Vicky Amato

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Age & Hometown:  53; Hudson, MI

Current resident:  Suttons Bay, MI

Employment: Retired Flight Attendant of 20 years

Family: Husband Duane, 2 sons; Nicholas (Senior @ Uof M) and Andrew (Senior @ TC West), 2 Step-Daughters; Andrea (Wisconsin) and Shannon ( Savannah, GA). Pampered Poodle; Dakota

Years running:  I started running about 29 years ago and ran on and off over the years because of injuries and raising my family.  I’ve never loved running more than in the last few years with the TCTC family.

Why do you run?  I love that it gets me outside year around. It has become my social network. It keeps me feeling strong. It clears my head. It lets me eat dessert!

Running accomplishments:  In 2017, I competed in 38 races, winning 15 age group first place, 10 second place, and 1 third place finish. I was able to make a huge PR last year taking 3 minutes off my previous years time. I also won the TCTC Grand Prix series!

Favorite running shoes:  Saucony Triumph ISO

Favorite races:  Race to the Tomb, Vineyard 2 Bay, Cherry Festival 5k

Favorite race distance:  5k

Running hero:  My family, they inspire me to reach new goals and ALWAYS encourage me!!! They all are great runners.

Favorite pre-race meal:  Cliff Bar, 1/2 banana, coffee

Goals for 2018:  Run smarter, healthier. Build on strength and wellness. Incorporate balance in training and racing. I would like to be able to run longer distances.

Favorite running quote:  “The voice inside your head that says ‘you can’t do it’,  is a liar”!

Best running advice given to me:  Don’t ever stop.

What is one thing your teammates would say about you?  I’m enthusiastic.

How do you feel about representing the TCTC by being a TCTC Race Team Member?   I’m honored to represent the TCTC. I have such a love for this club and its members, and I’m proud to be on the Race Team. I love sharing so many of the positive perks and attributes of being a member, which I get to do a lot of because of the curiosity people have when they see us in our shirts! I really encourage others to join our group, because I think it’s the BEST for countless reasons! Our club changes lives.