Not only did Melisa enjoy that first half marathon, it
spurred her on to complete many races after that. “I really fell in love with the excitement
that comes with racing, she said.” “Running is a sport that is truly humbling –
you cannot size anyone up based on their appearance – age and size are no
indicator of speed or ability. Since that first half marathon, I have gone on
to run almost 100 races, including 9 full marathons, as well as weight loss
totaling almost 100 pounds.” She has no
plans for slowing down anytime soon, either!
In addition to her next feat to run the Marine Corps Marathon 50K Ultra
in 2019, her goal is to complete all six World Marathon Majors and thus far,
she’s completed Chicago and Berlin.
Melisa grew up on a dairy farm and eating beef was a staple
in her house. She recognizes that fad
diets and misinformation about food and the production of food are quick to
trend and spread in the media culture today.
As a member of Northeast Team Beef, she “appreciates the opportunity to
share real facts and information about beef and agriculture so that people can
make educated decisions about their protein sources.”
Melisa is currently the Director of Communications and
Marketing with the Agricultural Retailers Association based in Washington,
D.C. A few fun facts about Melisa is she
is a volunteer member and officer for the D.C. State Fair! In her spare time, she also loves to read and