In Spring of 2013 Cynthia (Jost Cynthia on Social Media) was inspired to create a company that offered "Budget Races" with amazing "BLING". As the racing bug took over the country it also had an effect on the price of races. Many of the popular local 5K's that had been $25 two years before had changed their entry fees to as much as $80 or more.
Cynthia did not begin her running journey until 2011, when she went to the WDW Princess Half Marathon to cheer for a friend. She had been in chronic pain due to Fibromyalgia and Degenerative Disc Disease. She was so inspired by the positive energy that she set her mind on giving it a try. Against her doctors orders she began training using a treadmill to soften the pounding to her spine and joints. In six months she completed her first ever 5k, 8k, 10k, and finally the Disneyland Half Marathon in August of 2011. Against all odds her health improved. The doctors could not explain why running (she does the Galloway run/walk method) eased her pain.
She is passionate about people moving. You don't have to run, you can walk. Along with her Daughter Courtney (Medal Designer) she attended several "Ability" Expos to spread the word of Virtual Racing to the special ability community. For the first time parents could do an event with their child and they could BOTH earn the same medal! She believes in the power that a medal has to lighten and lift a persons spirit! Even people in a fully motorized chair can earn a medal.....movement is just good for the soul!
Cynthia would tell you that running saved her life. Literally. Because of running she had the strength and confidence to go to Nepal and trek up to high camp. Then in January of 2015 during the second day of her Dopey event, she had a stroke. She was able to get to a medic and communicate her condition before she lost the ability to speak. Time=Brain for stroke victims. BECAUSE she was up so early for a race she was awake when her stoke happened. On any other day she would have been asleep and the outcome could have been fatal. So running truly saved her life!