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ST. PETE RUN FEST BELIEVERS ACHIEVERS: CASEY, KRISTIE, TIFFANY December 18, 2018 15:44

St. Pete Run Fest Believers & Achievers

You've followed their journeys as they prepared for St. Pete Run Fest. Now they've completed the race and they've come out stronger on the other side.

We're following up with Casey, Kristie, and Tiffany to find out how their races went, and if they reached their goals.

As a refresher, Casey recovered from a severe accident where he was hit by a car four months before St. Pete Run Fest, Kristie has replaced former addictions with healthy habits, and Tiffany suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) which has left her legally blind.

They Believed & Achieved!

Casey

Casey completed the 3 Daughters St. Pete Half Marathon at St. Pete Run Fest. Although he didn't set a Personal Record, he ran an impressive race and placed 8th Overall!

The result: He Did It!

For Casey, the best part was running the Dolphin Double so that he could join his son's first 5K race, and having his wife and kids cheering him on at both races. After surgeries and recovering from the accident, he's so happy to have been able to do his best and enjoy such a beautiful city run along the waterfront. Plus he finished 8th place overall! Which is quite a feat four months after a severe car accident. He highly recommends Run Fest.

Casey's Advice: "I took every chance I could to high five fellow runners, smile, and embrace the atmosphere RunFest provides. And pace yourself early. Keep in mind the race is very flat overall, but as you "climb" away from the water toward the Trop, there is a long gradual incline, which can come back to get you later on in race. Other than that, make sure you enjoy the incredible view and smile, it makes it hurt less..."

 

Kristie

Kristie completed the Rollin' Oats Trop 10K at St. Pete Run Fest. Her goal was to finish the race.

The result: She Did It!

For Kristie, the best part was having everyone around her believe in her until she believed in herself. That was empowering. She thought she was going to do the 5K and had no idea if she'd be able to finish the 10K or not. But she did it! It was the first time she'd made a decision to do something and and follow it through to the end. And she felt amazed at all she accomplished. Having the women from her St. Pete Free Clinic residence out there right at the end, cheering on, showing up, was just incredible for her.

 

Tiffany

 

Tiffany completed the 3 Daughters St. Pete Half Marathon at St. Pete Run Fest. She had a goal of beating the time she got last year, and getting a time under 2 hours.

The result: She Did It!

For Tiffany, the best part was challenging herself and discovering that she could dream it and achieve it! Her goal was to better her time from last year, and she did it! With hard work and perseverance, Tiffany has been able to overcome obstacles to run the race she set out to do. Overall, the race went great for her and she'd recommend it to anyone who is thinking about running at St. Pete Run Fest next year.

Tiffany's Advice: "Give it your all and do your best!"

 

See Their Stories

Check out their individual stories and see just how far Casey, Kristie, and Tiffany have come!

Read Casey's Story

Read Kristie's Story

Read Tiffany's Story

 

St. Pete Running Company is a proud sponsor of St. Pete Run Fest.

 

 

 

 

Blogger Bria is a Customer Service Manager at St. Pete Running Company.


BELIEVERS ACHIEVERS OF ST. PETE RUN FEST: TIFFANY November 20, 2018 10:44

 

Meet Believer Achiever Tiffany

No one expects to suffer a life-altering injury, but that's what happened to Tiffany, who is now legally blind.

As a Believer Achiever, Tiffany has a "Never Give Up" attitude that pushes her along no matter what obstacles face her. Her goal is to complete the St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon and beat the time she got last year.

Overcoming Adversity

Tiffany faces major challenges each and every day because of a TBI (traumatic brain injury) which led to her becoming legally blind.

A former gym owner, Tiffany was training for an upcoming Muay Thai fight. At the end of a session, she passed out and was taken to the hospital where doctors discovered a cerebral hematoma.
After brain and eye surgery, Tiffany's sight became very limited to the point where she is legally blind. "It's like seeing through a straw," she explains. That makes it difficult to run, and her balance and coordination is off, so everyday tasks have gotten harder. She has dealt with losses in short term memory and long term memory.

