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December 2016 Team Highlights

Happy New Year! Now that we’re through the chaos of the holidays and fully embarking on 2017, let’s take a glance back at how our teammates closed out last year and chat a little about what our team has on the agenda for the coming months.

December was a lighter month overall for our plant-powered team, though it tends to be in the running community—off-season and all. The kickass women of SHVP ain’t got no time for that, though. Off-season schmoff-season, amiright ladies?

 

Carrie Hineline (top left) ran the Caroler 5k in Orchard Park, NY.

Laura Kline (bottom) took on The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championship. She finished 11th female with a time of 7:47:53. Check out her race report here.

Samantha LeBlanc (top right) completed the TARC Fells Winter Ultra 40-Miler, the farthest distance she’s ever run. She finished the challenging course in 8:01:56 as 4th female—and the 5th female ever to finish the race since it started 5 years ago. Read her race report here.

 

I, Britt LoSacco (top), ran the Jingle Bell Jog 4-Miler, finishing in 32:40. I also completed the Ted Corbitt 15k, walking the whole race due to a strained tendon but determined to finish so I could complete my 9+1 for guaranteed entry into next year’s NYC Marathon.

Trish Novelli (bottom right) participated in her first ever indoor track meet at West Point Military Academy. She ran the 1 mile in 6:32—a PR of 11 seconds!—and also competed in the 3k, finishing with a time of 13:21.

Ellie Pell (bottom left) also ran The North Face Endurance Challege. It was her first 50-mile race and she finished with a time of 7:59:57, coming in 15th female. Read her race recap for all the details.

 

Continuing in the spirit of awesome lady runners, check out this great article that Laura Kline wrote for Topo Athletic on women in ultrarunning. Personal interjection: As a woman who had a planned homebirth, which included riding out 16 hours of natural labor (17 if you include the hour of pushing), the notion of a woman’s innate ability to “suffer long and suffer hard” really resonated with me. Whether or not we choose to reproduce, every woman has this strength deep within. Laura totally kaled it with this piece!

And since vegan activism is at the heart of why we all come together to do what we do, definitely take a second to read this letter to the editor written by our team co-founder Joel Capolongo in response to a piece about an upstate NY dairy farmer who enjoys trolling vegans and blaming them for her industry’s decline. Spoiler alert: It’s not us, dairy lady, it’s you.

Last but not least, here’s what we’ve got coming up in 2017! The Strong Hearts Vegan Power crew will be back out in full force for two more Ragnar Series Relay events, throwing down for the first time at Pennsylvania in June and returning to the Adirondacks come September. In the meantime, we’ll keep on sharing all the awesome things our teammates are up to here, on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram. And if you think you might want to pound some pavement for the animals, inquire about joining the team at runwithus@strongheartsveganpower.org.

Britt is a writer, recipe developer, runner, and vegan mama. Her mission: to show the world that veganism is accessible, delicious, and generally awesome.

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