Ready to be inspired? Join us on Thursday, May 25 as we welcome the amazing Pam Rickard to Fleet Feet Sports. Pam's story and journey is incredible, and she is here to spread inspiration to ALL OF US. Whether a runner, walker or someone who is on a life journey, this is one talk you won't want to miss.
Pam's talk will be titled "Grace, Grit & Gratitude: The only 3G 'Technology' that never needs an upgrade, and we all have unlimited access...."
Over the 30+ years of her running career, Pam Rickard has completed countless races, including more than 70 marathons and ultra-marathons. Over the past 10 years, her races have taken her on a 7-day adventure across China’s Gobi Desert, a 100k trek through the Alps from Italy to France, and through the streets of Boston and New York City. In 2008, her journey from addiction to recovery and redemption was featured in the book “A Race Like No Other,” New York Times writer Liz Robbins’ chronicle of the 2007 New York City Marathon. Last spring, she was a member of 6-person Icebreaker Run team, running across the US to continue the conversation regarding mental health issues.
Pam lives in Rocky Mount, VA and serves as the Director of THP RUNS, an initiative of former NBA basketball player Chris Herren’s foundation, The Herren Project (THP). THP RUNS engages people to run, walk, and participate in healthy activities, helping each other, and others, live stronger, healthier lives. The initiative raises awareness and funding for THP’s mission, which includes providing addiction recovery resources, education and prevention initiatives across the country.
Pam is quick to say that without finding a path to her own recovery, none of her running success, let alone her personal or professional wellbeing, would be possible.
“The fact that I can run at all now, let alone do it while raising awareness and funding for mental health initiatives, is an outrageous gift to me,” Pam says. Whether it’s a 3-mile training run, or a major event, Pam’s mantra is, “I don’t have to run, I get to run.”