After being inspired by her twin sister and husband who were training for their first marathons, Lara thought she would train for a half marathon. She never thought she could do it, but did her training on her own while pushing her then infant in her running stroller. On October 18, 2003, she did it! That pushed her to register for her first full, the 2004 NYC Marathon. After she saw what running did for her confidence and self esteem, she knew she needed to work with others. She served as mentor in many different distance programs and in 2008, obtained her RRCA coaching certification after the Georgia Marathon. She has worked with every type of runner- from three years old through those in their 70's and in every shape, size, speed, and distance. Personally, she has found her passion in ultra running and was honored to be named the 2009 Female Ultra Runner of the Year from the Annapolis Striders. She has run over 20 marathons, 10 ultramarathons, and 6 triathlons. Currently, she coaches for the Annapolis Striders’ Junior Striders youth running program and for Turning Point Sports clinics. She is also the Executive Director for Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake. She is an active volunteer for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which helps those with a physical disability get back into the game of life.