REI #OptOutside - Member Spotlight

Let’s make opting outside not just about getting outside our environment, but outside our entire way of life. Today we would like to highlight one of our awesome BGR! Hampton Roads (VA) members who embodies what it means to embody the spirit of being outdoors. Please meet Melinda Thomas-Trahan! She lives on the Peninsula side and has been very active with BGR! Hampton Roads. She is consistent, has such an awesome spirit and is always “outdoors”! You can catch her on any day of the week, early in the AM before the sun comes up to late in the afternoon if her mind, body and a BGR! sister asks her to join!

Melinda says, "Running outdoors is peaceful, joyfully refreshing and complete freedom. You can run at anytime and anywhere. There is also never any wasted time driving. Running outdoors can be your commute!
Running outdoors is an excellent opportunity for us to receive vitamin D. The different terrains are challenging allowing us to burn more calories compared to running indoors. Running outdoors is an opportunity to clear your thoughts. As you travel each mile, life's stress will become dissolved because running is the cheapest form of therapy. Running outdoors has been the road to a healthier lifestyle. My motto simply states "the trail is never closed." REI#OptOutside - Join us on the pavement November 23rd!

Click here to see a list of BGR! runs happening across the country to support #OptOutside.

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Jay Ell Alexander
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