Ambassador Mitze Alexander
Although I have not been able to participate in the Seaway Run every year, I have enjoyed running the 5k, and the 10k when my schedule has allowed. I have been contemplating starting a group in January to prepare ourselves for the 2019 run, and when I saw this email, I immediately wanted to apply. As an African American female, I never see enough of us exercising together, and sticking to a good plan to keep us healthy. It would also be AWESOME to be able to recruit the young ladies within the Muskegon Heights and Muskegon school district. Just imagine if they saw this 50ish year old woman running and inviting/challenging them to come along.
Learning the importance of a healthy lifestyle is so important to the next generation. Not just running though, but proper stretching techniques, other healthy ways to feel good about yourself, and promoting self-esteem is also needed. I would love the opportunity to motivate women of all ages to join together to train, and then complete the Mercy Health Seaway Run or Walk.
As a therapist, I also constantly encourage my clients to get outside and enjoy a good walk or run. It is a coping skill that I have leaned upon for many years. Reaching those in the community by promoting a healthy mind through running would also be AWESOME!
I have to admit that I have not really utilized social media in the past, but as you can see, I am ready to get out there with the slogan: Runners4lyfe & challenge the community to join me in committing to a healthier life both mentally and physically.
Throughout the years I have participated in the Run for Sight event, the Day of the Dead 5k, the 5/3rd river Bank Run and Bridge Run in Grand Rapids, the Mackinaw Bridge Run, Michigan State University’s Race for the Place, and the Girls Rock half marathon run in Chicago. I have done numerous others throughout the state of Michigan, and even partnered with girls to accompany them during Muskegon’s Girls on the Run event.
Let me help make Muskegon the healthiest county in Michigan by 2021 by becoming an Ambassador & encouraging the community to join the “Runners4lyfe” movement!
Mitze A. Alexander grew up in Muskegon and graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central. She went on to receive her Associates from Muskegon Community College, her Bachelors from Michigan State University, her Masters from Western Michigan University, and is currently working on her Doctorate at Central Michigan University.
Mitze served 4 active years in the U.S. Army and retired after 20 years from the Michigan Army National Guard. She is a therapist with Services of Hope, LLC, and a adjunct professor at Muskegon Community College.
She gained her love for running while serving in the military.