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Meet Your Neighbor: GHM Ambassador, Laura Crawford

Hello, everyone! I’m Laura Crawford, a Geist Half Marathon Ambassador, and I want to share with you my journey of rediscovery, health, and joy of running. I’m gearing up to run my second Geist Half Marathon this year, but also have 3 other half marathons and 2 full marathons for the 2024 calendar year. My story, however, stretches beyond just the miles under my feet.

Living close to the Nickel Plate Trail offers me the perfect gateway to embrace the outdoors. Whether I’m treading through the vibrant heart of downtown Fishers or stretching my legs all the way to Noblesville, running has become an integral part of my daily life. But this wasn’t always the case.

In my twenties, I was an avid runner. I completed four marathons, numerous half marathons, and even triathlons. However, as the responsibilities of starting a family took precedence, my running shoes saw fewer miles. It wasn’t until I approached my forties that I took a serious look at my health and realized it was time to reunite with my long-lost love for running.

The wake-up call came in my late thirties when I was diagnosed with type two diabetes. This diagnosis wasn’t just a number on a medical chart; it was a life-changing moment that propelled me to prioritize my health above all. I struggled with managing diabetes for the first few years of having it, but found allies with the guidance of my doctor, medication, and a renewed commitment to running.

Running has been more than just a form of exercise for me; it’s been a sanctuary. It’s where I shed the stresses of daily life and immerse myself in nature. The anticipation of spring, with its promise of warm breezes and blossoming trees, always fills me with excitement for the runs to come. Exploring Fishers on foot, witnessing the seasonal transformations, and simply being outside have added layers of joy and discovery to my runs.

But beyond the scenic routes and the personal achievements, running has taught me invaluable lessons about resilience, health, and the importance of taking that first step—both literally and metaphorically. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or someone considering their first run, remember that every journey begins with a single step. When I first started running, I walked A LOT. I made sure not to put pressure on myself to be fast.

As I lace up my shoes for the Geist Half Marathon this year, I’m not just running for the finish line; I’m running for a healthier, happier me. I’m running because it’s a testament to overcoming obstacles, embracing life’s ups and downs, and finding a path that leads to well-being.

Don’t feel intimidated by the need to be fast when it comes to registering for a race. You can run at any speed and ability! Get registered for the Geist Half Marathon race series before April 14 when prices increase! Register today at