“I had weight loss surgery in October of 2016 and in the first seven months, I lost 80 pounds and it really picked up where that was the most I was going to lose. But it became maintaining,” Walters recalled.  Walters fell in love with running. The Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic is a way to keep her goals on track.

“Gasparilla’s been awesome. I ran a 5k six or seven years ago and then last year I was injured,” Walters said.

She believes this physical evolution gives her a new perspective on life.

“I feel better inside about who I am which is really important to me,” she added.”

To watch the interview or read the full article, visit https://www.wfla.com/news/gasparilla/gasparilla-race-gives-local-woman-new-outlook-on-life/