And the Rocking Runner of the Year is…You decide.

Here they are!  all of the Rocking Runners showcased on my blog.  Choose which of these is the Rocking Runner of the Year.

Here they are! all of the Rocking Runners showcased on my blog. Choose which of these is the Rocking Runner of the Year.

So, I’ve been doing this Rocking Runner of the Week on my blog for a little over a year now.  I haven’t been exactly consistent each week showcasing another great and amazing runner from the Lowcountry but I have been consistent in introducing to you or in letting you know a little more about these amazing people in our running community.

Well, since it has always been me who chooses who the Rocking Runner of the Week is I think it’s about time that you, as in everyone that checks out this blog, decide who the Rocking Runner of the Year is.

Now, the rules are pretty simple:

  1. You choose one of the Rocking Runners listed below by either emailing me ( or by simply commenting at the bottom of this blog.  Please do this by no later than Sunday evening (December 22nd) – 6:00 pm.  

Which ever runner below gets the most votes will be our Rocking Runner of the Year!  And, that runner will get a bag full of all kinds of cool stuffs such as:

  1. $20 gift certificate to Fleet Feet Savannah
  2. strobe light
  3. foot rub
  4. socks
  5. 21 gels
  6. Body glide
  7. bottle of electrolyte pills
  8. A bigass container of electrolyte replenishment
  9. sneaker balls for your smelly shoes
  10. cool stickers
  11. and some other cool stuffs that I cannot remember right now.

So, please check out the runners listed below, click on their name for hyperlinking to blog dedicated to them this past year (in order to learn more about she or he) and then send me your vote!

And, what do you get out of all of this? Hey this is Christmas time!  It’s a time of giving!  So, you will be giving one of these special runners a very cool bag of goodies and, will feel very good about doing so!  And, this being the season of miracles, be prepared for receiving a miracle some where along the way.  That miracle you receive might be as simple as winning the big Mega Millions lottery or as grand as getting a hug from me! 🙂

Here they are Run 4 a Reason’s Rocking Runners of the Week since November 2012:

