Hi, my name is Laura and I’ve been a member of Run Minnesota since 2014. I appreciate the work Run Minnesota is doing to broaden the inclusivity and diversity of the local running community and would like to help support this by getting more involved. I’ve been a runner since my son was born in 2004 and I needed a way to get back in shape. Since then running has been a daily anchor point in my life – most of my friendships and activities center around running, and I have run many races from 5Ks to marathons. Running brings me something to be positive and proactive about every day. Through working with Mile in My Shoes, a grant recipient of Run Minnesota, I’ve seen how empowering and transformative running can be as a way to create community as well as reach fitness goals. Living in St Louis Park offers me many great places to run and ways to participate in the local community.
Before taking time off to raise my family I was a paralegal, using writing, analytical and organizing skills in my job. I put a lot of energy into being active in my community, building relationships and collaborating to create a positive community atmosphere. I like to work on logistics, program planning, and problem solving, but also to pitch in to help with whatever needs doing. In prior experiences, I’ve worked with a job skill training program in Mississippi and served on a bicycle/pedestrian advocacy committee in MD. Here in the Twin Cities I volunteer for Mile in My Shoes as a run mentor and as chair of their annual fundraising race, the Downtown Run Around, as well as for the St Louis Park food pantry, the Westwood Hills Nature Center, as an election judge, and at Twin Cities in Motion on various races.
I would like to serve on the Race subcommittee and possibly other projects as needed.