Tara began distance running in 2002. While biking in the gym one day, she saw the Twin Cities marathon on the news. This motivated her to create a goal to run her first full marathon in one year. The next day, she went out for her first run and made it a half mile before going home to rest. Unfortunately, injury set her back and she was unable to complete the race as planned; however, she did complete her first full marathon a year and a half after she set her goal. Since then, she has completed 12 full marathons, 1 Ultra marathon, and almost 30 half marathons. While pacing, Tara likes to talk to people, listen to their stories, and keep runners motivated to achieve their goals.