The Foot Landing
Team promotes a healthy environment that enables and encourages runners and walkers of all levels in the fulfillment of their own personal goals through a support network of encouragement and resources.
Foot Landing Team Members Embrace
• Physical and mental well-being
• Safe running and walking practices
• Friendship through running and walking
• A schedule-friendly, open and supportive network through mentorship
• Improved quality of life for the community
What is a Team Player?
It is a fun, friendly, active person who likes to help other and promote unity in our running/walking community! If this sounds like you, and you would like to become part of the team fill out the Team Players Application today! Team Players Application
To be an ambassador for the Foot Landing and help-out during pub runs and local events.
Team Player Benefits:
- Being part of an awesome team where everyone loves to be active!
- Discounts on Foot Landing merchandise; from nutrition, to shoes and everything in between!
- Entry into a Team Players only raffle at each pub run!
- Access to the Members Only Facebook Page, including a monthly newsletter, local race information & discounts, and open discussion with other team members (including the Foot Landing Coach)!
- Yearly Team Players Celebration! Who doesn’t love a good party?
- Members can come on board and leave the team as they like, there is no set commitment time and perfect for our year round and seasonal residents.
- You are welcome and encouraged to belong to other local organizations or ambassadorships; we want to promote unity in our running community!
How it works:
- Fill out a Team Players Application and return it to the Foot Landing.; Team Players Application
- Get your Team Player Punch Card. Bring your card every time you volunteer and earn a punch! (Punches equal discounts, free gifts and more.)
- Sign in to the Members Only Facebook Page and get connected; find friends, upcoming events, race discounts, volunteer opportunities, and how your volunteer time can earn you some really fun stuff!
Print out the Team Players Application today and become part of the Team!
I am a 32 year old attorney originally from Western Massachusetts. I started running about 5 years ago when I moved to Florida. The beautiful weather here prompted me to get out and run! Since then I have participated in numerous 5Ks, half marathons, full marathons, obstacle courses and recently branched out to sprint triathlons. My most memorable running moment so far was crossing the finish line after my first full marathon. Around mile 20 I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the end, so when I crossed that finish line I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. My running goals are to complete more full marathons, to expand into longer distance triathlons and to complete an ultra-marathon. While I love my fellow Team foot Landing Members, my favorite running partner is my dog, Yaz (named after famous Red Sox baseball player Carl Yastrzemski). When I’m not running or working (which isn’t very often) I enjoy relaxing by my pool with my husband Steve.
I am married to Donna ( also a team member), and I have two awesome girls- Jacquie (18) and Alyssa (13). I am a Physical Therapist Assistant by trade and I work in home health throughout Charlotte County. I’ve always been into sports growing up- ran track in my youth as a sprinter, football and baseball in high school, and Jiu-jitsu in my college years. I continued to play baseball in Charlotte and Lee counties until a few years ago. It was then that I started running and training in endurance sports; I ran my first marathon two years ago, and then completed the Goofy Challenge at Disney. This year I plan to complete the Rev3 1/2 Ironman. Running and training with the people I’ve met through the Foot Landing has been very supportive and inspirational. Something you might not know about me is that I watch “So You Think You Can Dance” with my two girls!
My personal health journey began 4 years ago when my daughters asked if we could run a 5K for the sole reason that a dear friend promised them pancakes afterwards! I do not consider myself a runner but a fire was ignited in me when I was invited to participate in a triathlon. I have always struggled with my weight, but this was something I knew I could do – one stroke, one pedal, one step at a time. The competition within myself is what motivates me, as do my training buddies, my husband and my two daughters. The distances of my events is slowly increasing – 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon and from Sprint tri to Olympic tri and dreams of a 1/2 Ironman in 2015. I postponed my 1/2 Ironman plans for this year in order to spend as much time as possible with my daughter before she leaves for boot camp in November. 2014, for me, has been the year of learning about how to be an endurance athlete as a hypoglycemic. I would love to hear tips and suggestions from anyone who also struggles with low blood sugar and has participated in long distance events. I am athlete who participates for the joy and accomplishment of just being able to cross the finish line before my sugars prevent me from even finishing the event – and not for speed. I struggle to stay focused on MY goals, and not someone else’s. I invite you to contact me if you share similar goals and struggles so that we may support each other in our efforts and endeavors! I love to encourage others to set and achieve their fitness goals as I have been encouraged. Initially my motto was: “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.” – now I train and race by: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“I hate running” was my introductory statement 2 ½ years ago at the Run for God group at my church. I told everyone at the meeting I was new to the area and the church and wanted to meet people. I wasn’t a runner at all and would be walking. Well, walking led to jogging which led to running. I have now completed numerous 5 and 10k’s, 4 half marathons and I‘m currently training for my first marathon which is a Disney. I guess you can say I’ve caught the running bug. My motto is, “I may be slow but at least I go!” Early morning runs are my favorite time of day to run. It is a wonderful time for mediation and communication with God. I’m originally from the D.C. area and lived in N.C. for 32 years. I have 3 wonderful grown kids and will soon be a grandma for the first time. I love living in Florida and especially Punta Gorda. I’m excited about being on the Foot Landing Team and looking forward to the upcoming year!
I have been running for over 20 years. Through the years, I have completed several half marathons. Running has always been my constant companion and therapist through the many ups and downs of life. Most recently, running has helped me cope and begin healing from one of life’s most difficult journeys. One of my favorite things when traveling is discovering my vacation spot running through scenic routes. It is incredible how inspiring and uplifting running can be. So easy and convenient to include running gear in your suitcase when traveling. My favorite running partner is my beautiful daughter, Isabella. Isabella definitely has the running gene flowing through her veins. She inspires me and motivates me to run faster and longer. Very excited to be part of Team Foot Landing and to become more involved with the beautiful community that we live in.
I was born and raised in Fort Myers as a 4th generation native. Yes, we do still exist! My athletic endeavors started at an early age with soccer quickly becoming my dominate sport. I have always enjoyed running and did so mainly to stay in shape during the off season for soccer. I ran my first road race, Edison Pageant of Light 5K, at the age of 10. I continued to run through my sophomore year in high school but soccer was my true passion so I started to devote all of my time playing soccer. In 1991, I was fortunate enough to earn a Division I athletic scholarship to play soccer for Stetson University. While attending Stetson I met my wife, Jennifer, and settled in Punta Gorda shortly after her graduation from Stetson College of Law in 1997. We now have two children Kaden, a freshman at Charlotte High, and Nadia a 6th grader at Charlotte Academy. Heaven help us over the next few years! It was just three years ago when I decided to pick up running again and boy am I happy to have my feet hitting the road again! After a 20 year break and at the age of 41, it has been a slow process. Being a part of the Wednesday night “pub runs” is what has helped spark my excitement for running again. I now try to log 20-30 miles per week and my goals for this season are to post a sub 20 minute 5K and finish my first marathon in the spring. When I am not running, I enjoy fishing, boating and spending time with my family at our cabin in the North Georgia mountains.