Why I run: Tricia Helton

FROM: Columbus

OCCUPATION: Seventh-grade math teacher at Central Middle School and fitness instructor and personal trainer at Total Fitness

SIGNED UP FOR: Half-marathon

SHOES: Asics Gel-Noosa Tri

FAVORITE SONG TO RUN TO: “I love the hip-hop, Top 40. I love Bruno Mars and Kelly Clarkson.”

WHY I RUN: “Because I can. I’m healthy, and I just love being outdoors with my friends, and I can eat more carbs. It keeps me healthy and gives me energy.”