Introducing Welcome Committee members Kazumi (Kaz) Francis and Mia Konovelchick!
How many years have you been running?
Kaz: Started running in 2012, but I was out for 2 years with back injury
What made you start running?
Kay: A wrist injury forced me to stop playing racquetball. The only thing I could do was run. My BRF, Kristen, convinced me to run a half marathon and that’s how I started.
Mia: I wanted to prove to myself I could be a runner
What keeps you motivated to continue running?
Kaz: Having goals, a training plan, group runs and the running community.
Mia: Love of the sport, the running community, friends I’ve made.
What do you do when you are not running?
Kaz: I am a mom of adult sons, a wife, an infant & toddler teacher for over 10 years and a student at Granite State College.
Mia: Nurse, triathlon training and coaching, spin instructor, mom.
What was your first race?
Kaz: One of 5k running series at Mines Fall in summer.
Mia: Color run
What was your favorite race?
Kaz: Vermont City Marathon. First time was DNF, due to cancellation of the race. I finished this year with PR for redemption. Support for this race is amazing. Highly recommend it!
Mia: Shamrock Shuffle or Cinco de Miles.
Most memorable run?
Kaz: Hartford Marathon with my BRF, Kristen which was the first marathon I finished.
Mia: Ironman Timberman 70.3 or Baystate 26.2.
Why do you love SRTT-NH?
Kaz: What an amazing group of ladies! Everyone is so supportive, loving and inspiring! I love that we all are at different levels of running journey yet we all understand and support each other. We struggle together, cry together and celebrate together! Totally awesome!
Mia: The community is amazing, so supportive, with so many great women. I have made so many running friends and every day friends.