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