Michele returned to running (after a 15 year hiatus!) in 2015 while training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.  After a successful summit to the roof of Africa, she joined USA Fit East Bay for the 2016 season with the goal of running a half marathon.  Though she had never completed more than a 3 mile run prior to joining the group, she met her goal and completed the 2016 San Francisco Half Marathon.  Michele attributes her running success to the coaches and fellow runners of USA Fit East Bay as she would not be where she is today without its great training program.  She is honored to be an assistant coach for the 2018 season and she hopes to inspire runners out on the trails.