Ambassador - Ginette Gelardi

 	Ambassador-GinetteGelardi2.pngIf you had told me 10 years ago that I would be running, I would have laughed and laughed. In 2014, I completed the Big Blue 5k (my first) and the runners high hit me. Sadly, my doctor had told me to give up the dream of running. I was diagnosed with chondromalacia patellae. Growing up, I was in dance until my freshman year of college. From all the years in the studio, my knees suffered. The first orthopedist said that my knees were so far gone that running would further damage my knees and I’d need knee replacements sooner rather than later. Not one to be discouraged, I found a new doctor who helped me and I was able to start running regularly in 2016. My second opinion was the same diagnosis, but different course of treatment. I was in physical therapy with the most amazing PT for six months and was cleared when I successfully completed the 2017 Shamrock Half. I am by no means the fastest out there. I like to compare races to a mullet: Business in the front and a party in the back. I am a proud back-of-the-packer. I have completed several 5Ks, 8Ks, and 10Ks and four half marathons. Running has given me a strength I never thought I had. I completed my ultimate running goal of completing the 2019 New York City Marathon. I love encouraging others to get out there and have fun.