I ran my first half marathon at the Gazelle Girl in 2016. I remember clearly being nervous and being doubtful at the start line. A friend of mine ran with me for part of that race. She encouraged me and helped me power through the miles. I will never forget the feeling of pure joy when I finished the race that year. I did it! I talked my aunt into her first half marathon at the Gazelle Girl 2017. This time, I got to be the one who encouraged her and help her get through the miles. I got to see her experience the joy of accomplishing 13.1 miles. It would be a great privilege to be a pacer and encourage others to get to the finish line in 2018.