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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-Joyful-MilesLaura Bowers

Hello! I’m a 47-year old writer, runner, runDisney addict, mom to 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 23 years has long since given up that battle.

Besides Joyful Miles, I blog at As The Eraser Burns and at my author site, Write, Run, Rejoice. I’ve written two young adult novels, Beauty Shop for Rent and Just Flirt, and now, I’m reinventing my career by writing a book about girls baseball in the 1970’s and a women’s fiction novel. #gottahavefaith

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Jackey Balzer DeschampsJackey Deschamps

Hello, everyone! I’m a 39 (omg almost 40) 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 35 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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12510486_10208495754495286_1193939020667004145_n-001Megan Davis McCormick

Hi everyone, I’m a 42-year old Corporate Executive, Skin Care Entrepreneur, runner, Disney (and runDisney) addict, mom to a newly teenage boy and a tween girl (who thinks she is a teenager) who lives in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Running has become my stress relief, something that provides goals other than the daily crazy and my role of being my children’s Uber. I am your classic ‘social’ runner – THAT person who talks during the entire run. Imagine how fast I could be if I just shut my mouth and ran? (Well not really.) I also love being a ‘support runner’ for someone’s first race since time isn’t as important to me as the experience with friends. Heck, it was watching all the fun via the internet and meeting Laura at Princess Half Weekend 2015 that convinced me (didn’t take much) to sign up for the DOPEY Challenge in 2016! I am so excited to be able to share my perspectives on combining that crazy work life with running and all types of exercise especially my stress relief via running.

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Have a joyful day!