  • Taryn Guimento: A favorite quote: “Run long enough and something is bound to happen”
    Do you have any training tips you would like to share? Don’t listen to what other runners do, you have to know your own body to know what works for you. That’s something I found out. But drink water and run far, really really far!
  • Gary Davis: A favorite quote: ‘Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try’ – Gail Devers
    Are you more into trail running or road running? I love the simplicity of road running but my heart is on the trail in the woods surrounded by everything that nature has to offer.
  • Mary Jo Geiger: A favorite quote: “Run, it makes the road/ground feel needed.” I love this- everyone likes to feel needed. So keep running!”
    what do you get out of running? I love being around people and being outside. I feel free and relaxed.
  • Gregg Geiger: A favorite quote: “DLF>DNF>DNS – Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish is greater than Did Not Start”
    Please name three inspirational runners to you and why they are inspirational (they can be famous, family, friends).
    My wife – I know it sounds hokey, but she has more pereseverance than anyone else I know
  • Kelly Luckett: A favorite quote: “If I can’t run fast, I’ll run far.”
    what do you get out of running? There are so many reasons why I love to run. Not only do I get the health benefits, but running has given me much-needed confidence that carries over into other areas of my life. It has done wonders for my self-esteem. It helps me realize that I can overcome obstacles, both physical and mental.
  • Dimitris Newton: A favorite quote: Both your mind and your foot will make the same step. ~ Dr. Malachi Kobina York
    what do you get out of running? Running helps to clear my mind, gives me time to think and it pushes me to test my body.
  • Karen Jackson: A favorite quote: One thing I repeat to myself and have told my children, especially my son Kyle, who was a wrestler all through high school is how do you know what your limit is if you’ve never reached it? Have you reached that point where you cannot do more? When you wake up tomorrow will you think about what little things you could have done different or can you honestly say that you left it all out there?
    what do you get out of running? The ability to eat what I want! Seriously, also besides the health and fitness aspect, it brings a sense of accomplishment and also, especially since starting ultras, the social aspect brings me out as much as anything.
  • Victoria Ten Broeck: A Favorite quote: “You never stand as tall as when you bend down to help someone”- Anonymous
    Favorite Race?: My favorite race would have to be the Reindeer Run 8k in Savannah. I love that it benefits the Rape Crisis Center and it’s always fun to see all the costume. My other favorite “race” was the Inaugural Emma Blu Memory Run. A bunch of runners and their friends came together to support a family whose daughter passed away just a few weeks ago.
  • Tony Varney: A favorite quote: “Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage” – George Patton
    What do you get out of running?:
    There are several motivations that keep me running: the physical challenge, bragging rights, and the ability to eat awesome food without feeling guilty. The physical benefits can’t be overstated, but the challenge of running & breaking through barriers that I once found impossible is a huge motivator for me.
  • Nathan Davis: A favorite quote: Run Till it Hurts!
    What brought you to running?: My Dad (Gary Davis) because he is a runner and I follow his tracks.
  • Bren Tompkins: A favorite quote: “For a long time it had seemed to me life was about to begin-real life.
    But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. ~Fr. Alfred D’Souza”
    What do you get from running? It makes my back feel better for one and it gives me that great feeling of accomplishment every run. It’s also like my meditation time where I can clear my mind of all the troubles of everyday life. In a lot of ways it’s spiritual to me; especially on the longer runs!
  • Jennifer Rodriguez: A favorite quote: “If you want something bad enough, youll find a way, otherwise, youll find an excuse.”
    What brought you to running? Honestly, I was fat. So I walked a lot for exercise because I was too embarrassed to go to the gym. I needed a goal, so I set myself up for the Bridge Run of 2011. The more people told me how hard it was, the more determined I was not to fail. I LOVED it. I loved it so much 2 weeks later, I ran the Reindeer Run with my son, Morgan, and our family best friend Justin. Morgan was a natural and it was so easy for him. It was something we could do together. I was hooked.
  • Mary Seigal: A favorite quote: “A race is like a work of art that people can look at and be affected by in as many ways as they’re capable of understanding.” Steve Prefontaine
    What do you get from running? Aside from the health benefits I get a chance to clear my mind. Life gets really crazy and I get overwhelmed. Running helps me keep it all in perspective.
  • Takis Kiriakos: a favorite quote: If going through Hell…. keep going!
    What do you get from running? Love that daily challenge of going further or faster than yesterday!
  • Lara Zoeller: A favorite quote: “Pain is temporary”
    What do you get from running? So many things!- a way to push my limits, competition, personal challenge, adrenaline rush, stress relief, and lots of great friends!
  • Austin Gibbs: A favorite quote: “For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight.” Dr. George Sheehan
    What do you get from running? It tends to purify me. Like wringing out a sponge. Mentally and physically I just feel less clogged, less stressed after a run, no matter how long or short.
  • Sarah Bland: A favorite quote: “Your only limit is you.”
    What do you get from running? First, community. I have gained more friendships from the running community than I ever imagined. Runners are some good people. Second, I get a sense of accomplishment. It really feels great to meet training goals, PR a 5k, or finally complete a marathon. Finally, it’s still a stress reliever for me. Even if I don’t shut my mind off, it gives me time to concentrate on something else other than work or grad school.
  • Ted Kobi: Any favorite quote that lends itself to your running and/or philosophy on life? Please share. I’ve never really been into the quotes thing or necessarily tried to live by any specific philosophy … I am far from perfect but I try to do the right thing just cause it’s the right thing to do and that’s it.
    What brought you to running? In high school, running was an escape for me; it was about the only thing I was good at and the only place I felt like I really belonged. More recently was when my dad passed away at the ripe young age of 61. He’d led a very unhealthy life style for most of the years that I can remember and I didn’t want to die young like he did. Although I didn’t necessarily start running again right away, I did try to start living a healthier life style that eventually led to running again.
  • April Groves: A favorite quote: Jeremiah 29:11-13 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’”This is my passage for life in general.
    What do you get from running? Growing up, I was never really good at any sport. I am spatially challenged, I don’t have very good balance, and I am dangerously uncoordinated. In the Navy we had to run. That took all the fun out of it. Now, as a 37 year old mother of four, running has given me a whole new way to test my limits – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Tim Waz: A favorite quote: Running is much more enjoyable when you’re having fun, when you get to a point that it is no longer fun, take a break and wait until the spark comes back.
    What brought you to running? We were FORCED to run a mile during the Presidential Fitness Challenge but we were promised donuts when we finished, so I guess it was donuts and watered down lemonade that got me started, but the fact that I won the race motivated me into wanting to keep going.
  • Sara Maltby: A favorite quote: RUN BITCH! RUN!
    What brought you to running? living with asthma left me unable to be an outdoor girl. my boss at the time was a fantastic runner who supported the last water station of the nashville country music marathon. i helped out one year and witnessed a man finishing his marathon pulling an oxygen tank behind him. i went out and bought shoes and a sport bra that day. changed my life.
  • Hillary FitzHugh: A favorite quote: The 6 “P”s: “prior planning prevents piss poor performance. Stick to it and you will have a good race.”
    What brought you to running? I like the idea of only having myself to hold responsible if I fail or don’t meet my goal.

