Allison is a New Englander gone Virginian, currently calling the Appalachian Trail her home. In true New England fashion, she grew up hiking, climbing, skiing and playing pond hockey before Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley stole her heart, as she pursued her undergraduate degrees at James Madison University. In 2010, at the age of 21, Allison was diagnosed with melanoma. To reclaim her sense of self and regain her strength, she began running and hiking.
Allison moved to the nation’s capital where she pursued a career in corporate social responsibility. She became a registered yoga teacher, a marathoner, and an AYA cancer advocate. She spent her free time, adventuring through Shenandoah with her partner, Ryan and rescue pup, Lucky. In June of 2019, Allison left her career in CSR and her yoga community to pursue her dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail.
She is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia and will run her 5th and final Boston Marathon on April 20, 2020 as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team.