My name is Jennifer Hienton and I live in Chicago, IL. I grew up in Phoenix, AZ and rode horses competitively growing up. I got my horse, Spot, when he was 5 and had him until he passed away last year at age 24. I spent every spare minute in high school at the barn, and the only running I did was when my friends and I would pretend to be horses and run around (true story).
In 2007 I was living in New York with my brother when he started running. At the time I smoked probably two packs of cigarettes a day and only ran to catch the subway, but for some reason decided it sounded like something I should try. I started run/walking with him when he would go run (he would run ahead and loop back to make sure I hadn't died) and ran my first race, a 10k, in December 2007. I remember thinking it was never going to end. So long, and I was so slow . . . the whole time I was trying to figure out a good excuse to drop out.
Fast forward to 2009, I had quit smoking and ran my first marathon; the New York City Marathon. I didn't really think it was that awesome (it was so long . . . so long) but for some reason decided to run three more the next year, six the next year, and so on and so forth. I just ran my 76th marathon/ultra, including several doubles and triples.
In 2012 I thought it might be fun to try a triathlon (after adamantly swearing I would never, ever do a tri), and completed the Chicago Tri where I had no idea what I was doing, but had a lot of fun. I clearly have an addictive personality, and coming up on my three-year anniversary of my first triathlon I have completed six IRONMAN® triathlons, several half IRONMAN® triathlons, and many shorter distance tri’s. I'm still not very fast, but I always have a lot of fun out there. I love to race, so the more races I can do in a year, the better!
At 6'1", I am one of the tallest, if not the tallest, girl at almost every race I do. People always seem disappointed to hear that I'm not a swimmer. My nickname is "Tall Jenn" (so clever) and I'm pretty easy to spot in a crowd. :) I joined Team TBT in 2014 and have been having a blast meeting other members at races and getting to know the staff.
In my spare time I like to sleep (pretty sure that counts as a hobby), read, travel (everywhere!), and hang out with my dog, who is probably the best dog out there.