Julie Landry

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Chief hu­man re­sources of­fi­cer, Racine Uni­fied School District Age: 52

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Since child­hood, Julie Landry has loved be­ing ac­tive. In high school, she played bas­ket­ball, ran track, and was a cheer­leader. As an adult – and a mom – with a high-stress job, she makes fit­ness a pri­or­ity. To­day, Landry ex­er­cises at least four days a week, and dur­ing the warmer months, six to seven. She runs, bikes, swims and takes Zumba classes. She com­pleted her first Iron Girl Triathlon last Au­gust.

“Ex­er­cis­ing is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for women of color,” says Landry, who lives in Glen­dale, “be­cause we typ­i­cally don’t take care of our­selves.”

Landry is en­cour­ag­ing other women of color to get mov­ing. Eight oth­ers are now train­ing with her for this year’s Iron Girl; she has a Face­book page, Mil­wau­kee Fit­nat­ics; and she takes a team each year to the Fight For Air Climb up the U.S. Bank Cen­ter tower.

“You only have one body,” she says. “You can’t take it for granted.”

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