, who ran for Auburn University, who inspired me to run distance events back in high school. Growing up as a soccer player at a competitive level, transitioning to cross country and track and field distance races was a natural fit. However, after years of running and racing leaning on mostly talent alone, I only started to see my performance improve as I became a student of the sport, seeking advice from more experienced runners and coaches, many of whom I am still connected with today.
Throughout my years running, I have discovered that my favorite part of the sport is arguably the camaraderie in the community. We get to participate and race on the same days and courses with elites and professionals at the state and national road races unlike other popular sports we can only watch. Running truly is an all-inclusive sport that transcends all ages, genders, and people groups…and Gainesville, FL, my second longest homestead after growing up in Stuart, FL, is arguably one of the best running towns that embodies this positive, community vibe comprised of inspiring individuals. Each person I have competed against, trained with, and socialized with is truly unique, but there is one thing we have in common: running. No matter what speed it is, we can share stories, encourage one another, and be mentors for each other in life.
From 2014-2015, I was forced to take several years off from running and training due to injuries and surgeries. I discovered the time off was well needed, but not easy to accept as they were prime competitive running years I was missing. In hopes of making a comeback injury-free, I started with a triathlon training regiment, which is now another passion of mine and gave me a ton of respect for competitive swimmers and cyclist who log long miles at insane speeds. With a full summer tri season under my belt, I grew stronger and stayed injury free allowing me to focus on the fall 2016-17 running season at a competitive level again. It was a long road coming back which before that time, I ran PRs of 15:59 5k, 27:01 8k XC, 34:00 10k, 1:14:51 half marathon at Gasparilla, and a 2:47:39 marathon at Palm Beach, as well as completed the Boston Marathon twice in 2013 and 2014.
I hope to see some of these times fall in the future, and I know I can count on the Gainesville running community to push me to achieve my goals. Lastly, I would like to personally thank Enoch Nadler and Team Florida Track Club for this opportunity. I look forward to wearing the Team FTC Elite jersey proudly! Happy miles!
I started distance running in 2005 when I was a sophomore in high school in Rochester, NY. From there, I ran XC and Indoor/Outdoor Track for Division III SUNY Geneseo in western New York between 2008 - 2011. I moved to Gainesville to start Radiology residency at Shands in June 2016, and have had an amazing time training with Team FTC! Actually, I can’t remember the last time running was so enjoyable. I’m looking forward to at least 4 great years of competing and training with this awesome group!
PR’s: 1 mile - 4:38; 3200 - 9:58; 5K - 15:56; 8K - 26:45; Half - 1:17:36; Marathon - 2:58:56
Hi everyone! Since I’m 55 years old now, my story is a little longer than most on this team. I apologize in advance!
I started running competitively after clocking a 4:51 mile as a 13-year-old in Woodbury Minnesota. I continued with Track and XC through HS and that eventually led me to The University of Florida where I ran both disciplines from 1981 -1985. While at UF I was fortunate to be able to compete in many SEC Championships and by my senior year a National XC Championship and the USA World XC Trials. All of my lifetime PR’s from the mile to the Marathon were set during that 4-year span.
After college, I road raced for about a year but a ruptured Achilles effectively ended any aspirations of continuing at a high level. After surgery in 1986, I continued to run recreationally until 2002 when I decided to enter an ultramarathon. I ran my first 50-mile trail race in Raleigh, NC that year. Over the next 8 years, I competed regularly on trails at distances from 20 miles to 100 km. I set my 50 mile PR while winning the Croom Fools Run in 2008. In 2010, a recurrence of Achilles issues got the best of me and another reconstructive surgery followed.
After recovery, I switched to racing Mountain Bikes in 2011 and attained the USAC Cat 1 (Expert) license level in 2013. For the next 2 years traveling the US racing in the Masters Division on the National Ultra Endurance MTB Series. I might not have ever run again if not for a catastrophic accident in Jan 2015. A crash on a training ride resulted in several shattered neck vertebrae. Its called a Jefferson Burst Fracture (The same injury that paralyzed Christopher Reeves). Rather miraculously, I came out of the long surgery, hospital stay and year of rehab, able to walk. In Jan of 2017, I was cleared to exercise as long as there was no pain. Naturally, I started to jog again. Over the past 11 months, I have built up my fitness to the point that I am ready to race again. I can’t turn my head left or right due to all the titanium plates and rods holding my head in place but I can run and I am very thankful for that outcome.
Enoch has been very welcoming and I am eager to join Team FTC on some training runs and to start racing again.
