What a year… I have completed 3 full marathons, 3 half marathons, a
15K and a few 5Ks!  Last November I contacted running coach Todd Shellenberger with
Tri Guy Fitness in the hopes that he could prepare me for The Big Five
Marathon in South Africa.  He welcomed me and began right away to
develop a training plan.  From November on he was available for
questions, help, advice and anything else I needed.  He also provided
monthly support with customized training schedules.  I trained with
him until I left for Africa in June.  I was excited for the trip and
when I arrived I was ready to view the course.  The elevation, rocky
and sand terrain, water and mountains were unimaginable.  It was
overwhelming, but I knew that I was prepared.  It took nearly 5 hours
to drive the course!  Race morning came and there I was… ready to run
26.2 miles, some of which would be run on the steepest paved road in
the southern hemisphere.  I took off and followed the advice of Coach
IMAG1407Shellenberger.  On the course I encountered elephants, rhinos,
giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, wildebeests and hippos.  Along the way
there were local tribesmen and armed soldiers who were prepared to
shoot any animal should a runner be in danger.  This kept me on my
toes.  I had a great race, but it was physically the hardest task I
have completed to date.  If I could do it over again, I would not
change a thing!

Tara DeRossett

Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy

EL / Spanish Teacher