Here is an excerpt from the email nomination: "Sam is an inspiration to me because she continuously pushes herself day in and day out and has helped several of her friends and family achieve their running/fitness goals. She is relentless, selfless, motivating and strong. She has completed countless 5Ks, half marathons, marathons (including trail), and a half iron man. Her love for running is truly admirable, and she is always training for the next race or goal."
**What motivates you to run/walk?
A couple of things motivate me to run. It used to be just the peace I felt while I was running. I now have a running partner, Kasey Spindler, who pushes me to get out there, get faster, and push myself.
**How many races have you participated in?
I’ve done 1 70.3 triathalon, 4 marathons, 15 half marathons, and countless races between 5K-10K.
**Whatage did you start running/walking for fun & competitively?
I grew up playing soccer and ran as a way to be in shape for that. I ran cross country my sophomore year of high school and then did not really run races again until my sophomore year of college.
**What is your favorite race distance?
I’m not sure which race is my favorite because I love them all. I love the feeling of accomplishment I get when I finish a distance like a 70.3 or a full marathon.
**Favorite place to run/walk?
I love the USI Burdette trail, but I also enjoy road runs out in the country.
**Favorite local race?
I always really enjoy the Evansville Half Marathon.
**Favorite race outside of the Tri-State?
I love the Thunder Road Race (Half marathon or marathon) in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Knoxville Covenant Health Half and Full marathon.
**Farthest you have traveled to do a race?
Seattle Washington has been the farthest trip so far.
**Favorite race memory?
My favorite race memory is probably the entire day of the Bowling Green Half Marathon. It was a great race and Kasey and I both got 3rd in our age divisions.
**Craziest thing you saw at or during a race?
I really can’t think of anything crazy. The Tinkerbell Half at Disney Land was pretty cool since you run through the park and all of the characters are there.
**Favorite pre & post-race meal/drink?
I like bagels with peanut butter and banana.
I love ice cream, so I always eat ice cream or drink a shake after a race.
**What is your favorite brand of running shoe?
I really do not have a favorite brand. I love Asics Nimbus for my cushion shoes and Brooks Launch for my shorter runs.
**How many miles do you run/walk a week?
It depends but somewhere between 30 and 50 usually.
**What are your future goals for running/walking?
I really want to run a half or full in every state.
**Favorite time of day to run?
I like early morning runs when it is hot, but afternoon runs when it is cold.
**Favorite weather to run in?
Any temperature between 45 and 60 is pretty nice.
**Music or no music?
No music, Kasey and I talk the entire time.