Quincy High School alumna Chyanne Taylor grasps on to a much needed thirst quencher after finishing a half-marathon in Santa Cruz last June. Taylor is now preparing for a full marathon in Ventura on Sept. 8, and is getting help through the Saucony 26 Strong program. Photo submitted
Quincy High graduate Chyanne Taylor got into running four years ago when her boyfriend at the time and current husband Bryson Taylor left for boot camp in the U.S. Marine Corps. Running helped Chyanne focus and pass the time while she waited for Bryson to return.
Once Chyanne began running regularly, she got hooked. Running became more than just a time passer; it became a way of living. In the last four years Chyanne tackled and completed three half-marathons.
Chyanne, now living at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, is training to run her first full marathon Sept. 8 in Ventura. Chyanne is getting an edge up on her competition, however, thanks to being chosen in the Saucony 26 Strong program.
Saucony 26 Strong is a project by Saucony, the athletic equipment manufacturer. The program pairs first-time marathon runners with experienced marathoners in a mentorship program. Chyanne was one of 26 chosen out of more than 2,000 applicants.
“I was walking through the Safeway in Quincy and saw an ad in a magazine for this program,” Chyanne recalled. “I had to submit an essay detailing why I would be right for the program. A couple weeks later I received an email saying I was chosen.”
Saucony provided Chyanne with the mentorship of Jake Jendusa, who ran his first marathon in 2011 and hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon this year. In addition, Saucony provided Chyanne with lots of free gear and equipment.
Chyanne’s progress and eventual results of the program can be followed at running.competitor.com.