Passion Propels Athlete Toward Goals
Tampa Bay, FL – June 24, 2015 – Laurie Wisotsky loves running today. But, she had to take a big step outside of her comfort zone to get started racing in 2008, at the age of 37. After that day it was a long, winding road to the start of her career in competitive short distance running.
What makes Wisotsky unique is her story. She was a surgical physician’s assistant for 13 years who dedicated herself selflessly to her patients and participated in medical missions to Guatamala. Wisotsky was satisfied in the fact that she had found her calling.
That is, until the 2007 NYC Marathon. She was looking for a new life challenge and seeing actress Katie Holmes run in that marathon set off a light bulb – “If she can do it, I can do it.” And that begins the story of Wisotsky stretching her own boundaries, stepping outside of her comfort zone and facing challenges head on.
One of the biggest challenges she had to face was dealing with pre-existing chronic back issues, which set her up for other injuries. But, she loved the challenge of endurance running – and was good at it – averaging 3 hours and 27 minute finish times for marathons.
She went on to race six marathons over the next three years but ongoing injuries forced her to give up the distance, cutting short her marathon career. While her injuries slowed her down, it didn’t stop her. Her injuries led her to switch to short distance races and track meets and she hasn’t looked back.
Her 2014 USATF Florida Region Masters Athlete of the Year award was the confirmation she needed. She has since taken home numerous Gold, Bronze and All American titles in her race – 800 meters. Recently, Wisotsky won against a stacked field at the Sunshine Games State Championships in mid-day Florida heat and humidity, taking home gold in the 800 meter race.
Wisotsky will become a household name in Tampa Bay and her hopes are that her story and accomplishments encourage others to step out and follow their goals and dreams.
Bottom line is to have faith, put in the hard work, and the rest will fall into line. Wisotsky writes an informative and helpful blog on her website at www.lauriewisotsky.com.
Next up for Wisotsky is the USATF Masters National Outdoor Championship that features athletes ranging in age from 30 to 95+, where she will be competing in the 800 meter and 1500 meter track race. The Championship will take place July 23 through July 26, 2015 at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, FL. Each age group will be competing in speed, strength and endurance.
For more information about Laurie Wisotsky, visit www.lauriewisotsky.com.