We’re excited to introduce you to our 2014 ZOOMA Cape Cod Ambassadors. This is a select group of bloggers who are a positive influence both online and in their running communities. They all have different running backgrounds, but they’re all passionate about inspiring and motivating other women to empower themselves through running and embrace a healthy, happy, and active lifestyle. They will help us keep our runners informed, inspired, and motivated!
Nicole is a mom, an engineer and a reformed couch potato. She started running a mere 3 years ago, in response to a health scare. In those 3 years, Nicole has completed five Half Marathons, three 10Ks, two mud runs and more 5Ks than she ever thought she’d do. Nicole started her blog to document her training for the inaugural ZOOMA Cape Cod Half, but continued it to remind herself not to choose sleeping in over running. In addition to working full time and running, Nicole is a self-proclaimed geek who coordinates an extracurricular STEM program and loves playing (and winning!) board games with her husband and two boys.
You can also find Nicole on Twitter, HERE.
Amy C is a 40-something year old runner, fitness junkie, and gluten-free newbie who writes Running Escapades. Like many others, she didn’t start running until she was an overweight adult. Amy spent her youth running around soccer fields and basketball courts, but the idea of running without a ball seemed ridiculous to her foolish younger self. After gaining more-than-a-few pounds in her 30s, she put on her running shoes and hasn’t looked back. Amy has fallen in love with the running community and has a passion for all things fitness. She has a weakness for fitness gadgets, loves new fitness clothes, and is constantly on the look-out for new healthy gluten-free recipes she can make at home. Amy is returning to Cape Cod for the third time looking for redemption after running in the inaugural race and then sitting out injured last year.
Angela is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist who has a love of all things running, yoga and healthy living. She started to get serious about running after the birth of her boy/girl twins in 2010. She used training for a half marathon as a way to lose the baby weight but more so for the quiet time to be alone with her thoughts and the road. Since then, she’s found that running is WAY more than exercise. She’s run numerous half marathons and other races of varying distance. Last year she ran her first marathon and has plans for another in 2014. She started her blog, Happy Fit Mama, as a way to connect with like-minded lovers of running and fitness. On it, she shares workouts, life stories of a working mama and healthy recipes from her kitchen. She lives on the New Hampshire Seacoast with her husband, two children and chocolate Lab, Cooper.
Danielle’s running journey began in 2011 when she was looking for a way to raise money in memory of a friend who lost her yearlong battle with cancer. A true “non-runner”, Danielle went from being able to run down the block to completing her first half marathon in in just over 5 months. Along the way she met some great new friends, learned a lot about running, training and working hard to accomplish a goal and fell in love with the feeling of crossing a finish line! Since then Danielle has completed 4 full marathons, about a dozen half marathons and a handful of shorter distance races. Danielle is also a certified yoga teacher and loves sharing the benefits of yoga with runners and other athletes. She currently lives in New York with her husband and mini dachshund Madison, but they spend most of the year looking forward to their time on Cape Cod each summer!
Jessica is a social media strategist who lives in Falmouth with her two boys, ages 3 and 5. Baby #3 will be arriving in late April, and Jessica is looking forward to running her comeback half marathon at ZOOMA Cape Cod! When she’s not working, running, or blogging about running; you can find her at the beach, the playground, or the library. If you have any questions about staying in Falmouth or recommendations on where to eat, run, etc., send her a message!
Dani never liked running so never thought she would have to write a bio about her running escapades, but here she is. She gave running a shot in 2005-2006 (capped by a full marathon) before injuries sidelined her, but after surviving back injury and back surgery she gave running another shot … and it stuck. Dani blogs about weight loss (80 lbs shed), running and healthy living at Weight Off My Shoulders. She is a 4-time marathoner, who will be making that five after running the 2014 Boston Marathon with Tedy’s Team, in honor of the American Stroke Association. In January 2014, Dani took on her biggest running feat to date – the Dopey Challenge at Disney World. The Dopey Challenge was four races in four days – 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon – aka 48.6 magical miles. Running has proven to be a great release for Dani and has been able to inspire friends and family to give it a shot as well. If you ever want to find Dani at a race, look for her Sparkly Soul headband, Sparkle Athletic skirt and Superman socks – complete with capes!
