Fitness Enthusiast: Jordan Phelan

City/Town: Portsmouth, RI

Age: 17

Occupation: High School Senior

Sport or Fitness Activity: Running

Recent events you’ve competed in: UHC Triple Crown, Newport Half Marathon

Events you’re training for: NYC Marathon, 5k

Proudest Accomplishment:
My greatest fitness accomplishment was crossing the finish line in Newport, RI on October 12 because that race marked the end of a 6 month long running journey that all began with a spark of inspiration that not only consumed myself, but the whole US. On April 15th, 2013, the Boston Marathon Bombings occurred as I was watching, and soon, in the midst of the aftermath, the slogan “Boston Strong” was unveiled. When I heard that phrase and about the One Fund, which was raising money for those injured in the attack, I began donating money and offered my time to volunteer at the next Boston Marathon. One year later, on April 13th, I did about the craziest thing imaginable. Untrained and in the heat-of-the-moment, I looked outside, laced my Boston Strong inspired Basketball shoes, and jogged out the door. Before the clock struck 4, I had run 26.2 miles, a Full Marathon, in 3:31:25. After completing that milestone, I signed up for the UHC Triple Crown, which consists of 3 Half Marathons in a 5 month span. Crossing that finish line in Newport and holding that Triple Crown medal gave me such a rewarding feeling of perseverance that I still feel today. Now, I live by one motto: Born to Run, Born to Write, Born to Inspire.

What Motivates You:
None of this could have been done without the phrase Boston Strong. That simple phrase still echoes in both my mind and my shoes. The whole reason why I began running again is all due to Boston Strong. Living in New England and loving all the Boston sports teams my whole life, I immediately embraced the meaning of the phrase which is best captured in 2013 Boston Marathoner Bill Iffrig’s quote, “We may be momentarily knocked off our feet – but we’ll pick ourselves up. We’ll keep going. We will finish the race.”

What do you do in your down time:
Writing stories, books, articles and quotes, Photography, Running, Basketball and volunteering

Best thing about living in RI:
The best part about living in Rhode Island is the beautiful scenes, views and presence of all 4 seasons. In the summer the beaches are inviting and the water is blue, while in the winter the hills can either be coated with a blanket of snow or pilled 4 feet high. I just love Rhode Island’s little secret spots that provide the best views of such a beautiful, New England state.

Favorite Quote:
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers:
Always try, and when you do, never give up. In this day-in-age, with the amount of inspiration, motivation and technological advancements, any kind of runner, from the occasional lover of the sport to the intermediate runner can conquer any record they can dream of.

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