I was born and raised in Iron Mountain, MI. Iron Mountain is a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is located about 100 miles north of Green Bay, WI.
I am a natural born "Yooper" (a term used to describe people from the Upper Peninsula). The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a rural and densely wooded area.
Growing up in the UP had an effect on my interests and hobbies. To this day, I love hunting, fishing, hiking, and the outdoors.
I also played a lot of sports during my childhood. I played baseball through high school, and I'm an avid Chicago Cubs fan. I played soccer for many years growing up, and I ran cross country and track.
I'm still an avid runner and keep track of my best times at various distances:
5k: 18:12 (Macon Labor Day 5k, Macon, GA, September 7, 2009)
5 mile: 32:15 (Kiwanis Memorial Day Road Race, Cordele, GA, May 29, 2006)
10k: 39:15 (Enmark Savannah Bridge Run, Savannah, GA, December 6, 2008)
15k: 1:01:24 (Peachtree City Classic, Peachtree City, GA, October 21, 2006)
Half-Marathon: 1:24:13 (Auburn Half-Marathon, Auburn, AL, January 18, 2014)
Marathon: 3:00:35 (Mercedes Marathon, Birmingham, AL, February 16, 2014)
Here's a picture of the Beaulier family from October 2012 (Lilla, Anemone, Scott and Roma Beaulier); Roma was just 12 days old at the time: