Meet the Competitors: Mary Ballinger
Mary Ballinger | @run_mary | Women’s Mile
Mary Ballinger joins us from Blowing Rock, NC and Zap Fitness. She recently won “The Bear,” a 5 mile climb from the bottom of Linville, NC to the top of Grandfather Mountain. She took over a minute off the course record. She’s a steepler as well, so you could say her pain threshold is high.
5 Things About Me: Mary Ballinger
I grew up next to Lake Michigan in Indiana. I’ve run thousands of miles on the sandy trails at the beach there.
I worked as a prenatal and infant nutritionist before training with Zap Fitness.
I was a ski bum in Colorado for a year but haven’t gone skiing since.
I’ve been in love with the steeplechase since my first race in 2007. I’ve taken over 2 minutes off that time.
Motorcycles make me happy.