Shannon Payne

Credit: Tim Bergsten
Credit: Tim Bergsten

Why I took the pledge:
Because running up mountains is as close as I’ll ever come to heaven on earth, and I couldn’t imagine ever tarnishing it or making it anything less than that! I love running to run just as much as I love running to race! On top of that and maybe more importantly, hard, honest training and racing takes guts, cheating does not; a victory that came as a result of a shortcut is no victory at all.