When You Believe, You Achieve

When Tiffany was younger, she ran track in school. A friend suggested she join St. Pete Running Company's Track Program, which involves a coached workout on the track at Northside Christian School. She fell in love with the program and the people. Week after week, she continues to come out to Wednesday Track Night. One fellow runner even held Tiffany's hand when the sun started setting to assist in guiding her steps as it got dark.

Tiffany stays active in as many ways as she can. A former personal trainer, her love for working out helps her maintain a healthy routine. At home, she has written her own workouts and completes what she sets out to do. About three times a week, her mom drops her off at the beginning of a trail where she's able to run the familiar route by herself or with a friend. On occasion, friends have taken her to the gym for a workout, and she's been able to participate in a spin class once a week.
As St. Pete Run Fest approaches, Tiffany is well prepared to face the challenge and hopes to better her Half Marathon time.

 

Tiffany's Advice

"Never stop! And live in the moment. I'm motivated by life in general and have always been a very physical person. I continue to try to improve both physically and mentally every day. My advice to others is to join in the events with St. Pete Running Company. They will always make you feel welcome."

 

St. Pete Running Company is a proud sponsor of St. Pete Run Fest. We're the Official Merchandizer of St. Pete Run Fest, and we'd love to see you in our store, at the race expo on race weekend Nov. 16th-17th, and at our cheer station on Sunday, Nov. 18th.

 

 

 

Blogger Bria is a Customer Service Manager at St. Pete Running Company.


BELIEVERS ACHIEVERS OF ST. PETE RUN FEST: KRISTIE November 13, 2018 17:00

 

Meet Believer Achiever Kristie

No one expects to battle addiction and face dark times, but that was all part of Kristie's former lifestyle.

As a Believer Achiever, Kristie has replaced old bad habits with new, healthy ones and her goal is to complete her first race: the St. Pete Run Fest 10K.

Overcoming Adversity 

Kristie takes on a daily uphill battle when it comes to overcoming past addictions. One of her mottos is "One day at a time, one step at a time."

Each day, she has taken the steps and added to her 18 months of sobriety. She quit smoking 4 months ago. And yet it's not only her drive to become a healthier person that motivates her, but the strong support system that surrounds her and encourages her throughout her journey.

Kristie is currently a full-time tenant at the Women’s Residence of the St. Pete Free Clinic. She has a job and is back in school.

St. Pete Running Company accepted Kristie into the Rookie Runner Program through St. Pete Run Fest, which has involved outfitting her with running gear and providing coaching for her race training.

At the Monday and Thursday Night Group Runs at St. Pete Running Company, Kristie has found a community of runners whom she can call friends. Through the St. Pete Free Clinic, she has gained support and skills to meet her life goals.

When You Believe, You Achieve

When Kristie recognized that instead of reaching for a cigarette, she chose instead to go on a run, she discovered a healthy habit was forming, and she was eager to foster that habit. And she wasn't afraid to ask for help.

Through the support of the Rookie Runner Program, she has now completed the longest run of her life: 6.2 miles. She feels prepared not only to start her goal race with confidence, but to complete the St. Pete Run Fest 10K and finish well. She's healthier, and she's never felt better. Week after week, she has been averaging 14 miles. At 4:30 AM, she makes a daily choice to get up in order to get out the door for her run. It takes guts, and Kristie has proven to herself that even when it's hard, she will make that choice every time.

 

Kristie's Advice

"Build fellowship. Get a support network. People who are on the same page as you. Find somebody you like, who inspires you, somebody you want to be like. One day at a time, one step at a time. The better decisions you make, the easier it will become. Build that support network, get in there with the winning crowd. Even when you don’t feel like it, do it because that’s especially when you need to get it done."

 

St. Pete Running Company is a proud sponsor of St. Pete Run Fest. We're the Official Merchandizer of St. Pete Run Fest, and we'd love to see you in our store, at the race expo on race weekend Nov. 16th-17th, and at our cheer station on Sunday, Nov. 18th.

 

 

 

 

Blogger Bria is a Customer Service Manager at St. Pete Running Company.


