Meet our five star ambassadors

Alex Garcia

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"I first started running when I was in the Marine Corps and to be honest, I despised it and wasn’t very good at it.  When I got out of the Marines, I gained some serious weight. Time went by and I had a physical scheduled. My doctor told me I was seriously obese and my blood pressure was all out of whack. I decided to make some changes and slowly got into running. I dropped 100 pounds and love running now. I enjoy road races, trail races and obstacle races. When I run now, it’s kind of an escape for me and resets me."

Emily Lacy

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"My running story starts when I started working at my current job. After college I never could really find a fitness routine that I enjoyed.  I started talking to coworkers and one of them talked me into trying a 5k. I thought that there would be no way I could run at all, let alone run a 5k. But I tried and was hooked. I like the fact that I’m competing against others, but that I’m mainly competing against myself.  I may not be the fastest out there, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. The atmosphere at races is so infectious, the running community really is a supportive and an inviting one. Regardless of where you are in the pack of runners, there’s always cheers and high fives going on and I just love seeing that."

Michael Selman

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"I started running in the early 80's and have been a running enthusiast ever since.

I moved to the Atlanta area in 1995, where I eventually became the President and Newsletter Editor of the Chattahoochee Road Runners Club.  In addition to running, and racing, I have also written many running related articles, and have been published in several running publications, including Runner's World and Marathon and Beyond magazines on multiple occasions.  I have also won both the National RRCA Club Writer and Newsletter Editor awards.  I currently run about 120 miles a month and always have a half-marathon in my future.

 I am excited to be a Five Star ambassador.  I run 10 or more of their races a year.  I particularly like the fact they respect the older age group runners.  This is the only organization I know who always gives awards to Overall Grand Masters and Overall Senior Masters runners.  Since I am 63, I often benefit from this recognition."

Norman Wenger

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I’ve always been a physical guy, working construction in my early years, and keeping a hand in it when I began designing houses. 40 was fast approaching when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), which can be severely crippling. Eight years passed with the disease progressing and no clear solutions. Then my daughter asked me to begin walking with her to help with her lacrosse training & fitness. While she was away at camp, I got bored walking alone and started jogging a bit. Before I knew it, I was running 3 miles at a time! Then my daughter talked me into entering a 5k at her middle school. I was stunned when I won 2nd in age group! Soon my college-age daughter encouraged me to enter a race in her college town. 2nd in age group again, and received my award from NFL running back (& Georgia Southern alum) Adrian Peterson!! I’d found something I enjoyed that I was good at and I was hooked.

Today marks 3.5 years since my first race. I’ve just passed the 200th race, including 5k, 10k, several half-marathons and even 2 marathons. I’ve moved on to a different age group now, but still enjoy bringing home those medals – even a couple grand masters!

While exercise can’t cure MS, keeping my mind & body in top condition helps to reduce the long term effects of a relapse, and thankfully, with recent advances in medical research, I’ll be able to get out there with my running mates for many more years.