Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Lynn Eggers.
Jamie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Sports has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up in a small town in Washington and was in sports at an early age. I was a three sport athlete in High School and received a scholarship to play Volleyball at the University of Puget Sound in the Seattle Area.
While in college, I took on an internship with the Tacoma Rainiers Minor League Baseball Club. This made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in the sports industry. I moved to the Bay Area after college and worked for the Golden State Warriors and Oakland A’s. I found myself in San Diego a couple years later and went for a job working with Competitor Group Inc. and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. I have been with the company for 4 and a half years in the Community Relations Department. I was working out of our headquarters in San Diego until about a year and a half ago when I relocated to Dallas and took on a bigger role with our Dallas Half Marathon events. I created a new course for the 2015 race to highlight the beautiful and iconic areas of Dallas that hadn’t been seen in the past.
I am currently a Community Relations Manager and work with the communities where our races are located. I communicate, coordinate and bring awareness to our events. I have also spearheaded a Community Donation Project where we collect clothes & shoes at our Health & Fitness Expo from the runners/public and donate it to a local homeless shelter or charity in the area. This has debuted in two cities so far, Dallas & Seattle, and am hoping to get it in 10 markets throughout the next year. I would like to expand it for other times of the year, such as food donations around Thanksgiving or a coat drive in the winter.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The sports industry is one of the hardest to break into and I’ve definitely put in a lot of hours and effort to be where I am today. I have had some unforeseen obstacles in my life that have made my journey a challenge. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 16 years old. I have gone through dozens of harsh medications, major surgery, and many painful days of being sick. Crohn’s Disease is not something you can see from the surface of looking at someone, it is an invisible disease that silently affects thousands of people.
This disease has been a constant struggle not only through playing sports myself, but still today in everything that I do. I have been fortunate enough to push through the bad days and continue to be successful with the support of my family, friends and coworkers.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Rock n Roll Marathon Series – what should we know?
Competitor Group Inc. operates over 30 Rock ‘n’ Roll Races domestic and international. Our local race is the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon that takes place in late March. In 2018, it will be the weekend of March 24-25. It is a fast and scenic course that starts downtown near the Omni Hotel, runs around Deep Ellum, over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, through Kessler Park, alongside the Bishop Arts District and finishes at the Lawn at Reunion Tower.
Our races are not only for the elite runners, but also for runners at all levels, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned vet. People are running for many different reasons. It could be a lifelong goal, a chance for a PR, or an event to celebrate your fight over an illness. Each and every story is inspiring and continues to awe me.
I was working our San Diego Event when I ran into a spectator that I noticed was cheering for a buddy running in full firefighter gear. I started talking with the man asking about his friend. He proceeded to tell me that his only Firefighter Unit is running the Marathon in full gear for his young son who was fighting cancer. I was so touched by this that I coordinated for the little boy to meet the last firefighter coming into the final stretch, along with all the other firefighters that had finished, at the beginning of the finish line shoot and all finish the race together. The father was so elated and it filled my heart with joy. These races mean so much more to different people and I’m glad to be a part of making that happen.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I pride myself on my work ethic. No matter what I’m doing, I give it my all and am not satisfied until I do it to the best of my ability.
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