Gina’s running career started when she decided to join the Navy in 2005. She never ran in high school or college and was concerned that she wouldn't be able to pass the Navy physical fitness test that included a 1 1/2 mile run. When Gina reported to military training camp, she found out she could "chick" all of the men in her class. It wasn't too much later that Gina met her husband Steve, a college Division 1 runner and a marathoner/ultramarathoner. He was an integral part of getting her into longer distance races and ultimately introduced her to Navy Running and her current coach, Jim Felty. Since then, Gina's running improved from a 2:56 marathon to a PR of 2:39.
Despite her accomplishments in the 2012 and 2016 marathon Olympic Trials, she decided to move up in distance and focus on ultramarathons. Since March 2016, Gina established herself in the ultrarunning community, setting the World Record in 100 mile distance and placing 4th at the 24hr World Games in Belfast, Ireland. She was the 10th ranked ultrarunner of the year in 2016 and had the 2016 performance of the year.
Most buzzworthy accomplishment:
Broke the 100 mile World Record in 13:45:49 previously held by Ann Trason dating back to 1991, 4th at 24Hr World Championships in Belfast.
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Favorite quote and/or words of wisdom:
Go big or go home.