"I had my eye on the 100 Mile sterling silver necklace for a long time. I found it when browsing through the Tarma website after receiving an advertisement for the site at one of my ultra marathons. I fell in love with the necklace the moment I saw it but wouldn't allow myself to buy it until I earned it...which meant I needed to complete a 100-mile ultra marathon.

Being an ultra runner, I've finished many ultras from 50K to 50 miles, to 100K, to 68 miles. I was very proud of my accomplishments and have even placed first, second, and third in many of these grueling races, but there was something missing. I needed to finish a 100 mile ultra marathon.

One tough chick

I registered for my first 100-miler and trained extremely hard for it but failed to finish the race for many reasons that were out of my control. I immediately entered another 100-miler and failed again. Refusing to give up, I did a lot of thinking and made some important changes to myself and to my training when I decided to register for another 100-miler.

Third time was a charm and I finally reached the finish line of a 100-mile ultra marathon (despite getting lost for two hours at mile 93 causing me to complete a total of 106 miles!) After the race and all that I went through, I told myself that I had definitely earned Tarma's 100-mile necklace now and gave myself permission to order it. My necklace quickly arrived in the mail and it was more beautiful than I had imagined. To this day, I rarely take it off.

woman smiling wearing 100 mile pendant necklace

Shortly after my first 100-miler, I went on to complete another and have many others coming up (including being chosen to run Western States 100 this year!) I can honestly say that if it weren't for my dream of owning Tarma's 100-mile necklace, I don't think I'd be where I am today with my running accomplishments.

standing at 100 mile endurance run finish line

Thank you, Tarma for giving me the inspiration and motivation to follow my dreams, keep on pushing and never give up!"