“WeRunMPLSer of the Month” is a series we write to introduce the faces that make WeRunMPLS so special. We say this a lot – our core is community; it was the motivation behind starting WeRunMPLS, is the foundation for every time we meet and is what guides all our decisions. Hope you enjoy!

Next up, meet Shannon! Shannon is a joyful, happy corner of WeRunMPLS. She shows up with a smile, is welcoming and friendly and is great at cheering us all on in our individual goals. Shannon joined WeRunMPLS this summer and we’re happy to say she keeps coming back! This month she answered our questions; scroll to read about Shannon and show up to a run and meet her in person!

Tell us your name + how you found out about WeRunMPLS.

Hi everyone! My name is Shannon. I saw an ad for WeRunMPLS on Facebook. I made a goal this past summer to try new things and I had never been a part of a running group or even run with someone so I thought I would give it a try. And it helped that it ran out of Five Watt, my favorite coffee shop!

Where is your favorite place to run?

The Chain of Lakes with Lake Harriet being my #1.

What’s been your favorite night of WeRunMPLS (so far!)?

Oh this is hard, I can’t pick just one. I had a lot of fun at the Wild Card Run at Dangerous Man, cheering people on at the Marathon was also great and I also love it when the dogs of WeRunMPLS show up on any given night.

Tell us your top 5 interests.

  1. People – I love people. Everyone has a story and everyone has something they can teach you and it’s so fun to get to know them.
  2. Cooking – the whole process is therapeutic for me
  3. Running – I feel so accomplished after a run, it gives me a great work-out and it gives me time to process life
  4. Music – it is rarely ever silent in my car or my house
  5. Traveling – it doesn’t have to be to exotic places, I just love visiting new places and trying new things. 

What’s your favorite thing about WeRunMPLS?

The people (see #1 above). But really, it has been so much fun getting to know everyone that runs with WeRunMPLS. I love that it is about more than just running. People come early and stay late just to hang out and get to know each other.

Favorite running quote?

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – Unknown

One random fact everyone should know about you.

One of my goals for 2017 is to run a race in a different state so if anyone has any suggestions, I am open to recommendations!