Sam McKinney

I run for weight loss and health.

A little over a year ago I weighed the heaviest I had in my life. I was 355 pounds and felt miserable. I had tried multiple weight loss programs with no success. I was sick of getting winded walking up hills, stairs, or even bending over to tie my shoes.

In January of 2013 I started Weight Watchers and finally started seeing results. By February of 2014 I had lost a little over 70 pounds. Then a good friend motivated me to sign up for the Run for Holland. I never thought I would be able to run a 5K but thought I would give it a try and agreed to run with her. After running I felt so much better, less stressed, had more energy, and just felt great. We have been running getting ready for the Run for Holland for almost 4 weeks and during that time I have lost over another 10 pounds. To date I have lost 83 pounds and am still losing. I feel the best that I have felt in years. I feel so much healthier and happier. I may not be the fastest runner but I improve everyday. I keep a picture from my honeymoon when I was at my heaviest as a reminder that I never want to look and feel that way again and I have a great friend that helps keep me motivated to keep going. I enjoy running every evening and can’t wait to cross that finish line. I want to lose over 100 pounds, get healthier, and continue to run and I get closer to this goal everyday. I also got more motivated when I heard about Holland and am honored to get to run for Holland. I run for health, friends, happiness, and to reach my ultimate weight loss goal.
Samantha L. McKinney


Thank You!


Welcome to the Run For Holland 5K for Down syndrome awareness! Presented by Run For Holland Foundation.

Thank you! On behalf of the Run For Holland Foundation and the Run For Holland board of directors, thank you. Thank you for all the support, love, and encouragement that has been given to us through planning this fantastic race. It is our hope that with you all we can grow this event into more than just a 5K and 10K race that happens once a year. We want the Run For Holland idea to spread through our community like wildfire and give families and individuals the love and support they deserve.

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If you have any questions about how to register, volunteering or any other questions, please contact Race Organizer...Adam Burleson.

Phone:    (828) 385-2341
Race Location: Riverside Park 200 E Tappan St Spruce Pine , NC 28777

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