Where were you born and raised? I was born in Voorburg, The Netherlands. My family moved to Southern California when I was 11 year old, with six children. The summer before my junior year in high school, we moved to Simi Valley, CA, at that time a new community.
How did you get started running? I remember one race in summer camp in The Netherlands. I must have done well, because I got to pick a prize. I chose a book.
While at Simi HIgh School, a tall girl in my French class suggested we join the track team to get more involved. Sounded good to me. Ive been running ever since. It was impressive that the school even had a girls’ team as this was in the 1960’s, before Title 9. We were not allowed to practice with the boys on the track, ran on a field and would practice jumps etc. when the boys were at an away meet. Amazingly, serveral years later I was the girls’ coach, and not only did we practice with the boys, we even rode on the same bus with them to meets.
Favorite distance to run: In my meyday. I loved running 5K.s in my 30;s and 40;s. There were plenty of them around, not too far too drive, and I loved running fast.
Now, I would like to run 1/2 marathons.
Favorite race: My favorite races were the Almond Bowl 5K,s at Bidwell Park in Chico, CA. The age group winners would receive a custom made bowl filled with locally grown almonds.
Favorite TNT event this year: The Fourth of July run. So much good spirit!!!
Favorite place to run: Here it has to be South Mountain. I find it peaceful, and always a nice combination on hiking and jogging. When we are traveling, I love to run new places to discover what there is to see and do.
Favorite Quote: Dont waste the gift
If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? I would love to run a race in The Netherlands.
Other Hobbies: Hugging the grandbabies, Traveling, and reading.
Advice for new runners: Run for the enjoyment you get out of it. It is your personal accomplishment that is important. The most satisfaction I got coaching was seeing each individual runner reach a personal goal they had set.