La Juane (“LJ”) Cooks

Welcome to first-year RUNColumbus participant LJ! LJ and his wife Gretchen have two kids, Kylie and Alexi, three dogs (Colby, Aspen, and Mercury), and one cat (Rue).

Here are a few fun facts about LJ:

Why did you start running? I started to push myself and see what I’m capable of. It also quickly became a way for me to relax.

Favorite thing about running? The time to clear my head and focus.

Favorite race(s) in Central Ohio? Lifeline of Ohio Dash for Donation, Columbus 10K, and the Columbus Marathon/Half Marathon.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started? Believe in yourself! You will make progress and you will need time to get there. Stay committed and be consistent.

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