Happy Monday, BWRC! This week’s Member Spotlight Monday is Simone Reuther. Simone and her husband Tobi moved to the Chicago area this past summer where she literally “ran” into BWRC members in Busse Woods and the rest is history! Read on below to learn more about Simone’s journey with running and why she loves BWRC!

Q: How long have you been a runner?

Simone: I’ve been running for more than 15 years.

Q: Why did you start running?

Simone: I started running during my high school exams to clear my head after some long days of studying. My roommate during college was a runner and we started training together with another friend. The two guys were always faster than me and this pushed me lot. All of us were in Physical Therapy school at the time and we started to try out the different training principles we learned on ourselves. Experimenting with different types of training was a lot of fun. One day, my two running partners convinced me to run a half-marathon with them. Ever since I was hooked.

Q: How did you find BWRC?

Simone: I literally ran into the group during a run in Busse Woods. We had just moved to the area and I was looking for a new running group. Our landlord Moira had told me about the group of wonderful people she was running with. And coincidently, I met exactly this one group out in the woods. I am convinced it was meant to be this way.

Q: Why did you join BWRC?

Simone: From the first moment on, I felt drawn to this friendly, welcoming and fun group of people. Everyone is very supportive and an inspiration to become a better runner and person.

Q: Why do you run?

Simone: I run because running makes me feel good, puts me in a good mood, clears my head, reliefs stress and helps me deal with emotions. Sometimes when I am angry my husband Tobi tells me: You really should go for a run… And indeed, it helps. When I come back, I always feel better.

Q: Do you have any upcoming races or goals we should know about?

Simone: I will run the Half Marathon in Carmel. Other than that, I don’t have any races planned for this year, yet. I am not very competitive and enjoy the training process at least as much as I enjoy running races.

Q: What does BWRC mean to you?

Simone: I am so grateful I found BWRC. I was looking to meet new people and have found way more than that – I’ve made great new friends. I look forward to every run with the group and the wonderful, funny and sometimes deep conversations we have during our runs.