Melissa Penwell

QT: 2:44:54

Residence: Rocklin, CA

Hometown: Eugene, OR

College: Oregon State University

Age on Race Day: 32

Affiliation: Sacramento Running Association Elite/rabbitELITE

Qualifying Race: California International Marathon 2018

Marathon Best: 2:44:48

Social Handles: Instagram - @Melissa1555

Favorite inspirational quote: “That's the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” - Kara Goucher

Favorite TV shows: The Office, and Parks and Recreation

Of Note: 

  • Legal secretary at Placer County District Attorney's office
  • Was a collegiate rower before serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala for three years
  • Ran her first marathon as a bucket list item but became addicted to distance running
  • Runner-up in the American River 50 Mile Endurance Run in 2017
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