In 2006 when Anna Langston ran her first half marathon, the race became more than a personal challenge. On that December morning at mile 10 she exited Overton Park and ran past the Target House. “Seeing the families and supporters of St. Jude cheering with signs was eye-opening for me,” she says. “I realized I was running for a cause.” Every year since, Anna has participated in the St. Jude fundraiser, except the two she was pregnant with her children.
The year following her first race, Anna completed the St. Jude Marathon, the longest distance she had yet to run. She fell in love with the exhilaration of the race, which motivated her to pursue a career in health and wellness. Anna got her personal trainer certification and went back to school at the University of Memphis, earning a master’s degree in Health and Sport Science.
“The work that St. Jude does is so important, and I love being a part of a team that supports such a worthy cause.”
Anna started her career in corporate wellness by getting a job at Smith & Nephew and is now their Fitness Center’s Program Manager. She works with over 200 members by coaching them, creating training plans, and mentoring them to reach their fitness goals. Smith & Nephew fundraises for St. Jude with a Corporate Challenge Team. Their team averages about 50 participants every year and in 2015 they raised more than $20,000 for the children’s hospital.
“The work that St. Jude does is so important, and I love being a part of a team that supports such a worthy cause,” Anna says. Having just completed the Chicago marathon last month, the 34-year-old will be tackling in the half marathon this December.
By Christin Yates. Photo by Philip Murphy.