Meet RUNColumbus team member Shay Baker. Shay and her husband Tim have two children—Olivia (7) and Liam (2), and a four-year-old Goldendoodle Benji. Shay recently started her second marathon training cycle for Chicago this fall and is training with her “amazing friends” at Columbus Running Company Westerville.

Why/when did you start running? I started running in 2016 because of my husband. He had been a runner for a while and a lot of our first dates included 5K races. After that, I got the running bug and started to challenge myself to go the distance, 6ish years and multiple 5K, 10K, half-marathons, and one marathon later, I’m still running strong!

What is your favorite aspect(s) of running? It’s hard to pick one favorite aspect, but I’d say that time for myself and doing something for me. I love the challenging aspect of running and seeing the continuous improvement through races. I also love the social aspect of running and making friends along the way!

What excites you about being part of the RUNColumbus Race Series and Team? I’m somewhat new to the Columbus area and I joined so I could meet more people and get to know more races in the area!

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