 It’s a lot of runners, eh?  It’s hard to make a choice, is it not?  These people are all amazing and wonderful and, great!  That is why they have been showcased as Rocking Runners of the Week!  

It’s gonna be a tough choice but you gotta do it!  Remember what Nike says, – JUST DO IT!  Choose one and forever be happy! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and making this happen!

Be prepared to be a Rocking Runner of the Week next year!  I’ll be looking for you guys!  And, at the end of next year, we’ll choose another RRotYear and, it may be you!

Peace to you and yours!

Happy Holidays!

God bless you all!



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19 comments for “And the Rocking Runner of the Year is…You decide.

  1. 2013/12/17 at 7:19 pm

    Karen Jackson

  2. Drew Walker
    2013/12/17 at 7:33 pm

    Karen Jackson 🙂

  3. 2013/12/17 at 8:00 pm

    Bren Tompkins

  4. Robin Wheeler
    2013/12/17 at 8:12 pm

    Sara Maltby. I don’t even know her but she inspires me. And I have first hand observed her push herself past her limits then turn around without stopping to reach back and pull her fellow runners along with her. It’s not just about what you do, it’s also how you do it. Good leaders are not those that stand above, they stand along side. Job well done!

  5. 2013/12/18 at 5:39 am

    My vote for rockin’ runner of the the year is: Sara Maltby

  6. Kara Greathouse
    2013/12/18 at 7:20 am

    What a beautifully diverse group of runners! They all bring something wonderful and unique to the running community, and they are all winners and people that I look up to.

    My vote though, is for Lara Zoeller. Two 100s, including inaugural CAF. She can run on trails and road, in the lowcountry or the mountains. She places or wins most races that she enters. She volunteers or paces races that she doesn’t run. She also did something pretty special this year by assisting two runners, myself and Verity, achieve our goals of finishing our first ultra marathons by pacing us.

  7. Wes Asselin
    2013/12/18 at 7:20 am

    Lara Zoeller gets my vote….. Pinhoti !!

  8. Tony Varney
    2013/12/18 at 10:50 am

    Sweet jebus this is tough because I’m so close to everyone. However, I gotta say Kelly Luckett for more reasons than I can even vocalize. Love her heart and her many accomplishments!

  9. Holly
    2013/12/18 at 1:45 pm

    Victoria ten broeck- she was very encouraging to me when I was training for the savannah rock and roll half marathon and her elf on the run was so much fun and inspiring!

  10. Matthew Roach
    2013/12/18 at 9:12 pm

    Sara Maltby
    Extremely hard choice. So many absolutely awesome runners on this list.

  11. Beth Lynch
    2013/12/19 at 2:07 am

    Hillary Fitzhugh gets my vote. Not only for being a great friend. But, after breaking my back. I’ve had a hard time just finding a way to go walking, because it hurts my feet so bad. She helped me find what I needed, even walked with me complaining till we got it right. Without her help and persistence of me getting out there and stop fearing the pain……I think, well know I wouldn’t have done the events that I have been able to do with the Wounded Warrior Project.

  12. Trina Pinkney
    2013/12/19 at 2:40 pm

    Karen Jackson….3 hundred and what, yep I am in awww!!

  13. Don Smith
    2013/12/19 at 2:44 pm

    Karen Jackson. Two obvious reasons: Sole finisher and Win at Kinston, NC 250k and 1st Place in the Tarheel border to border 367 mile challenge. She does it with style, and a smile!

  14. Chris Rawlins
    2013/12/19 at 6:02 pm

    Karen. Duh.

  15. Melissa Hodge
    2013/12/19 at 8:35 pm

    Kelly Luckett– she is an inspirational and amazing person and always has a smile on her face!

  16. 2013/12/19 at 8:37 pm

    Kelly Luckett– she is an inspiration and amazing person and always has a smile on her face

  17. Troy Harper
    2013/12/20 at 12:07 am

    Karen Jackson

  18. Takis
    2013/12/20 at 4:30 am

    Tim Waz. He’s unstoppable!

  19. PammyD
    2013/12/20 at 7:29 pm

    Tough choices al great runners with some really inspiring stories – but I’ve really been inspired by Karen Jackson! She has my vote!

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