For years, Joanne was called the 'Backpacker Flip Flops' because she traveled around carrying a backpack and wearing flip flops - no matter how long the trip was or the weather outside. Planes and JFK Airport felt like home.
So when Joanne saw about an opportunity in April 2017 to run a 5k on a runway at JFK, she HAD to go for it.
One small problem - she knew NOTHING about running. Joanne sprinted track in high school, but when they wanted her to run around the entire track or (gasp!) join cross country and run around town - she decided to pursue other activities. She possibly owned 3 pairs of sneakers that were over 10 years old.
When Joanne showed up at the race in her old sneakers, she was confused why she was given pins - she always thought bibs were stickers! In her old sneakers, a random pair of shorts, and shirt about her favorite airplane (the SST) she made my way to the start. There was some sort of magic in the area - excitement mixed with nervousness mixed with energy, people of all ages and ethnicity and physical builds all together in one place for one cause. It was unlike anything she'd ever experienced. Joanne was hooked!
The course was an out-and-back on the airport runway, with the turnaround point being an actual plane on the runway. SO COOL! Approaching the finish line and seeing the finishers archway, she felt an incredible sense of accomplishment.
The next weekend Joanne signed up for another 5k, and another, and another...
Before she knew it, 'racecations' (running vacations) became a whole new travel experience for her.