We are excited to introduce you to our 2013 ZOOMA Florida Ambassadors. This is a select group of ladies who are influential both online and in their personal running communities. They will be helping us keep our runners informed, inspired and motivated. These ladies all have different running backgrounds, but they share a passion for empowering women through running.
Michelle Wright is a busy mom, with a full-time job and a running problem. She blogs at Crazy Running Legs and never imagined she would describe herself as athletic let alone a runner. Since she caught the running bug, she has run three 5Ks, two 10Ks, one 15K, 13 half marathons, and one full marathon. Michelle also loves a good spin class, eating amazing food, and drinking copious amounts of wine. She blogs for motivation and to inspire others to get moving while living life in moderation. She runs to keep sane and find that every day balance.
Lynda is a Bilingual 20 something Cuban American Blogger & writer from Miami with a lot of passion for healthy living, the arts, and travel. Her blog HitTheRoadJane.com started as a way to stay accountable with running and share her latest finds in fitness, health news, and fashion. To date, she has run 7 half marathons and is currently training for her first full marathon in 2013.
Amanda, a seven-time marathoner and personal trainer, is the author of RunToTheFinish, a fitness and healthy living website that stemmed from her passion for running. She is an ecommerce consultant, freelance writer, speaker and social media fiend with nine years of experience providing strategic online solutions for Fortune 500 companies nationwide. Amanda combines her love of writing, strategy and running to develop a site that is a destination for tips, motivation and tools for getting the most out of the healthy living journey.
Heather has been blogging at Running with Sass for almost three years. She loves running, fitness, and being a Disney vacation planner and social media director for the travel agency she works for. Heather has appeared on the cover of Fit, a local New Orleans magazine, in Woman’s World magazine, and as Women’s Running magazine’s Blogger on the Run. Heather strives to encourage and motivate other people to lead a healthy lifestyle through her blog and other social media platforms. She believes everyone is on a different part of their fitness journey and aims to others to be the best version of themselves that they can be. When not traveling or working out, Heather loves to read, hang out with her family (including husband and furry children Bella and Sassy), and of course blog.
Presley Salmon is a twenty-something wife, teacher, and new mom. Somehow, between the diaper changes, she finds time for running, lifting, and the all too infrequent nap. Presley runs for health, happiness, and her sanity. Her passion for running began in college and continues to this day. What began as a quest to lose a few pounds has now become a part of her regular routine. Presley ran throughout her recent pregnancy and understands that all it takes to be a runner is getting out there. She blogs about her adventures in running, her “trainer” husband, her precious baby boy, her efforts to cook healthy family meals, and other randomness at RunPrettyBlog.com.
Follow her on Twitter at @RunPretty.
Renée Ross leverages the power of social media to raise awareness of health and social -related causes. She has lost over 50 pounds and utilized social media to document her journey. She ran her first half-marathon in October 2010 and raised over $5000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a member of Team in Training. She has run a total of 10 half-marathons and is currently training for her first marathon in October. Renée is also a licensed Zumba instructor and has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ebony, Upscale, Jet, Parents Magazines, Mom Blogging for Dummies and the Digital Mom handbook and is a contributing editor for BlogHer. She is a member of the American Cancer Society Bloggers Advisory Council, a former mentor for Team in Training, advocates for Clean Air and is a United Nations Foundation Social Good Fellow.
In 2010 Regina realized she had hit bottom with several things in her life. She needed to change so she quit drinking and started making lifestyle changes. She started with the Couch to 5k plan and by November of 2011 had completed her first half marathon. She is now active in her local running community as well as a member of several online clubs. She started her blog, Life’s Run to keep herself accountable with running, fitness, nutrition and life, but it has evolved into a way to motivate and inspire others.
Mary Baum is a runner and healthy living blogger over at Food and Fun on the Run. She is a marathoner (x7), dog lover, and Florida native that likes to be having fun outdoors than sitting inside any day! Her love for running and fitness fuels her life every day and believes if she can influence just one person by spreading her love for the sport, then all of the hard work is worth it. Her mantra is simple: “Attitude is Everything”, as she believes that your outlook determines your future. She is on the pursuit of getting her personal trainer’s certification and can’t wait to share her knowledge with all of her readers!
Rachel Wright started running in January of 2011 as way to lose some much needed weight. She signed up for her first race, a 5K, to help her stay motivated with her running. The feeling that she experienced as she crossed the finish line of that race were so empowering that she immediately signed up for more races, including a half marathon. Since that first race, Rachel has run seven 5Ks, four 10Ks, two 15Ks, and five half marathons and has also lost more than 50 pounds! You can follow along with Rachel’s training on her blog, Runner’s Tales, where she writes about her adventures in running and healthy living.
Lorraine Sanabria Robertson is the creator of RunWifeyRun.com and AskWifey.com where she blogs about running, fitness, travel and life’s adventures. She ran her first marathon in 2010, and completed her second in 2011 as a member of the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team personally raising more than $1,000 to help fight cancer. At 41, this former smoker and self-proclaimed laziest person ever has also completed nine half marathons (her favorite distance) and countless shorter races. Lorraine is a member of the American Cancer Society’s Blogger Advisory Council; is a Verizon Wireless Ambassador; is an orignial host blogger for Fox5 TV’s MyAtlantaMoms.com; and writes weekly for TravelingMom.com as Marathon TravelingMom where she blogs about destination running and fitness. In March 2009, she was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Great Cruises: Why Not The Mediterranean?” television show; her life-changing wedding was featured on TLC’s “A Wedding Story;” and she was featured in the January 2012 issue of Fitness magazine.