Life is a marathon not a sprint. For Connie Benedict this phrase applies all too literally. Talented since her teenage years, Benedict ran for Central Michigan University in cross-country and track. During her time there, she held multiple school records while earning a degree in food and nutrition. Now as the Office Manager of the Spartan Nutrition and Performance Program (SNAPP) and the Project Coordinator for (S) Partners for Heart Health Research Project, Benedict advocates a healthy lifestyle for all. SNAPP is a program through Michigan State University that provides a well-rounded approach to the training of mid-Michigan athletes. (S)Partners for Heart Health Research Project is a study that assesses the health of fifth-graders in the mid-Michigan area and works at raising heart health awareness. “My hope is to teach (people) the importance of exercise, and the many benefits that it provides an individual,” said Benedict. Raised on a farm in Quincy, Mich., Benedict’s work ethic and love of fitness is the product of her childhood. “When I was stuck in the house, I felt so antsy and caged in,” she said. Today, Benedict finds time to compete in a multitude of races throughout the year, including triathlons and various distance running races. In the future, she plans to continue spreading her love of health and fitness to the greater Lansing community – inspiring women to reach their full potential. Life is a marathon, and Connie Benedict is off to one heck of a start.
Whitney Bunn is a junior at Michigan State University studying journalism and acting. An eternal optimist, Whitney loves yoga, dogs and everything French.