“In the 1990s and early 2000s, I was an accomplished member of the local running community and well-respected as a mom, a professional and an athlete. But in reality I was anxious and fearful. I was self-medicating with alcohol and trying desperately to keep my struggles hidden. Ultimately, I began spiraling out of control. I finally entered treatment and took my first steps into sobriety. However, the foundation of recovery that saved my life was not built without extreme difficulty. I still faced the consequences, which included a three-month jail sentence. When I walked out of that jail, the seeds had been planted that would ultimately grow into my desire to help those who were fighting battles like mine and show them there is hope, healing and recovery. Largely due to my recovery, over the past 11 years, I’ve completed 58 marathons and ultramarathons, including races in the Gobi Desert, the Alps and a 24-day, 3,100-mile cross-country relay run to raise awareness for mental health issues. Without asking for help or finding my own recovery, none of my running success, let alone my personal or professional well-being, would be possible. I have never loved and appreciated running, or even simply moving forward, more than I do today. I run fueled by gratitude and an awareness that I don’t have to run, I get to run.” – HOKA fan Pam Rickard
Pam’s favorite shoe is the Clifton.