AMY COTTA - BOOT RUNNER
AMY COTTA | BOOT RUNNER | FITNESS EXPERT
ENTREPRENUER | AUTHOR | SPEAKER | USMC MOM
DARE TO DREAM. DARE TO LIVE. DARE TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE FOR A CAUSE.
Amy is a mother of six, fitness expert, published author, a former national fitness champion, on-air television and radio host, turned philanthropic athlete, and a social entrepreneur.
Amy's journey to get uncomfortable started at 40-years old when she dared learn how to swim to participate in an open water Olympic Distance triathlon to honor her family members fighting cancer.
After a couple of years of racing triathlons to raise money for cancer research in 2011, Amy's attention moved to PTSD suicide prevention and honoring or Nation's fallen heroes after she signed for her then 17-year-old son over to the USMC.
Amy laced up USMC combat boots while her son was away at Marine Corps Recruiting Station Parris Island. To help with her growing anxiety, Amy laced up her boots to run a 5K and then a half marathon a week later. That was the start of what would lead her to do Ironman Chattanooga in 2014, wearing combat boots and a weighted military pack adorned with photos of twenty-one fallen service members. This one simple act would lead to a national campaign to make EVERY DAY Memorial Day through the nonprofit she founded, Memories of Honor.
Amy is the Founder, and Executive Director of Memories of Honor, a national military nonprofit whose mission is to make EVERY DAY Memorial Day. She's also the Founder and CEO of Wearable Gratitude.™ Wearable Gratitude™ is a social enterprise that takes in authentic duty-worn military uniforms and upcycles them into patriotic fashion and accessories.