45, McDonald’s Corporation District Manager, Volunteer for Team RMHC and Director of Kids Run for MRTC
I have completed 15 marathons, more than 50 half marathons (including Hamburg, Germany, Tel Aviv, Israel, Innichen, Italy), and tons of other races. I have won my fair share of medals in 5Ks and 10Ks and have been a Road Warrior several times. Also placed in a sprint triathlon
Most Fun Run:
My favorite event is the Chicago marathon. This year will be my 7th year running for Team RMHC. As a small team in this area, we have raised over $84,000 in the past to contribute to the larger team RMHC. Nothing beats the crowds and the people yelling your name in Chicago.
I <3 Running
I love to run because it gives me time to think, relax, and be the best Dayna I can be. It helped me make the best friends that I could ever imagine. When I went through a challenging time in my life, I set out and ran for 720 days in a row until I was back to my regular self again.
I am running the Tupelo Half and the Chicago Marathon. I usually do the road series too. Most importantly, I can’t wait to work with the WRWM Intermediate 1 group and direct MRTC Kids in the Fall!
I must always have my fit bit and my Garmin!
I am recovering from having a neuroma removed from my foot, and I have not run in eight weeks. I don’t know about everyone else, but keeping weight off is also a challenge.
McDonald’s—just kidding. I love Babalu. Love the tapas and a glass of Sangria or a Sangria sampler.
My passions are my family, our four dogs (Mocha, Muffin, Latte, and Beepers), being happy, traveling, and living life to the fullest.
Run fast, run safe, run with your heart, and always be true to yourself.
INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY TAYLOR TARTERA.