When you hear the name Allmendinger, chances are you think about racing--but we're not going to talk about racing today. Instead, let's talk about (and with) Tara Allmendinger.
Last year, Tara was the first runner-up for 2020 Mrs. North Carolina. Ashley George, Mrs. Lake Norman 2020, won. Married women from across the state of North Carolina competed for the title.
This year, it was Tara's turn! The 2021 pageant was held last Saturday (June 12th) at The River Place Studio in Fort Mill, SC. [The Mrs. South Carolina pageant along with Miss North Carolina for America and Miss South Carolina for America pageants were held at the same place that evening.]
After winning the title this year, Tara says she is excited for the "Race to the Crown" in preparation for competing at the Mrs. America Pageant held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV November 12-21, 2021.
Now, for anyone who isn't a racing fan, her husband is AJ Allmendinger (Nascar Xfinity Driver, Kaulig Racing, #16).
Tara was kind enough to answer some questions.
WHY WERE YOU INTERESTED IN REPRESENTING NC/SC AS A MRS. AMERICA CONTESTANT?
Representing North Carolina as a married woman is a personal goal because it will allow me to share my self-healing journey with a larger audience. I have discovered my superpower is to heal and sharing my road to wellness with others has given me a unique purpose. I am now excited to share my struggles and how they have created healthier lifestyle habits. Today I am the happiest and most well version of myself. I am living proof that self-care, living outside of the box, reciting daily affirmations and gratitude, not being afraid to fail, and listening to your inner self will improve your exterior and overall well-being. Join me. I will lead you to wellness.
WHAT KEEPS YOU BUSY DURING THE DAY (CAREER, SCHOOL, FAMILY, ETC)?
In April I competed in my first fitness competition in Charlotte. Competing on stage was representative of me overcoming major gut issues and allergies. I have suffered from severe stomach pain, digestion problems, acid reflux, bloating, brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, and bouts of skin issues for the majority of my life. Things really turned a corner for me when I stopped listening to everyone else’s food advice, made a career shift, found an allergist, purchased a high-powered water filtration system, and became mindful of the gut-brain connection.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME (HOBBIES, INTERESTS, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT)?
At the core of our health is water quality. I serve as an Ambassador for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF), a local, community-based group that dedicates time, talent, and resources to ensure the protection of the Catawba-Wateree River. If I were asked to create a superhero character, she would be the Race City Riverkeeper. What I am accomplishing through fundraising, education, advocacy, and engaging my local community is a way for me to apply my career experience and spiritual gifts to serve the greater interests of the River Basin. Healthy rivers build healthy communities, globally. Our Catawba River hosts the largest environmental clean-up in US history by volume. Creating a larger brand identity for the Riverkeeper is important to me because water has had life-changing impacts on my health and family.
WHY DID YOU ENTER THE MRS. NC/SC PAGEANT?
I am a Wellness Warrior and I have the opportunity to promote health in mind, body, and soul across the Carolinas and the country. My goal is to successfully launch a line of women’s performance shoes designed for comfort, style, and performance that offer inclusivity to skin color. This heel supports the woman wearing it while elevating her endless preparation and sacrifice, which only she can bring to the stage. Elevating people to get a victory for their goals and dreams is inspiring me to continue to chase my own. I am so excited for the direction of my life and I cannot wait for the journey ahead.
The Lincoln Herald congratulates Tara on winning the Mrs. North Carolina America title this year. She and AJ both have a history of 'bouncing back' as racing fans who know AJ's story are aware. She's a lovely young lady and it's nice to have the photos of her to brighten our website this weekend. The photos are courtesy of photographer Angelia Hudson, www.angeliahudsonphotography.com.
Tara added, "I am so excited to represent North Carolina (and Denver)! I am proud to call myself a resident of this area and I hope to grow a greater interest in the pageant in this region and beyond. I know this county is filled with incredible women doing marvelous things for themselves, their families, and the community every day.
"It is my joy to champion wellness through my Wellness Warrior platform as well as promote Victories for our personal well-being, for the Catawba River, and our environment, as well as to combat opioid addiction and overdose death with the Victoria's Voice Foundation."