PR’s: 1 Mile: 4:09, 5k: 14:27, 10k: 29:52, Half Marathon: 1:06:52, Marathon: 2:21:12, 50k(trail): 3:48:50, 50 Mile(trail): 6:41:52
I have always enjoyed running, but I didn’t start taking Cross Country and Track seriously until high school. As a freshman, I realized how much I loved focused training and racing, and I’ve loved it ever since. Coming to Gainesville for college has been an amazing experience, not only because UF is a good school, but also because it allowed me to find Team FTC! Working with Coach Enoch has been such a great opportunity, and running with the group has given me a chance to pursue my goals while also having a place to belong.
PRs - 1600: 5:11, 3200: 10:50, 5k: 17:03
An East Texas Native, now living in Tyler, Texas. I've been a runner for over 20 years, starting when I was 12 years old. I ran Division III cross country at UT-Tyler and East Texas Baptist University. After a college, I competed in triathlons up from sprint triathlons to 70.3 distances at an elite amateur level for nearly ten years. The past two years I went back to running only chasing old PR's. This past August, I had tarsal coalition surgery where I was born with a couple joints fused together limiting my range of motion and causing tendonitis in my foot. After surgery, I consulted with Coach Enoch and made sure he was the right fit for me and started working with him shortly after I could run again. In the short time, we've worked together I recently ran a 16:12 5k in the rain on slippery streets. This qualified for my third fastest ever 5k, just 14 seconds off a 13-year-old 5k PR. I'm excited for what the future holds. I have a supportive Wife, Calley and two sons, Rylan and Evan.
PR's: 2 Mile XC 10:16 (2016) ; 5K XC 15:58 (2005) ;5K Road 16:06 (2005) ; 3 Miles Road 15:52 (2017); 8K XC 27:12 (2006) ; 5 Miles 26:34 (2006) ; 10K Road 33:20 (2005); 15K Road 51:11 (2006) ; Half Marathon 1:15:09 (2012); 70.3 Half Ironman 4:19:54 (2010)
Running was a means to stay in shape for my competitive sports (softball and equestrian) in high school and maintain fitness in college. After graduating college, I started running more than three consecutive miles at a time and entered my first competitive 5k. I ran my first 5k under 25:00 and was hooked on running as a sport. Over the subsequent 10 years, I continued to increase my mileage and chip away at PRs, including running a BQ at my first marathon. I joined Team FTC shortly after moving to Gainesville from Winston-Salem, NC in August 2017 for a postdoctoral fellowship. Under the guidance of Coach Enoch and camaraderie of the team, I set PRs in the 5k, 15k, and half-marathon. I am excited to see what else I can continue to accomplish by training with Coach Enoch and Team FTC. PRs aside, what I enjoy most about being a member of Team FTC is the companionship of my teammates and the atmosphere that Coach Enoch fosters.
PRs: 5k- 19:16; 10k-43:43; 15k-1:05:07; ½ Marathon-1:34:14; Marathon-3:28:29
I began running after graduating from Florida State University in 2012 just to stay healthy after logging many more video game hours per day than miles per week. I spent three years in North Dakota completing my Master's thesis on ticks and tick-borne diseases before moving back to Gainesville to work at the University of Florida in a lab studying the role of the gut microbiome in colorectal cancer development. The running community and the lack of ice and snow made Gainesville the perfect place to start training more seriously, and after two years here running has become a huge part of my life and one of the things I enjoy most. I love being part of a community with so many experienced, faster runners and have learned so much from Coach Enoch and Team FTC. My goal, for now, is to stay consistent, train smarter, and get a little bit faster every day!
Full Marathon: 3:11:24 (2017), Half Marathon: 1:24:43 (2015), 5k: 16:56 (2018)
My running career started with a half marathon in my hometown of Mount Dora during my freshman year of college. A year later, I was signed up for the Five Points of Life half marathon but was forced to withdraw due to an injury. During my junior year, I trained with my dad for the FPOL marathon. Thanks to my dad’s advice and long run companionship, and nearly perfect weather conditions, the race went well. I won the women’s division with a Boston qualifying time. This past year, my first year of medical school here at UF, I ran the rainy Boston marathon and requalified. A couple of weeks later, I decided to join Team FTC in hopes of a marathon PR and to try out some shorter distances. My first track team has been everything I needed and more. Coach Enoch’s workouts are fun and challenging, and my teammates and I are constantly encouraging each other to try hard and reach our goals.
Growing up, I played any sport that was offered in the Gainesville area. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very good at any of them. The only aspect of the sports I played and actually liked (or was good at) was running. I was always subbed in for hitters already on base in softball and made my own game of chasing people on the soccer field. I started going on runs with my mom and eventually ran on my own throughout middle school. My freshman year at Gainesville High I joined the track team and later fell in love with cross country. After graduating from FSU, I moved to China for three years, where I took a break from running regularly. Moving back to Gainesville in 2017, I was determined to get back into running, specifically with goals of running half and full marathons. I’m excited to be part of Team FTC, which is full of people who are fun, supportive and share the same love of running!
PR’s: 5K: 19:29; ½ Marathon: 1:34