I began running in 2012 because I wanted to Raise Arthritis Awareness. My mom had been battling RA for years, and since I didn't know how else to help, I decided to challenge myself (I never liked to run growing up). Over the past several years, I have completed 1 marathon, 6 half marathons, and numerous other distances while raising over $5,000 for Arthritis research & programs. Along the way, I have met inspiring Arthritis Warriors, young & old, who keep reminding me why I started this in the first place. As I approach my 40th birthday, I want to do something bigger than before, so in honor of all of my arthritis warriors, I will run over the hill with 40 miles on my big day.