Towards the end of a Spartan race, I had it set up with a friend to hand me my zebra mask and I would do the fire jump at the end with it, just to have fun. People loved it and Spartan featured a picture of it on their Facebook page. Hence the Zebra was born. Fellow racers now refer to me as the Zebra and friends who support me in my adventures call themselves and me #TeamZebra.
Why do I race OCR? My answer is easy..... Inspiration. I am inspired mainly by two things. One being one of my best and closest friends that was battling breast cancer. She had an unbelievable attitude the whole time, telling people not to give up, control what is going to happen to you, and never let anything stop you from reaching your goals. The other thing that drives and inspires me..... the kids that deal with pediatric cancer, their fight, their smiles when things are rough for them. Being so small and and dealing with pain and struggles that makes my struggles look like nothing.
My free time involves volunteering and doing what I can to help two organizations that support families that deal with pediatric cancer, Piper's Promise and Riley's Army, whether it's raising money, helping them with events, or participating in their events My running adventures are inspired by them, they fuel me. People say I inspire them by what I do, like my runs to another city 30+ miles away dressed as Forrest Gump to just grab a beer. It's all about having fun while doing this, and showing people to be yourselves and enjoy life.
My highlight since being involved in OCR? Easy.... crossing the finish line at the 2016 OCR World Championships in Canada with one of my best friends who was going through chemo at the time at my side holding hands extended in the air in victory. Her victory for battling and beating that monster and my victory is seeing her smile.
What do I want to be remembered for? Someone who worked hard, pushed themselves beyond belief, but had fun and brought smiles and laughter to those around. An inspiration.