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Winter Warriors: Sammy Hager

Sammy Hager: A Winter Warrior's Journey of Transformation

Hello, fellow runners and friends of Fleet Feet Meridian! As we embrace the colder days and challenge ourselves with winter running, I want to share an incredible story from our Winter Warrior program. It's about a remarkable group member, Sammy Hager, whose journey is nothing short of inspirational.

Sammy's Turning Point

Sammy's adventure began two years ago, stemming from a sobering experience at Lagoon amusement park where she couldn't fit on the rides. This led to a pivotal self-question: "What sport do you hate the most?" For Sammy, it was running. But instead of backing away, she confronted it head-on. Sammy registered for a 5K and started running them monthly. Among these, Fleet Feet Meridian runs stood out, providing a supportive and caring environment that resonated deeply with her.

From Challenge to Triumph

Initially weighing 357 pounds and pre-diabetic, Sammy embarked on a transformative path. Through dedication and hard work, she has lost an incredible 160 pounds, tackled numerous half marathons, and is now preparing for her first full marathon! Her journey with Fleet Feet and our Winter Warriors program played a crucial role, offering her the support and community she needed.

The Power of Community

What makes Sammy's story so inspiring is not just her personal health achievements but also her discovery of a running community. Joining Winter Warriors, she found a group of like-minded individuals who became her support network. This newfound camaraderie propelled her to take on new challenges like the Robie Creek race, the Owyhee Off-Road Challenge, and even the Spudman Triathlon.

Fleet Feet: More Than Just a Running Store

Sammy's transformation is a testament to her determination, but also to the environment we foster here at Fleet Feet. We're more than a store for running shoes; we're a community that supports each runner's journey. The Winter Warriors program, meeting six days a week during the coldest days, is an example of this spirit.

Join Us and Be Inspired

If you're looking for running shoes in Meridian, or if you want to be part of a community that pushes you to be your best, come join us at Fleet Feet. Whether you're a seasoned runner or just starting out, there’s a place for you here. And who knows? You might just find yourself inspired by incredible stories like Sammy's.

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