Major: English with a Spanish minor!
College: College of Arts and Letters and College of Education.
Hometown: Huntington Woods, MI (near the Detroit Zoo)
High School: Berkley High School
Favorite Event: 4x400 and the Half Marathon!
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Member of the Global Educators Cohort Program, Member of Pláticas (where you can go and practice speaking Spanish), I love to go to MRULE, and I have a job at Upward Bound MSU which is an after school program for high school students in the Lansing School District
What brought you to Running Club?: I love to run and wanted to continue running in college! I also wanted to beat the Freshman 15. It also is a great way to make friends!
About Maddy: 1) I LOVE to travel!!! I studied abroad during Spring semester of last year in Valencia, Spain. I love anything Spanish related including the language, food, dancing, holidays, etc. I also was able to travel quite a bit throughout Europe when I was there as well!
2) I have run four half marathons and I hope to run my first marathon in 2019 or 2020!
3) I love working with kids and teenagers of all ages. I have been a camp director for two years for 6 and 7 year olds. During the school year I work with high schoolers at my job. This year I will also be working in a middle school classroom.
4) I am getting my teaching degree and will be certified to teach English and Spanish.
5) Once I receive my teacher certification, I hope to teach in a Spanish-speaking country!
Major: Food Science
College: College of Agriculture
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mi
High School: East Grand Rapids High School
Favorite Event: Half Marathon
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Food Science Club, writer for Spoon University, Slow Foods Club, Honors College, Food Science Undergraduate Research
What brought you to Running Club?: I didn't run competitively in high school. I was on the tennis team, and ran a few days a week as a form of cross training. I started freshman year of MSU on the Club Tennis team, but wanted more physical activity as practice was only twice a week. My friend from high school recommended I join running club, so I came to a practice in mid-September and then kept coming. I fell in love with running with people, pushing myself in workouts, and getting better at running. Because of this club, I met my best friends and tried new things like running a half marathon and a 25k. Joining running club is the best decision I’ve made in college.
About Ellie: I love food, which makes sense since I'm majoring in food science. I write about and photograph food for Spoon University and for my food Instagram (yes, I'm one of those people that photographs their food at restaurants). If you're curious about how much peanut butter I consume on a daily basis, check out @peanutbutterandellllie.
Riley Van Pelt
Major: Advertising Management and Sales Leadership
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Hometown: New Buffalo, Mi
High School: New Buffalo High School
Favorite Event: 1 mile baby!
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: MSU Global Sales Leadership Society, Academic Orientation Program
What brought you to Running Club?: I joined the running club, because I didn’t want to stop competing in running after high school. I was just starting to find my stride with running, but I wasn’t good enough to be a part of MSU’s actual team. So on one Sunday afternoon during my senior year of high school, I was meeting up with a different running club. A former MSU Running Club member by the name of Old Man Blosser showed up to this particular practice and basically promoted the running club to me. His description sounded perfect to me, so I did some research and follow @MSURunning on Twitter. When they followed me back, I was absolutely pumped. And now I run that Twitter account lmao.
During my freshmen year of college, me and Tommy Brettscheider decided to partake in the Okemos IHOP challenge. The challenge was to beat the record for living in IHOP, which at the time was 54 hours. If we completed this, we would get our names permanently on a plaque in IHOP… and of course have pride. We were super confident that we could complete this challenge easily over Spring Break. In fact, we were too confident.
So after partying the night before, getting 5 hours of sleep, and going on a 9-mile-long run, we entered the doors of IHOP. We had called the manager the night before and he said it would be awesome if we did the challenge. However, a different manager was there the next day and he almost didn’t let us do it. After some thorough convincing by Tommy B, we were able to still do it… except now we were not allowed to sleep. If we slept, we would be kicked out. This added to the whole drama of the experience and made it a much tougher challenge, but we were still going to push through.
The challenge started off easy. We just had to order food every 8 hours and play around on our computers. However, at the 20-hour mark, life started to get really rough for me. To help make my life better, Tommy B and I thought it would be a good idea to order the All You Can Eat Shrimp at IHOP. This would lead to my inevitable downfall. I got sick around hour 28 and had to leave at hour 29, just barely over halfway there. I abandoned Tommy B, and he ended up falling asleep and getting kicked on out at hour 33.
After our failed attempt, our buddy and his friend ended up doing the IHOP challenge last spring. They made it 65 hours and crushed our record without sleeping. RIP. So there are a lot of morals to this story… even the best fall down sometimes, always plan for the worst, there’s always someone better than you, don’t order the All You Can Eat Shrimp at IHOP, etc. Either way, the people you meet on the running club can take you for a wild ride. It’s a fun time.