WOBURN (WBZNewsRadio) - Many people have a 50-before-50 list. But for Salem State professor Tiffany Chenault, is literally putting one foot in front of the other and running 50 half-marathons in 50 states by the time she turns the big 5-0.
"I guess each one is so special and so unique. I've got stories in each one." Chenault said.
She documents each run on her blog, detailing what she sees and feels mile by mile.
"So having to run in a forest, which I never thought I would do. I've run in beautiful places, I've run in Utah."
And next year she'll run number 50 against the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii.
But it isn't just the miles. Chenault began running as a way to cope with the loss of her Mother to cancer. At the same time as a sociologist, Chenault tells WBZ's Brooke McCarthy she began to notice a lack of gender and racial diversity in running.
"Why aren't there Black women running, where are they?!" She said. "I want other Black women that we are out here. There is a community of us... I didn't think of myself as a runner until I saw people who looked like me, that's why representation is so important. So from that moment on, I was a runner."
Chenault now volunteers as a Black Girls Run ambassador and a Girls on the Run coach, and encourages others to get out there and hit the pavement... or in her case, sometimes the wooded trail.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports