Chances are if you’re in a running group in Richmond, Mara’s in it too! In addition to working at Sports Backers she’s the membership coordinator, race director, and timer for the Richmond Road Runners Club, and she’s also part of various other groups, including the Sunday Dog Pack, One For The Road, and City Stadium Runners. Mara first started with Sports Backers as a training team coach for the 10k and the half marathon. As our Event Manager she handles our registration, info and marathon emails, event entertainment, and our ambassador program. When she’s not running stuff (pun intended) you can find her at brunch, chilling at a brewery, or hanging out on a deck somewhere. She loves the James River Park System, North Bank and Buttermilk Trails, Brown’s Island for concerts, and the patio at Ardent. As a former JMU Duke you might see her rocking her purple and gold on a game day.
Favorite Richmond restaurant: “821, best brunch in town!”
What did you want to be when you “grew up”: “Photographer or Protector of Trees.”
Celebrity you’d like to be best friends with: “Dave Grohl, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, and Joe Biden.”
Favorite Sports Backers event: “Training Team, it’s so rewarding to watch someone start who never thought that they would be able to get through, complete, and exceed their own expectations.”