The "Hottie Hunter"

You may have seen my story at some point within the last week.  I ran the New York City Half Marathon and took selfies with some handsome gentlemen.

It all started when my friend Justin wrote a Buzzfeed community article.

Then Good Morning America picked it up.

And then The Huffington Post.

And Gothamist. 

And then it went international.

The Daily Mail.

Cosmopolitan Australia.

And then I stopped being able to read what was written about me.

And finally, the article that called me creepy and sexist.

A lot changed in seven days. And by a lot has changed, I mean nothing's changed except for the fact that I've gained a few thousand followers on Instagram & Twitter (@KellyKKRoberts). So here I go, riding the "hottie hunter" "seflie bandit" wave, hoping to make you laugh or to inspire you to run (or AT LEAST think about running. I mean come on, I wouldn't lie to you. It's actually fun. Look at those faces- that's a face having fun.). 

So let's get to know each other! Now that you know about what I did, let me introduce myself. My name is Kelly. I'm an amateur runner. I say amateur runner because I run and race for fun.

I know what you're thinking, there's NOTHING fun about running. FACT: There can be times when there is absolutely nothing fun about running. Yes, I've broken down to tears before on a street corner because I was still incredibly far from home. But hey, that was training for a marathon and we can talk more about that when we get there.

I NEVER in a MILLION years would have expected to gain notoriety for being a runner. I didn't play sports in school, I was a theater kid that grew up telling jokes and making people laugh. I'd describe myself as "athletic" only in the sense that I am EXCEEDINGLY competitive (probably because I have a Pac-10 champion swimmer as a dad) [PS: I don't know what that means, but it sounds really important when my dad not so subtly drops it into conversations which is why I'm not so subtly dropping it there]. I enjoy being active but I never sought it out or thought of it seriously.

So now what? Run Selfie Repeat. There's a lot of training, adventures and racing on the horizon for us now that the sun has FINALLY defeated this cursed winter.

If you're a new runner or want to start running  -- I've got your back.  I ran my first half marathon in cotton leggings and chafed like I have never chafed before. Don't know what "sweat whicking material is?" I can't wait to tell you about it! If you never want to run a block in your life or are even as advanced as a Boston Strong runner --  the things I do will probably make you laugh, so sit back and enjoy the adventures and jokes.

So brace yourself folks, we're just getting started. 


Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.