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Hello and welcome to Joyful Miles! Our goal is to inspire people of all ages to live large, dream big, reach your goals, and enjoy life one mile at a time.

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Laura Bowers

Hello! I’m a 49-year old writer, runner, runDisney addict, mom of two awesome college boys, obsessive list-keeper, and major Scrubs fan since it was the best TV show ever. I also think the best way to eat a Three Musketeers bar is to nibble off the chocolate and throw away the nougat. Don’t ask why. My husband of 25 years has long since given up that battle.

I’m also a published novelist repped by Stimola Literary Studio. I’ve written two young adult novels, Beauty Shop for Rent and Just Flirt, but I’ve since allowed writing to take a backseat in my life. (All writers have mental demons. Mine have been winning for a long, long time.) In January, I’ve rebooted my writing career and am now working on a mid-grade novel about a lonely orphan who wakes every morning with a new worthless superpower as well as a chicklit inspired by my days working as a cocktail waitress at a seedy redneck bar. It shall be scandalous.

You can follow along with my writing adventures by visiting my author website and blog!

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Jackey Balzer DeschampsJackey Deschamps

Hello, everyone! I’m a 41-year-old mom of three boys from Buffalo, NY. I love anything 80’s and believe I was born ten years later than my soul. I love to sing, dance and make music videos. I’m a huge Buffalo Bills fan! After being a stay at home mom for 10 years, I’ve recently re-entered the work force as a customer service agent for Southwest Airlines. Which is perfect for my love of traveling (free flights) and traveling to run races.

I will say I’m not a competitive runner. I find the thrill in crossing the finish line and just love the entire experience of running the race and making it as fun as possible. I’ve written about some previous race experiences in my Run For Laughs blog. I look forward to sharing more experience as we take on this new exciting endeavor!

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Robert Hallihan

Hey all! I am a 36-year-old father of a 2-year-old boy, with another, yet-to-be determined baby on the way! I bring some testosterone to this place, and hopefully a few laughs! I’m also from Boston, so I know a lot about winning (sorry Jackey)! I am a total Disney nut, and I love running and traveling. Funny how I started running to get in shape, and now I take vacations so I can run races with these crazy ladies!

I also love useless trivia, and I grew up watching what some might consider to be an insane amount of television (but, you know what they say about people with opinions…). So if you have any questions about anything from All in the Family to Seinfeld, I’m your man. Running can also be expensive, what with entry fees and traveling. I happen to be a banker, so if you need a loan or want to open an account, I can help you there as well. I like to cover as many bases as possible!

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Have a joyful day!