Happy Saturday! Our final introduction is SRA AmbasSRAdor @milestomedals. She tells us what she loves about running in Sacramento: “Sacramento’s community of runners is unlike any other. As cliche as that sounds, its the truth. At any given time of day you can be on the American River Parkway or downtown and witness runners in training mode or simply in their stress relieving element. For me, I started running as a way of physical fitness, but once I discovered what it not only did for my body, but my mind, heart, and soul — I was hooked! Now, four years since I started my journey and ran my first race, it truly is a magical feeling to know that today, I’m even more in love with my run life than I could’ve ever imagined. I am SO excited for the 2018 season and hope everyone else is also looking forward to running ALL the miles & having ALL the fun

Running isn’t just a way to stay healthy, it is a lifestyle! SRA AmbasSRAdor @janessa_on_the_run shares her story: “Hi everyone, my name is Janessa. I started running a couple of years ago as a means to lose weight after having kids. But three half marathons and two full marathons later, running has now become a lifestyle that has taught me that I am stronger and more capable than I ever imagined. Sacramento has so many great places to run and most weekends you can find me along the beautiful American River Parkway. Our local running community is amazing, and thanks to the support and encouragement that I have received from other runners, I have decided to set a goal for myself that I once thought was impossible…qualifying for the Boston Marathon! I feel so honored to have been chosen to help represent The Sacramento Running Association and I am looking forward to a fantastic 2018

What’s better than running friends? If you’re new to the Sacramento area, or to running, our SRA AmbasSRAdors know all the great spots to run! Feel free to reach out to them. Here is SRA AmbasSRAdor, @andrea_nichole916: “Hey all! I am so excited to hit the ground running, literally, to help grow the amazing running community in Sacramento. You can find me running in what I call my backyard, the American River Parkway, and showing up for just about every local race or running club I can. When I’m not running I’m home cuddling with my cats and hubby while watching anything on Food Network or chilling with the mouse himself at Disneyland. Make sure to wave or say hello next time you see me out and about, I’m always up for meeting new running friends

SRA AmbasSRAdor, J.R. is the perfect example of what is means to be passionate about the Sacramento running community: “What I love most about running in Sacramento is how many people that run in this city. I am associated with a group in Sacramento called @9run6 that promotes free fitness and running. Thanks to 9Run6, I was able to come out of my shell and open my eyes to the streets of Sacramento. I love how welcoming the running community is in Sacramento. Whether running the streets of downtown with 9Run6 at 6am on a Wednesday or Friday morning or running with @sloppymooserunningclub on a Thursday evening at @newhelvetiabrew on Broadway, there will always be a supportive group of individuals to cheer you on

SRA AmbasSRAdor introductions continue! Meet our AmbasSRAdor @_sage_120, she tells us why she enjoys running: “Hi everyone! My name is Michele and I am a runner who is fueled by plants ? (and doughnuts)! Running has always had this magical way of making me feel at peace and it’s given me the opportunity to work through anything that is weighing on my mind, especially during a long run. After training for the Philadelphia Marathon in 2016, the journey of the training process allowed me to see just how capable I am and it has helped me appreciate my own strength (both mental and physical) and my ability to persevere. I’m so excited to be part of this running community and I’m looking forward to meeting other fellow runners who will continuously inspire me here in Sacramento