Hello, my name is Maria Lopez, I’m in my 40’s and am striving to be healthier by making a move and walking, I put together a team of all females, different ages with different fitness levels, but we all have the same idea, to get up and start moving and become healthier. The name of my team is “The Pink Turtles”, we may be slow but we will make it to cross the finish line. Last year in June I completed my first half marathon, since then I have participated in many different walking/running events, 5K’s & 10K’s. I have inspired other’s to join me and have created this team of 46 females and continue to get more women inspired to be part of this movement. I have a history of heart disease & diabetes in my family, I lost two family members last year to these diseases, my mother and sister. Both of them suffered tremendously. I lost my mother in February and my team was not sure if I would still do the half marathon in June but it gave me more of a reason to do it and finish it. I am very determined to make changes and have invited other’s to join me on my journey, anyone can be a Pink Turtle, you just need to get up and start moving to your next finish line.