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Athlete Spotlight - Jake Brown

Please allow me to introduce Jake Brown.  I have been working with Jake since about June of 2022.  Here is his story:
My name is Jake Brown and I am 34 years old. I was born and raised in McKenzie, Tennessee. While living in Florida for a few years I met my wife Melissa who was on vacation from Canada. We currently live in McKenzie with our two children Graeme and Sloane. I have always been fascinated by endurance sport and in the summer of 2022 I decided I wanted to make the leap into a new challenge. In July I took a swimming lesson with Kirsten because I had always loved to swim but needed some coaching. Who better than to ask one of the best, and not to mention she was located right here in my hometown. After making the leap I then bought a road bike and have become very committed to running.
Currently I have completed 3 5ks over the last several months and want to continue to find bigger and tougher challenges. I knew I was on the right path having Kirsten as my coach was when each of my 5k times were faster than the previous race. Kirsten has made all of this enjoyable by being a personable coach who truly cares for your success to become the athlete you want to be. She makes a weekly plan for me that is easy to follow so I know exactly what I need to do. My biggest goal is to one day complete my first 70.3. With her wisdom of years of triathlon and phenomenal coaching I feel reassured that it will only be a matter of time. I will forever be indebted to her for helping me become the athlete I want to be. 
Sometime around December, Jake decided he wanted to run a marathon.  On April 29, he ran his first marathon - the Muddy River Marathon in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  in 4 hours and 34 minutes!!!
It has been so fun to watch the progress Jake has made . . . and I can't wait to see what he does next.  He embodies one of my favorite quotes . . . Keep Moving Forward.  Set a goal, work for it, complete it, repeat.  Keep challenging yourself to be the BEST version of YOU.


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