BELIEVERS ACHIEVERS OF ST. PETE RUN FEST: CASEY November 12, 2018 16:38

 

Meet Believer Achiever Casey

No one expects to be hit by a car, but that's what happened to Casey just a few months before he was signed up to compete in an Ironman.

As a Believer Achiever, Casey strives to rebuild his dreams even in the midst of disappointment, and to overcome the obstacles with the best team he has: his family. His goal is to set a Personal Record at the St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon.

Overcoming Adversity 

Casey's dream of completing the Ironman in Chatanooga was shattered in a split second when he was hit by a car two months before the event. The dream he and his family had invested in for months was gone. The recovery was a process, and he knew he wouldn't be back to full strength in time for the Ironman.

Thanks to the intense training leading up to the Ironman, Casey was in the best shape of his life, and that contributed to his healing and the great progress he made following the accident. Plus he was determined not to let the accident defeat him. 

When You Believe, You Achieve

When Casey realized that his dream of competing at the Ironman in Chattanooga was gone, he made a decision: to volunteer at the event and bring his family along. He was able to lead by example, and to show his children that he could express passion for his dream by serving others.

Recovery became something for the whole family. His kids helped him set and reach Milestones, and they had a role to play. He set a new goal: to run the Half Marathon at St. Pete Run Fest and to set a Personal Record. The timeline was tight as the race takes place four months after the accident, but with the support of his family and his determination, Casey feels more than prepared to take on this challenge. And he can't wait to join his son in the St. Pete Run Fest 5K, which will be his son's first race.

 

Casey's Advice

"A decision has to be made. You can sulk or you can turn this into a way to inspire. I wanted my kids to know that nothing can stop you from achieving a dream. My serious injuries were simply 'ouchies' and we built milestone lists. WE started making progress. Although I could not compete, my kids saw my passion when I took on volunteering at the race where I could no longer compete. No matter what you do, do it to the best of your ability! 

 

St. Pete Running Company is a proud sponsor of St. Pete Run Fest. We're the Official Merchandizer of St. Pete Run Fest, and we'd love to see you in our store, at the race expo on race weekend Nov. 16th-17th, and at our cheer station on Sunday, Nov. 18th.

 

 

 

Blogger Bria is a Customer Service Manager at St. Pete Running Company.


HOW TO COMPETE IN THE BURG TO BEACH TO BAYSHORE CHALLENGE September 5, 2018 11:55 1 Comment

A New Challenge:

Burg to Beach to Bayshore

Three Tampa Bay area races have come together to create an all-new half marathon racing challenge called Burg to Beach to Bayshore.

How to Compete in the Challenge

This Challenge is unique because you will be signing up for three Tampa Bay area half marathons separately. After you complete all three races, you will achieve the Burg to Beach to Bayshore Half Marathon Challenge!

 

Step One: Sign Up For All Three Half Marathons

  1. St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon Nov. 18, 2018
  2. St. Pete Beach Classic Half Marathon Jan. 19, 2019 (Note: Select "Challenge" on this registration
  3. Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Feb. 24, 2019

Sign-Up for the St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon

Sign-Up for the St. Pete Beach Classic Half Marathon

Note: On your St. Pete Beach Classic registration, you will select that you’re doing the challenge.

Step Two: Complete All Three Half Marathons

You must complete all three of the Half Marathons in order to achieve the Burg to Beach to Bayshore Challenge. When you cross the finish line after the final race (Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon), you will have successfully completed the Challenge!

 

Step Three: Get the SWAG!

After you've completed all three half marathons, you're a Burg to Beach to Bayshore Half Marathon Challenge Finisher. Congrats!! You'll receive an inaugural medal and finisher hat.

 

Got Questions?

Each race has its own website with contact info (links below). Contact the specific race you have a question about and get answers.
St. Pete Run Fest Half Marathon: www.stpeterunfest.org
St. Pete Beach Classic Half Marathon: www.stpetebeachclassic.com
Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon: www.rungasparilla.com

 




Blogger Bria is a Customer Service Manager at St. Pete Running Company.