Goodbye Run Oregon, I am off to Run Colorado

Long Run Pictures took this great one of me at the finish line of the 2013 Every Girl's HM Saying 'Goodbye' has never been easy for me, but being associated with the military, it has become a necessary evil through the years. For the first time in my life though, I am moving somewhere NOT military related. A choice my family and I are making that is taking us  far and away from Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, WA area and away from friends, family, and my Run Oregon family I have come to know and love.

Some of you readers knew me through my blogs, but never met me in person. Many readers did get to know me in person! For the readers I met, I always took such joy in the ones who would introduce themselves to me at the running events, especially while running. Some of you may not know me at all, but usually with a name like mine, and a personality to match, I stood out a little.

One thing I always hoped, was that I, in some small way, touched the lives of our readers. I still remember the people who have helped me, touched my life, and made it better. I am a happy runner. I am a social runner. I love people. I love running. So it just makes sense that I love running with people and the energy of the races.

Our UP! Costume cast - Taken By Waz-Mix Pix

You all touched my heart as well. So this is hard. Very hard. I have come to love my Run Oregon family and friends. Thank you for being a part of my life. I loved the early mornings, the late night runs, the cold runs, the hot ones, and just plain any type of running with you all. I loved seeing the amazing costumes and outfits. The joy on people’s faces as they finished something significant; whether it was a first 5k or their 100th half marathon. Thank you for adding to my joy.

So where am I going? I have been offered an amazing opportunity in Pueblo, CO to be the Talent Acquisitions Manager at Parkview Medical Center. And yes, I am taking my family :). They are excited for our new journey, and if truth be told, hubby is looking forward to the sunnier weather.

Just because I am moving, doesn’t mean I am gone, or I won’t be back. I will be back! So if you see me in the future – say hello! Until next time my friends, I am off to Run Colorado.


PS. Thank you Robin for this wonderful piece!

Mary Verdeccia (R), cheers as she wears a princess outfit as she participates in the annual Vancouver Lake Half Marathon Sunday January 26, 2014. (Natalie Behring/for the Columbian)


5 Comments on Goodbye Run Oregon, I am off to Run Colorado

  1. Best wishes on your new adventure!! I’m a Colorado girl (born and raised) but moved to Oregon after college. Both GREAT states. Lucky you to be going from one beautiful place to the next. No doubts you’ll find beauty and connection there as you have here.

  2. Atheana Weeks // November 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM //

    As much as I am happy for your new adventure I will miss you bunches! Best wishes, safe travels and I am sure you will have a whole new slew of running friends in no time.

  3. I’ve always enjoyed reading about your adventures! Best of luck to you. RUN ON

  4. It’s not going to be the same without you, Maryalicia.

    As with many Run Oregon bloggers, I was brought into the fold thanks to Maryalicia. A couple of years ago, she had organized a virtual race on Facebook to benefit autism awareness. The donation request was quite reasonable and came with a very nice custom-designed medal. The race itself was a pace yourself over the month type of race, and during that month, I also ran (in real life) the Zombie Apocalypse Run, which I blogged about on my personal blog. I figured it might be interesting to the Facebook group, so I linked it. Thanks to that race recap, I got invited by Maryalicia to join Run Oregon back in late 2012.

    Thank you so much! Safe travels and best wishes for you and your family in Colorado.

  5. Hey Maryalicia, A great excuse to return to Oregon would be to run the Oregon Wine Country Half again! Aug 8 this year! We will miss you if you can’t make it!
    ~ Destination Races

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