Nancy Capen, or rather Fancy Nancy as her readers know her, is the real-life person behind Living the Dream. She started her blog in 2009 after the birth of her daughter as a way to keep herself accountable while she worked off the baby weight. She is a wife, mom of two little ladies (5 and 1), and an ESL teacher on Cape Cod, MA. As a busy working mom it would be easy to not find time for fitness, but running keeps her not only healthy but sane. When Mom’s sweating, everyone is happy! With a marathon (Boston 07), 28 half-marathons, and countless 5ks and 10ks under her belt, she has dedicated her life to fitness and being an example of health for those she loves.
Kelly is a wife and mom who spends a lot of her free time running and checking out studio fitness classes. The rest of the time she spends blogging about it at Cupcake Kelly’s. Kelly started running regularly after the birth of her son in 2011. In 2012 she ran two half-marathons with the hopes of PRing at ZOOMA Cape Cod in 2013, after a devastating miscarriage that sidelined her for the 2013 race, Kelly has determined to make the 2014 ZOOMA 10K her return to racing, and hopefully with a PR. Kelly’s life isn’t all about fitness, she enjoys cooking and baking at home and sharing her recipes, and the recipes she’s tried, with her readers.
Sarah is a student finishing her chemistry degree in Baltimore before heading home to New England. After suffering from a knee injury that ended her collegiate swimming career earlier than planned, she turned to running to fill the void. She spent three years with the track team and one year as a cross country runner and fell in love with distance running. Once something used as cross training out of the pool, running became her favorite pastime. She quickly fell in love with the half marathon distance after racing 5ks and 10ks on the track, and hopes to work her way up to the marathon distance in the next few years. When she’s not pounding pavement, she can be found in a spinning studio, coaching Girls on the Run, or working at a local running store in Baltimore. A New England native, Sarah spends her vacations living on her family’s sailboat off the coast of Rhode Island. She is well- known around the island for her crazy running habits and is frequently asked what her next race is from people she’s never met before. Sometimes she’s training for something, but usually she’s just running because she loves it. Sarah blogs about her passions for running and good desserts over at Picky Runner, where she has found an entire community of people who share the same passion for living a balanced life.
Colleen is passionate about her love of family and fitness. She began her journey morbidly obese and when her daughter was born she decided to make some changes. She lost 120 pounds before her daughter turned 2, and feel in love with a new hobby, running. She shares her story at her blog, The Fit Bee and has inspired many to start their own healthy journey. She became a certified personal trainer and loves helping people get healthy and train for their own races. Colleen has only been running for 4 years, but she has far exceeded her own expectations. She started with her first 5k in September of 2010, and then went on to train for half marathons and marathons. She has qualified for Boston twice and run it twice as well. This year she will attempt it a third time, with a new challenge, being pregnant. Colleen has continued to run throughout her pregnancy maintaining her marathon and ultra distances. She became an ultra runner 2 years ago and completed her first 100 miler in June of 2013. She is looking forward to this summer when the baby is born and she can begin training for her second 100 miler late in fall of 2014. Colleen has proven time and time again that determination and dedication can make any goal possible! She is looking forward to running at ZOOMA Cape Cod this fall and making her running come back post baby!
Jessica is a working mom of two and the blogger behind Keeping Mommy Sane, where she writes about her attempts to juggle a full-time job, motherhood, marriage, fitness, living a healthy lifestyle … and (of course) her sanity. She discovered her love for running several years ago after her youngest child was born, and it has since become her outlet, hobby and much-needed “me” time – even if it means squeezing in lunchtime runs or hitting the treadmill at 5am before her family wakes up. In addition to completing countless 5Ks and 10Ks, Jessica finished her first two half marathons last year and has two more coming up in 2014, with a goal of finishing in under two hours. Although she first started running for the physical and mental benefits, Jessica now loves knowing she is setting an example for her two son and daughter about the importance of being physically active. When she isn’t working, running, writing or chasing after her kids, Jessica is an active volunteer with the local PTO and enjoys date nights with her husband, yoga, celebrity gossip and sharing a bottle of wine with her girlfriends.