The Michigan Mountain Biking Association has hired Marne Smiley as their Executive Director.
Smiley is the first woman to fill this role for the 3,000-member organization. The position is part time, and she wil retain her full-time job as an associate editor at Michigan Sports & Fitness.
Members had some initially nervous reactions when she was hired. But the 25-year-old athlete is calming their fears. Although her lifestyle is anything but calm.
In an average week she bikes 10 hours, runs 15-20 miles, and swims three days. In high school she excelled at cross-country running. She was an all-state athlete from Stevenson High in Sterlings Heights and attended Michigan State on a full athletic scholarship.
In college she sought a new challenge and found it in mountain biking. She's finished sixth in the pro/elite division of the Michigan Iceman race, competes in biking triathalons, even qualifying for the Nissan Xterra World Championships.
Her current love: cyclocross, a sport often described as steeplechase for cyclists.
"She's a fierce, competitive athlete, so that translates well to her job and bike racing," Bill Mayer, MMBA's president, said. "She just jumps in with both feet. When she sees a challenge she goes for it."
from the Grand Rapids Press, "New Mountain Biking boss ready to prove herself", by Barbara Beal Schmid, Jan 4, 2008
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