Samantha began running in 2008, during her freshman year of college, in effort avoid the infamous freshman 15. After experiencing the benefits of running, and eventually running longer distances, she was hooked. Samantha ran her first half marathon in 2010 and has run numerous marathons and half marathons since. Little did she know how much all of this running was preparing her for her future. In 2015, Samantha joined the Army National Guard. She takes pride in carrying the flag high across the finish line in military races. She currently works in church ministry as a youth director and resides in western Michigan. Samantha belongs to a local running group and loves to encourage others to be the best that they can be.
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