Cadet: Theresa Ferguson
Age: 43 | City: Wheaton, Ill.
Raising six girls has left Theresa Ferguson with a lot of sleepless nights. “Especially due to colic from four of our own and from the many needs of our other two twin teenagers we raised as foster children,” she says. But when her youngest daughter turned 2 last year, she set a plan to run again.
“Never did I realize the discipline I learned as a mom would lead to a more disciplined passion for running,” she says. “I went from recreational runner to now running six miles every weekday.”
Theresa lost 30 pounds and ran first ever 10K just months after starting to run. She ran her first half marathon this year, finishing 7th in her age group, and is looking to balance her marathon training with her family time. “I want running to fit into my family life,” she says. “But I don’t want to let the training run me.”
Vet: Kate DeProsperis
Age: 34 | City: Dowers Grove, Ill.
Kate DeProsperis competed at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston in January 2012, where she ran a 2:53:29. She’s run as fast as 2:45:16, but this year isn’t about PRs for Kate: She had her first baby in May. “2013 is going to be about getting back into shape,” she says. “I am passionate about running and like to help new runners in whatever way I can to encourage and inspire them to achieve their dreams. I was able to achieve my own goal of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials only because of the support and encouragement of my coach, family and other runners, so I always like to find ways to give back and pay it forward.”