In 2012, I ran my first trail race at the Kanawha Trace 50K. Since then, whether running or volunteering, my family and I have been introduced to the best places and people in the Mountain State through WVMTR. Over the years, I have sought opportunities to give back to the trail community. My wife, Rachel, and I attended WVMTR's Timer training and can be found volunteering at many of the Kanawha Trace Night Races. I have also served as a member of the Kanawha Trace Trail Committee, which stewards the local trail system. Joining the board of directors is a great opportunity to continue giving back to the trail running community. COVID-19 highlights the importance of the WVMTR mission to encourage the "healthy, positive qualities that running encompasses." Now more than ever, that mission rings true. If selected to the board, I look forward to contributing to WVMTR's efforts across the Mountain State.