Jessica Walden-Gray

Run Coach, FIT4MOM® Chapel Hill

Jess is from the Finger Lakes region of Central NY. As a competitive track and cross-country runner, she served as captain of her high school teams. Always looking for a challenge, Jess lived abroad in the Czech Republic as a Rotary high school exchange student and found herself close to home at Cornell University for her undergraduate years, where she studied Entomology and Animal Behavior. While at Cornell, Jess was an integral part of the local running community that included faculty, staff, and students. She even met her future husband during a snowy 7-mile group run.

After college, Jess pursued a research career that brought her to Boston and North Carolina. Along the way, she felt a calling as an educator. She finished a Master's in Science Education from NC State in December 2014 and welcomed her daughter Isabelle in April 2015.

Jess has trained for running distances from triple jump through marathon and feels most at peace pounding trails with her dog, Lemon. Jess is thrilled to combine her passions for running, teaching, family and community as a FIT4MOM Running Coach.

Certifications: Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor for FIT4MOM Stroller Strides® & Fit4Baby®; FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach; American Red Cross First Aid; Adult; Child, & Infant CPR

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Sunday – February 24, 2019