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Weekend Warrior: Margaret Molteni, 24

Check out Margaret’s Sweet Potato Nacho Recipe!

BIRTHPLACE: Nashville, TN

JOB: Recreational Therapist and Activities Director for Signature Health Care at St. Peter Villa in Midtown

SPORT: Running, mountain biking, and climbing

FAMILY: Parents in Nashville; Sister, brother-in-law, and niece in Memphis

FIT TEAM: I’m on the Fleet Feet Race Team and do all of their group runs. When I moved to Memphis, I went to a Monday night group run after my first day of work and they immediately took me in. They were my first friends in the city. I also love the running community at Lululemon and enjoy all of their events.

“I’ve been running since first signing up for Cross Country in kindergarten and I love that it’s a sport that even adults can compete in as long as your body will let you.”

BRAGGING RIGHTS: My last big races were Race 13.1 Memphis in April and the St. Jude Marathon in December. Last year I placed first overall female in the Youth Villages 10-miler, the Cooper Young 4-miler, Broad Avenue 5k, and Madonna Learning Center 4-miler. I placed second in the MRTC Winter Off-Road Race Series, the SRVS Bunny Run, Zoom through the Zoom, and Race 13.1 Nashville.

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Qualifying for the Boston Marathon last year at St. Jude was pretty exciting and running the Amsterdam marathon in 2013.

I RUNNING: I’ve been running since first signing up for Cross Country in kindergarten and I love that it’s a sport that even adults can compete in as long as your body will let you. I also love the social aspect of running and how welcoming the running community is. I use my blog, Youngandrungry, as a way to connect with and encourage other runners and it’s really exciting to be able to do that on a daily basis.

IN TRAINING FOR: The M-Town series, H+F Broad Ave 5k, Cooper Young 4-miler, and Race 13.1 Nashville, and Boston 2017.

WW MUST-HAVE’S: I wear Brooks Pureflows or Saucony Kinvara, Garmin Forerunner 620, Oiselle or Moving Comfort Sports Bras, usually Lululemon or Oiselle Shorts, and any Craft apparel.

BUCKET LIST: I am officially planning to sign up for Boston 2017. Also on my list is an ultra marathon, a half iron man, and to shave off a minute to break 1:30 in the half marathon.

BEST EATS: I eat at The Farmer more than I’m willing to admit. My family and I are addicted. I always order the fish special, which usually comes with the most delicious kale and mashed sweet potatoes.

SPLURGE: Red wine and chocolate

IF YOU COULD COME BACK AS AN ANIMAL WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE: Definitely a mountain goat. I grew up running the trails in my backyard and it’s my favorite way to enjoy the sport. There’s an added element of adrenaline and freedom that you don’t quite get on the road.

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander

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