Susan Townsend


Age and Hometown: 49 years young on Jan. 25th. We moved to TC 12 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC.

Current Resident of: Traverse City

Family: George, husband of almost 25 years, and George (22) and Sarah (18)

Years Running: 30+

Why do you run: Running allows me to get outside in nature to reset myself. Running makes me feel invincible, like I can accomplish everything! Even though plenty of people are faster than me, I love that I can just run for MY best. Running is my “alone” time when I have the chance to think things over and put them in perspective. Running also feeds my need for self-discipline. Lastly, I love how running puts you in an instant community whenever you are out running or at a race.

Running Accomplishments: I ran over 30 races last year, participating in the Grand Prix series. It was so much fun because it took me to races I would have never gone to otherwise. I also ran the Boston Marathon in 2017 and plan to run it again in April 2018.

Favorite Race(s): Boston, Bayshore Half, Cherry Festival Half, Vineyard to Bay and really all the races on the Grand Prix are great!

Favorite Running Race Distance: Half or full marathon

Favorite Pre-race meal: Banana or Lara bar

Any Goals for 2018: I would like to continue in my training for Boston, but also explore some other training programs/techniques, just to mix it up some this year.

Favorite Running Quote:

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” and

“So, I run with purpose in every step…” 1 Corinthians 9:26

Best running advice given to me: Train fast to race fast, run the mile you’re in and don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t go as planned.

Dumbest running moment: Not hydrating well the day before a race.

What other interests do you have outside of running?

Paddle boarding, biking, hiking, gardening, knitting/crocheting and most of all, being with my family and friends.

How do you feel about and how do you plan to represent the Traverse City Track Club as a Race Team member?

I am so grateful to be on the Race Team again this year.

Being part of TCTC this past year was such a blessing. I was able to meet and get to know so many people this year. Just having the support and friendship of so many people has been great. I love how the running community has really become my extended family!