August 2018

Bachelorette of the Year 2018 Nominee, Katelyn Presti

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Name: Katelyn Presti
Age: 28
Occupation: Studio Manager of Orangetheory Fitness Hilton Head
Home Town: Janesville, Wisconsin

First thing you do every morning?
Wake up, go to work and make a cup of coffee.

What is something unusual about you?
I’m a twin- both of us were adopted from Taiwan as babies., I went to an orphanage and my sister went to a foster home, but then we were adopted into the same American family.

ho in your life do you trust the most?
My family and best friends.

What are you afraid of?
Snakes!

What motivates you?
Marathon running- Boston and runDisney’s 48.6-mile Dopey Challenge.

If you could switch places with anyone for a day who would it be?
Tatyana McFadden- Paralympian

If you could leave right now, where would you go?
Disney World

Where is your favorite spot in Hilton Head or Bluffton?
When I get out there in time, I love watching the sunrise over the ocean on Folly Field beach up by the rocks and where the beach starts turning on the “heel” of the island.

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?
On Christmas Eve, after the candlelight church service, my family and I drive around looking at Christmas lights. After that we go home and eat a late-night dinner of a little small plate/horderves foods that we prepare just for this time of year and watch a Christmas movie together. It’s family time you can’t take for granite and will never get old.

Would money buy you happiness?
Being a post-grad paying bills and living on the island, I’d be lying if I said money didn’t bring “some” comfort, but it definitely isn’t what important in life. Money may fill the pockets but the adventures and opportunities I take to spend time with people I love, along with helping others to make a difference are what makes life purely happy.

What are two of your strengths?
Reliable and Detail-oriented.

Person you most look up to.
My dad- he’s the toughest man I know as he battled through his journey to beat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML. Being diagnosed in January of this year; it’s been a rollercoaster of mental and physical emotions, but he continued to fight and keep high spirits with the willpower to beat such a terrible disease.

How do you spend your free time?
Usually on a run, spontaneous road trip, or eating a Mickey ice cream bar!

Are you spiritual or religious?
Spiritual- I’m a Christian who believes in God wholeheartedly. I pray often and trust in his plan with complete faith even when some things are not understood.

Do you have a pet? If so, what kind and name?
No pets, but I have terrible puppy fever.

Cat or Dog? Dog
Heels or Flats? Flats
Cook or Eat out? Eat Out

What is your drink of choice?
Black and White Mocha

Three words your friends might use to describe you.
Spontaneous, Genuine and Compassionate.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment this far is?
Boston Marathon Finisher 2018- Ran and raised $8,000 as a charity runner for Good Sports on their marathon team. Good Sports is a non-profit that provides brand new sports equipment to underprivileged children and gives them access to sports and physical activity.

Leader of Follower?
Leader- “if you can dream it, you can do it”- Walt Disney; with this mindset and desire to make a change, anything can happen. Don’t wait for someone to motivate you; go for it and never give up. In turn, who you are and become is who you attract, and it inspires other to do the same.

There is a mandatory evacuation for the Lowcountry- what do you not leave home without?
All my race medals!

Favorite local bar or restaurant?
Stu’s Surfside Subs & The French Bakery

Charity you would like to play for?
myTEAM TRIUMPH- Hilton Head

Why does this charity mean so much to you?
In January 2016, my best friend and I were to run the Walt Disney World 48.6-mile Dopey Challenge together. A few weeks before the races, Monica severely injured her back. Realistically, there was little to no chance she was going to be able to run a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon. With the help of myTEAM TRIUMPH, we were able to become a running duo through all the races. It proves you can do anything you set your mind to if you truly believe with all your heart. You can create that “magic” that only comes from within, and that’s the true TRIUMPH, I was aske “Have you ever thought about starting your own chapter? You have the heart and personality to do it!” The rest is history! From this myTEAM TRIUMPH-Hilton Head was founded.

Now many others and I are paying it forward and providing the opportunity for other with disabilities to experience the thrill of crossing the finish line. We can give them a way to forget about their limitations and defy expectations.

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