Anne Johnson

Anne started running at the end of her freshman year of college over 25 years ago, when she got sick of being the slow Air Force ROTC cadet. Her first “real” race was a 5k turkey trot ca. 1998, where she placed third in her age group and achieved her goal of winning a turkey. Soon she extended her distance to the half marathon, and she ran the second-ever San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in 1999. Upon getting stationed in Germany, she used running as an excuse to travel and see new places by foot. Among her 14 marathons are Paris, Athens, St. George, and Flying Pig, and she has run too many half marathons and other races to count.

In late 2016, Anne set and achieved a goal of qualifying for the AF Reserve Command Half Marathon Team, blasting almost 10 minutes off her PR (and blowing away her own expectations) by joining with a Beast pacer in the 1:40 group. Among the seven half-marathons she ran in 12/16-11/17, she achieved a PR of 1:39:21 at the Surf City Half in Huntington Beach, and she did compete as a member of the AFRC Team at the Air Force Half Marathon. She capped her fastest running year ever with a bucket-list achievement of qualifying for Boston in 3:35:39 at the Tucson Marathon, two days before her 44th birthday. (It hurt and she never wants to run another marathon that fast ever again!)

After about 17 glorious years living in Tucson, Arizona, she recently moved to Colorado Springs, where she lives with her pilot husband (who hates the desert – thus the move), 11yo son, and 13yo daughter, who also runs cross-country and half marathons. She has engineering degrees and is a military reservist. In addition to teaching math at USAF Academy, she splits her time among managing her real estate investments, driving her kids to theater rehearsals, cooking, and running/rowing/lifting. She is trying to adjust to running in the cold, and is excited to share her passion for running and help others achieve their goals!