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About Me

My name is Neringa Kaulinaite Gafford, I am 37 year old elite runner with Fort Wort Distance Project.  I have one daughter and two step-children and an amazing husband. My goal is to run the Houston Marathon 2021 this winter. I hope, if I am fit, I need to run 2:37 to qualify for Marathon World Championships in 2021 and represent Lithuania again.


I was born in Lithuania and completed high school, then I went to college for one year in Lithuania. I moved to London when I was 18 years old and went to college as an English major. I moved to Texas in 2015.

Inspiration for Running:

My biggest inspirations are my coach Ben Bruce, Stephanie Bruce and the NAZ Elite team.  Also Alphine Tuliamuk, who won the Olympic Trials Marathon in 2020. I am hoping to follow in their steps, which makes me work harder and run faster every day. I feel good when I run; I don’t want to stop, I just want to keep going!!!