Nov. 7 – Meet RI Author Connie Ross Ciampanelli

Ciampanelli Connie

Journey to 10K: Adventures of an Older Novice Runner
In 2012, I celebrated my 60th birthday by running a 5K for the first time in my life. Never an athlete, I followed the Josh Clark Couch to 5K® designed especially for beginners. Journey to 10K: Adventures of an Older Novice Runner, my first book, is the story of how I achieved my dream. Written as I went along, it illustrates the successes and failures, good and bad runs, and discouragement and elation that I experienced.

I wrote this book to encourage others who embark on similar journeys. With desire and determination, anyone in good health can succeed in achieving their running goals.

Now approaching 63, I’m currently halfway through training for a half marathon.

Connie lives in North Providence, Rhode Island. Married to Tony for thirty-nine years and the mother of two grown sons, she works in the Guidance Office of La Salle Academy in Providence.

In addition to writing, she loves counted cross-stitching, specializing in sampler reproduction. She is also passionate about animals, at this time the human mother of Mercedes the cat. Mercedes and all of the Ciampanellis’ felines past and present have been rescues.

Connie is working on the true story of a feral cat that has resided in her neighborhood for several years. Unofficially adopted by Connie and Tony, they have named him Bartholomew Thomas Katt: Bart the Mysterious.

12 thoughts on “Nov. 7 – Meet RI Author Connie Ross Ciampanelli

  1. I am your age and training for my 3rd Ironman…just completed my 126th triathlon and training for my 10th swim from Alcatraz to San Fran. It’s a lifestyle for sure!


    1. I salute you, H2ofeo2! What an amazing journey.
      While I did complete my one-and-only half marathon for my 63rd birthday, I have no aspirations to go beyond. Still running, though.
      Enjoy your astounding accomplishments and those to come.


      1. My best (don’t know is astounding is a word I would use for any of these things) accomplishment is putting my daughter through college and getting her Master’s and working with special needs kids for over 40 years. That’s something I am more proud of than any silly little (or big) event!


    1. It’s quite a story, Claremary. You probably know a feral’s life expectancy is approximtely 2-3 years. Bart’s been coming around for over seven. I have about fifty pages of notes and dozens of photographs. Many are set to “Public” on my f/b page if you’d like a sneak peak. Some of the story can be found in the “Notes” section.
      Does Zuzu have petals? 😉 You can assure her that whatever happens to Bart, his long, healthy life makes it a happy ending already.

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      1. I will definitely check out Bart. Yes, when I rescued ZuZu from under the barn and brought her home, she was a very wild little kitten and kept hiding under furniture. So, I had to hold her for 3 days and nights to keep her calm and I used a soft little horse stuffed animal for her companion. We called the horse Petals and he became ZuZu’s Petals. I think there’s a picture of the two of them in one of my previous posts. I’ll have to check on that.


    1. Christine, once a Lasallian, always a Lasallian. Thanks for the note. By the way, my husband and two sons are all alumni: ’71, ’98, ’00.


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