Nancy Petersen Guth Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan Your current home town: Stafford, VA for the past 32 years (after living in Brazil, New Mexico, and Arizona)…. Profession: Educator, Professor, have my Ph.D. in Education and still teach part time at the University of Mary Washington How did you first get into endurance sports? I grew up in Michigan, near the National 24 Hour event. One year my husband entered when we were visiting my parents. I crewed and rode during the day, and I was hooked! Came back the next year and doubled my mileage (with lights on my bike)! And we (my husband and I) were hooked for life. Tell us about some of the epic events you’ve participated in, or plan to: Last year, I won the first female at the Maryland 12 -Hour Challenge, and it was designated as the12-Hour World Ultracycling Championship. which was an incredible accomplishment at 69 years old! I have completed five successful Team Race Across Americas. My teams hold the 60+ record for 2 person female team, 2 person mixed team, and 4 person mixed team. I also completed 2 successful PBP’s, and the Furnace Creek 508, the Texas Time trials 500, the HooDoo 500, won the National 24-Hour Challenge 4 times overall female…so many great memories. My husband and I, Team Beau & Babe, have been the 60+ winning team for several years at the World Time Trials in Borrego Springs… And this year, I hope to be the first 70+ female to complete Team Race Across America… What motivates you to ride now? The LOVE of being on my bike and accomplishing something every day, while seeing new country and meeting new friends! What advice would you have offer to those just getting into endurance sports? Start small, and celebrate your accomplishments. Also, learn from what did not go well and try again! Make modifications and it may work. What have been some of your positive experiences in endurance sports? Making wonderful friends, and discovering that YES YOU CAN! It’s mind over body in so many ways. What personal challenges have you had to overcome? Very severe asthma, loss of son, at times very poor, challenges in both my physical and emotional life, but I always believed in tomorrow. What single piece of encouragement would you offer to a young person experiencing homelessness? Have faith in people and believe you will, eventually, be able to overcome this obstacle and make a home for yourself!