Friday Inspiration: a 13 year old finishes the Davis Moonlight Run with her mom

Friday Inspiration This post is from our July Moonlight Run, and it’s one of the most inspiring things I’ve read in a long time! ❤️Repost from @getfastfish on instagram:

 

 

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We were just about to turn a corner and see the finish line. I told Mia “here we go you just ran 13.1 miles”. And with my last words of advice I told her “you cross that finish line like you won the whole thing.” And she did win. That’s what I love about running. She beat her doubts. She wasn’t sure how she was going to finish this thing. But she did it. She said she wanted to run 13.1 miles to celebrate her 13th birthday and she did. She wanted to cross the line together but I knew she had so much speed left in her. As we started sprinting I said “Go Mia, Go”. And she was gone, I couldn’t catch her. I didn’t want to if I could. I wanted to see her do this. It’s a special feeling and I wanted it to be her moment. There’s a bond that forms when you struggle along side someone. When you train with someone and put miles in together. Me and Mia became Sole sisters that night. 13.1 Miles where I wasn’t her Mom I was her equal on the pavement. We were both out there together, hot, hurting, chaffing, running. We endured. And now we have this cool thing that we share forever. We ran a half marathon together. #davismoonlightrun #halfmarathoner #13point1at13 #goalachieved #believe #runner #motherdaughterrunners

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Maya participated in her first A Change of Pace event at the age of 3 months. From there she followed her siblings in participating in a multitude of events from runs to kids’ triathlons. While growing up with parents who ran a sports marketing firm, she had no choice but to attend most events her entire youth life. Now as an adult, she has returned (by her own choice) and now serves as the volunteer and site coordinator. In addition, she has also been instrumental in the 2024 design and transitioning of our new website. We are fortunate to have her tackle one of the more critical areas that are considered the backbone of any event, volunteers. Maya resides in Davis and In her spare time she spends time as a dog trainer while simultaneously assisting other local nonprofit organizations such as the Yolo County SPCA and Cancer Champions.

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Event Oversight and Volunteer Management

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Dave Miramontes

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Dave brings an impressive 36 years of event production, marketing, advertising, and graphic design experience to the team. Dave has not only been a decorated athlete, but he also understands how good teamwork can lead to a successful outcome. Having 4 active kids has allowed him to stay involved in youth sports as well as being active within the community. As the Executive Director of A Change of Pace, he still enjoys his role as the logistics coordinator for all Foundation and outside client events. In addition, he oversees course design & safety, city & police relations, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative concepts. Dave resides in Davis with his wife Jen and has 4 very cool kids, all of which has worked at A Change of Pace at one point or another.

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Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the marketing field, including positions as the Marketing Director for Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Real Mex restaurants. Jennifer also has extensive experience developing community programs geared towards children, having served on the Board of Directors for the Davis Schools Foundation as well as the Patwin PTA. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and is also a certified personal trainer. A runner herself, Jennifer has completed numerous triathlons and over 50 marathons, including top age-group finishes in high profile events such as the Boston Marathon and the Rock N Roll Marathon. Jennifer owns FIT House in Davis and enjoys inspiring her clients to reach their fitness goals.