Kimberly Oehrlein

Kim started running in the spring of 2008, when her husband first suggested running the Walt Disney World Marathon that coming January and she literally laughed in his face. After adjusting their race goal to a much more achievable 10K that fall (Disney’s now-defunct Race for the Taste), she went on to complete the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January 2009 followed by the full marathon in 2010. She then completed the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge in 2011 and every January thereafter. By the time runDisney introduced the Dopey Challenge in 2014, she was completely on board for that nonsense and is proud to be a Perfectly Dopey participant who has completed the race series every year. (The moral of the story is that every now and then, Kim’s husband comes up with a seemingly outlandish idea that she winds up running with — quite literally in this case!)

After branching out to non-Disney marathons and half marathons, Kim became the program director for her local Galloway Training Program. When she realized that helping others reach their goals was even more satisfying than aiming for a personal best at each race, she ventured into the world of pace group leadership and has never looked back. Due to her long association with the Galloway Training Program, Kim utilizes the run/walk/run technique as part of her pacing strategy, although she also gets a kick out of playing leap frog with those runners who don’t take walk breaks. She is always happy to serve as a visual target for when runners should be hitting each mile marker and enjoys the extra challenge of holding a conversation while passing and then being passed by the running-only runners in her group.

 

When Kim isn’t running, she works as a travel planner. It’s probably not a stretch to figure out her favorite vacation destinations, but feel free to ask. It’s definitely her favorite topic of race-day conversation!