Bridget Simpson completed her first half marathon on her 40th birthday. Thinking it was a once-in-a-lifetime event, she was proud of her accomplishment and ready to move on to something else, never aspiring to run in a long distance event ever again.
However, in the months that followed, she was constantly being asked when her next race was to take place. In fact, the question was asked so often that she started to contemplate running in the same race again the following year. She did, and improved her finish time by more than 30 minutes.
Sensing she was on a roll, she became serious about her training and nutrition and started entering races near her home in Tennessee. Unaware that there was an entire culture dedicated to the running world, she discovered races were held every single weekend throughout all of the United States.
Thus, a dream was born: to run a distance event in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia.
In her new book “Running My Way Across The USA,” Bridget chronicles her experience of seeing the country from the view of a road race. Along the way, she would earn many trophies and age group awards, including the Masters Championship in for the Women’s 10k in Pocatello, Idaho. But more importantly, she would establish life-long friendships and discover the beauty and diversity of this great nation of ours, in ways she could never have hoped for or imagined.
As one of the few African American women to see the country in this fashion, she wanted to use her experience as a distance runner and health enthusiast to encourage others in lead healthly lifestyles. Recognizing the growing overweight and obesity rates of African American teenage girls, Bridget also wrote “A Distance Running Guide for African American Girls.” In it, she outlines what comprises a healthy lifestyle, discussing everything from proper nutrition to focused exercise, and addresses the issues specific to teeange girls, empowering them to become the healthiest they can be.
In addition to running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Bridget has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild (now known as SAG-AFTRA) since 1999 and enjoys working as a motivational speaker and fitness coach.
She earned an MBA from Emory University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. Having lived all over the country in cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta and Baltimore, she presently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.