Stephanie Geraghty needed a running partner. One who wouldn’t mind that her pace was slowed by the 50-plus pounds of cargo she pushed in a double stroller. One who wouldn’t scoff at the occasional sippy cup refill stop or the inevitable passenger meltdown.
It was fall 2009 when Geraghty, a lifelong runner, moved to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Her husband would soon be deployed to Afghanistan while she settled in to yet another new locale with her two young sons. It was her third move in five years.
“I was going to run either way—I’m a runner, that’s what I do,” says Geraghty, 33. “But I also needed friends. It just seemed to make sense that those friends be runners.”