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If I ran 5 miles, Tracy Cohen-Peranteau will have run 7.  If I ran 12 miles, Tracy will have run 8 miles that morning and will plan to run 10 miles before she goes to bed.  Needless to say, this woman makes the "energizer bunny" look. . .not so energized! Seriously! LOL!

I can't remember how I met Tracy because we are in a lot of the same running/gym and cycling circles.  What I will say, no matter where I bump into Tracy she is always positive and her energy level is off the charts! This amazing Poway teacher and mother of two finds a way to get all her miles in and compete on the weekends.  Running and cycling are her true passions and if you need someone to put a "jolt" in your step, talk to Tracy for 5 minutes!  Everyone has their own story, you just never know which one will strike a cord with you!  Here is my friend,  Tracy's story. . .get motivated and get moving!

"I began running marathons as therapy from losing my mom to breast cancer in 2004.  The more I ran, the more I needed to run - until it became my "endorphin drug of choice".  After my first marathon, I realized that if I trained, I could earn a Boston qualifying time and I did running the Boston marathon in 2006.  I have run 36 marathons since and I love "destination races".  What a great way to see the country! My goal is to run a marathon in all 50 states, fourteen done, so far.


"Oceanside Half Ironman 2010
Bike Crashed, I kept going & finished!"
Run Happy and Keep Moving!
I began competing in triathlons competing in triathlons in 2007, when the orthopedic doctor said, "you better learn to bike and swim, if you want to heal that stress fracture in your foot."  It is more important for me to do this forever, so I began competing in endurance triathlons (half and full Ironman distance) instead of worrying about speed.  After all, the cost of an Ironman ($500-$600), I might as well get my money's worth, for my 12-14 hour day of racing! I will compete in my 6th full Ironman next September in Lake Tahoe: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run. 


Now. . .on to something new: Ultra-marathon running!!! Last September I tried a 50K (32 miles). In January, I ran the entire Catalina Island (50 miles) and over Memorial Day, I ran 100 miles in 26.8 hours!! I earned my first "100 mile" belt buckle and look forward to more endurance racing.  'Never Ever Give Up' is my motto!


What drives me? Living life to the fullest.  Never take anything for granted. Remind those you love, often.  Treating others as you want to be treated.  Speak and live your life in a positive way - life is too short to be negative!!!"