Melanie started running late in life not beginning until 2014 but once started she hasn't quit. Beginning with 5Ks and a few 10ks, then a handfull of half marathons, finally completing her first marathon in 2017. She enjoyed the running races so much she does triathalons, bike and ski races too. Melanie began volunteering for the Anchorage RunFest in 2015, joined the board of the Anchorage Running Club in 2017, and is the race director for the ARC's Trent Waldron Half Marathon and 10K. Melanie came to Alaska from the Pacific Northwest,earned a Masters of Business Administration and a Construction Mgmt degree from Univ. of Alaska Anchorage. She currently works at the Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility as a Project Administrator.