Katie Treston Aurand

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Age & Hometown: 29, Hometown: Brighton, Michigan

Current resident: Traverse City

Employment: Trauma Physician Assistant, Munson Medical Center

Family: Jan (Mom), Paul (Dad), Kristi (Sister), Nick (Boyfriend), Nike Joe Louis (Golden Retriever)

Years running: 7

Why do you run? (enter cliché answer about it clearing my mind, soul, and being beautiful unicorns all the time). Real answer: I love doughnuts, pizza, sweating, and crossing the finish line at Boston.

Running accomplishments:

  • 4x Boston Marathon Qualifier
  • My Golden Retriever, Nike Joe Louis, took first canine at the Jingle Bell 5K and the Resolution 5K
  • 1st female Vineyard to Bay 25K
  • 1st female Ice Cube Half Marathon
  • (Non-running) AuSable River Canoe Marathon Finisher x 2

Favorite running shoes: Newton Fate

Favorite races:

  • Marathon: Boston and Philadelphia
  • Half Marathon: Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Roll Tide.
  • 10-miler: Broad Street, Philadelphia
  • 5K: Definitely not my favorite. Cheers to all you short distance runners.
  • Triathlon: M22 Challenge

Favorite race distance: Marathon

Running hero: Kara Goucher, Lauren Fleshman

Favorite pre-race meal: Bagel, almond butter, coffee.

Goals for 2018:

Favorite running quote: 1. Badass is beautiful. 2. “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”- Nelson Mandela

Best running advice given to me: Run Faster- Kristi, my sister.

What is one thing your teammates would say about you? My teammate for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, my sister, says that I am a much better runner than a paddler.

How do you feel about representing the TCTC by being a TCTC Race Team Member? I am beyond excited to have met an awesome group of people who share the same passion of running and racing.