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Growing up, Jill’s parents were avid runners. They ran together and with friends, and they spent weekends participating in road races. Sometimes her parents would sign her up for races, and she would participate, but she never considered herself a runner. She actually rarely enjoyed running in her youth. Although she ran some throughout high school and into her 20s, she feels her true running started in her early 30s when a colleague of hers convinced her to run her first marathon in Portland, Oregon. They trained together, and Jill quickly began to truly enjoy running. Finishing that first marathon was the best feeling ever! She began training regularly for marathons. She joined two local running groups is Spokane, WA, The Manito Running Club and The Flying Irish Running Club, where she also met Eric, her husband. The people in these running groups became her best friends. When Eric and Jill moved to Frederick, they knew they needed to find a similar running club to join, and they found it in the Frederick Steeplechasers. Jill has 26 marathons under her belt and has a goal of running a marathon in every state. When she is not running, she is teaching 7th grade English in Frederick County, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling as much as possible!
Eric had an active childhood growing up in sunny California. While he displayed running tendencies while playing soccer in high school, it wasn’t until 1998 when he developed his running out of necessity after joining the Air Force. With youth on his side, he entered his first 5K in Grand Forks, North Dakota and managed to finish 2nd overall with a time of 17:28. He would continue to run short distances here and there until he was later diagnosed with diabetes in 2004. In an effort to overcome this new hurdle in his life, he decided to up his running game. Now he can be found running road and trail races ranging up to 50 miles in distance. His effort and dedication to the sport got him recognized as the 2015 FSRC Runner of the Year. While Eric is a competitor at heart, his love for running is sustained through interactions with runners tackling new running goals. When Eric is not running, he enjoys riding high wheel bicycles with his wife Jill.
After running for a few years in my 20’s, I took some time off to focus on a career in software engineering while raising two daughters. I got back to it in 1996 at age 40, and started seriously going after the marathon distance in 2005. Lou and I are averaging 2 to 3 marathons a year as we pursue our quest to complete marathons in all 50 states. We got started kind of late in life, so we will need to pick up the pace in order to finish! We love the travel and try to work in some hiking and visits to National Parks as we make our way around the country. Since retiring from Hughes Network Systems in 2012, I have spent much of my spare time volunteering for the Steeplechasers in various roles, including club treasurer and race director of the Frederick Women’s Distance Festival. I’ve learned a lot about operating in the nonprofit world, and we’ve made some great friends in the running community.
Nicole Davis began running at age 38 in an effort to be “Fit by Forty,” and after a rough, inconsistent start, finally found her stride on the trails. Though she primarily runs for the pure joy of just being out in nature and socializing with friends, she does on occasion race distances from 5k’s to ultras. Becoming a runner sparked a new passion in her life. As a biomechanical engineer turned physical therapist, she now specializes in running injury prevention and management. She is also an RRCA Level II Certified Running Coach. As the FSRC Training Programs Co-Coordinator, she enjoys teaching runners of all ages how to run healthy and happy. When she isn’t running, Nicole also enjoys hiking, creative arts, and just hanging out with her husband and four kids.