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Gaby Fishpaw

I live in the Towson area with my husband Lee, a Baltimore native, and 2 lovely kitties, Myra and Ginger. I am originally from Switzerland, but have lived in the US in various states since elementary age. My family settled in Maryland early in high school. I attended college in West Virginia where I majored in business and foreign language (Spanish) and have had a career in Management and Human Resources in the hospitality, wellness and humanitarian industries (fields about which I am passionate).

I’ve been an athlete since I was a kid. I was a competitive swimmer since age 8 and a runner on and off since high school. Unfortunately, with running, I didn’t give much thought to the power generated from this sport.  And, like most younger people, I took using my legs for granted.  I became wise and much more experienced with my training much later in life. 

About 15 years ago I began work in a fitness environment and surrounded myself with fitness-minded individuals who were all motivated to be as healthy and active as possible!  I have since participated in many sprint triathlons and running races up to the half marathon distance.  

But, my inspiration for what it really means to be fit and healthy came from my Mom in her last years.  In 2007, She moved to Utah to “retire” and led an active lifestyle.  How great it was to be active with her!  But, then late in 2011 and through 2012, I watched her valiantly combat and ultimately succumb to cancer. Watching her battle the disease showed me the amazing inner strength one can find deep within one’s heart and mind if there is a will. And, later the tragedy that it is to not be able to use that strength for truly living. 

I realized that running meant health and health meant “living”, and it was not something to take for granted. I decided that if I can use my legs and move today, I will continue to run as long as I can! 

I am excited to fundraise and run for Team IOCC in the Baltimore Running Festival this October 12th. The main reason is because it will benefit IOCC’s efforts and hard work in supporting many men, women and children around the world who, for a myriad of reasons, struggle with their own strength, will and “living”.  I am also running my first marathon in Philadelphia, in memory of my Mom, this November 17th.  Thank you for your support and here’s to Living and to Team IOCC!

 

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