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This month’s Bolder Spotlight is Katie! Scrolling through our Instagram, it was hard not to notice this dedicated Bolder Buddy. Her regular running updates accompanied by her Bolder skirt of the day motivate us to keep on moving in style! Here is a little bit about Katie:
I was born and raised in Chicago. 10 years ago I moved to Florida where I live with my family which includes our two crazy cats Ozzie and Zoey. In October 2011, just before moving, I was inspired by my sister who was training for the Hot Chocolate 5k, and started the Couch to 5k program. Not long after, I discovered the WDW Radio Running Team. which raises money for the Make a Wish Foundation of America through the Dream Team Project.
In January 2012, I ran my first race with the team: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 5k. After that race, one of my teammates told me that I would be back for the half marathon and I laughed. But he was right - I ran my first half marathon the following January. Since then, I've run a handful of 5ks and 10ks, 20+ half marathons and 1 full marathon.
In 2020, live races were cancelled, but I ran more miles than I have in any other year - and 2021 is shaping up to be the same. Next up, WDW half marathon in January 2022!
My Bolder skirts are the only bottoms I run in. When it gets chilly (which doesn't happen often in Florida), I just throw on a pair of leggings under my skirt. In my neighborhood, everyone recognizes me as "the runner in the skirt"! I have 30 skirts (including two custom skirts for my team), so I have a bunch to choose from.
This past summer, I had a blast creating as many Disneybounds as I could using the skirts I have. During the hottest days of summer, sometimes being excited about a Disneybound was just enough to get me out the door.
I purchased my first SparkleLight for the Princess 5k in 2012 and my first Swing (Wild One) soon after. I love that I can look cute for a race without a lot of effort after the alarm goes off at 2 AM! The pockets are the best for carrying everything I need before, during and after a race....or wherever I may be when I wear a skirt when I'm not running. (I've lost count of how many pocket tours i've given over the years!)
Who will be in the Bolder Spotlight next month? Keep an eye on the Bolder Athletic Wear Facebook page to find out!
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