Jessica Wiant has always called West Virginia home. A West Virginia University graduate, she grew up in central West Virginia and has lived in the Eastern Panhandle since 2005. A fulltime mom to three boys, she’s made it her mission to make sure her family is active and takes advantage of what this area has to offer, from kayaking stretches of the Potomac on lazy summer weekends to exploring local trails and Civil War sites. To set an example and ensure she’d be able to keep up with her boys, now ages 8, 5 and 3, she took up running in 2013 and since has tackled countless 5 and 10Ks and two half marathons. Running has given her the confidence to pursue other outdoor activities, most recently backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. In 2018, she hopes to continue to challenge herself and take on more miles than ever.