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Jul 26, 2019

Are you a runner looking for your next challenge? Look no further than the 50 States Endurance Challenge where you compete in a half or full marathon in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

In this episode of Hilary Topper On Air, Hilary interviews Kelli Boyer, an avid runner and a 50 States Endurance Challenge finisher!

Kelli's Background

Kelli Boyer is an RRCA-certified running coach, a member of several run-focused organizations such as National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA), the Minority Women’s Marathoners Association (MWMA), Half Fanatics, Marathon Maniacs, 100 Half Marathons Club, a 50-states Half Marathon Club, and is in her fourth year as a proud Balega Socks Impi!!

Kelli was always a recreational runner and ran my first half marathon in 2012 after recovering from a knee injury.  A friend, who just earned his RRCA coaching certification, and offered to train her to run a half marathon.  Her first half was in Pennsylvania, then Florida, DC, and Virginia, and she just kept going.  The journey took over six years and she finished on January 20, 2019.

Kelli had a coach for the first few half marathons, but then joined the local Jeff Galloway training group, to learn and incorporate the run/walk/run method.  She still trains with them today.  Kelli joined a group because she felt like she needed more people to motivate her for that distance.

Along the journey Kelli earned the nickname "Run Pretty", because she typically ran in skirts, pearls, a flower in her hair, and a full face of makeup! The name is also because she never wore the same outfit twice in a race.

About the Interview

Kelli will tell us about her running journey! Hear about her training, her favorite races and how she stayed focus. Learn more about running tips, her nickname and how to accomplish/what it takes to accomplish the 50 States Endurance Challenge!

Contact Kelli

To contact Kelli or learn more about her journey and the 50 States Endurance Challenge follow her on Instagram at