Karen Kolinski participated in the 2014 Great Wall of China Marathon after a running friend had competed in the 2013 event. She started running as a freshman in high school and has maintained a relationship with the sport over the years. Karen loves to just go run. One summer she spent every Sunday running 22 – 27 miles followed by a one mile open water swim. She has completed five marathons, one 50k trail race, a 140.6 triathlon and has two Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference titles in women’s mountain biking. Events scheduled for 2015 include two 140.6 triathlons, a 100k ultra and, of course, the 2015 Great Wall of China Marathon. In addition to training and racing, Karen has found volunteering at events to be very rewarding and inspiring.