Wendy Berthiaume

In 2011 Wendy's friend encouraged her to start running. She enjoyed working out and began exercising on a regular basis. Three years later, both of her grandmas and a close friend all passed away within 6-months. To make matters worse, her best friend and running partner moved to Denver. Wendy found herself lonely, desperate, and depressed. Then, one night she was drunk and scrolling through Facebook when she came across an advertisement for the Snowdrop Foundation’s 55-hour race in Sugarland. The organization and race participants raise money for the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

Despite Wendy’s drunken and dejected state, she was touched by the mission of the Snowdrop Foundation and signed up for the event. She says that when she finally finished the 100-mile race, she was a hot mess. Not only could she not run for several weeks, she was so injured that she also could not perform her job as a hair stylist. However, she also fell in love with the Snowdrop Foundation and its mission to provide the best pediatric patient care possible. She has continued to fund raise for the organization and volunteers at the event every year. After the Snowdrop race, she offered to help her coach at Black Wolf Cross Fit train for his first marathon. He was so thrilled to finish a marathon that he asked Wendy to help him train for an ultramarathon. In addition, they also decided to create the Black Wolf Racing team so other people could realize the sense of accomplishment and freedom they had experienced.  

Wendy was not intimidated by all of the injuries she sustained during her first ultramarathon. Instead, she wanted to try again. She and her Cross Fit coach spent countless hours training for the Lean Horse 100-mile race and Wendy was finally able to redeem herself 2-years later. She is surprised and grateful for her own accomplishments and transformation over the last 2 ½-years. However, more than her own successes, she is tremendously proud of the numerous individuals who have joined the Black Wolf Racing group. Most of them never ran before becoming part of the team. Wendy has felt a tremendous sense of satisfaction watching many of them complete their first race; a few have even finished a marathon! When Wendy trains at Memorial Park, she feels like she belongs and is part of a community of athletes. Recently, when she returned to the Park after being injured, several of the Regulars stopped her to ask where she had been and if she was feeling better. She thinks the Park is like Cheers: Even if people don’t know your name, they still recognize you and say, “Hello.”