Many runners train with dogs on trails, but not so many actually race with their canine friends. We usually have PRs on our minds or distance goals and sometimes it doesn’t enter our thought process that our pups would like to be a part of that journey on race day too.
Michelle Coleman is a true southern girl, hailing from West Tennessee, but has happily settled in the beautiful Flint Hills of North East Kansas. Michelle fell in love with trails and trail racing because it was kinder to her body, and most trail race directors allow her Australian Shepherd running partner, Stella, to accompany her. She especially enjoys hitting up the trails around Clinton Lake or Wyco in Kansas City, with Stella out in front and leading the way. Michelle puts into action her belief that runners should not limit themselves to just training with their four-legged running partner, but should also race with them as well, because it’s loads of fun! Michelle divides her work time between basic cancer research at Kansas State University, and being office manager for her husband’s business, Coleman Electric. Along with her wonderfully supportive husband, Tony, and their active, red-headed seven-year-old son, Andrew, Michelle shares her life with three red Australian Shepherds – Stella, Deuce, and Boom. In her spare time she coaches Girls on the Run, and Andrew’s baseball, soccer, and track teams. Michelle enjoys sharing her experiences running and racing with her Aussies at her blog, “Running with Reds.