April 2017 Half Fanatics Newsletter

April 2017 Half Fanatics Newsletter

APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER CONTENTS Becky #5677, Patty #14509, Angie #13211, Tammi #14236 Cover Page 1 Signature Races/Reunion 2 Pro Football Hall o...

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Becky #5677, Patty #14509, Angie #13211, Tammi #14236

Cover Page

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Signature Races/Reunion

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Pro Football Hall of Fame

HF Facebook Region Pages 3 April Race Photos Regional Ambassadors April Race Photos

4-5 6 7-8

Flying Fanatics

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From the Editor

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Achievements

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April Race Photos

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Upcoming June Races

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April Race Photos

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New Members

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Our Why

Athens Ohio Half

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Did You Know?

Gear/Fanatic Poll

ORRRC Marathon & Half Marathon

20 21-22 Jackie #14620, Jessie #14583

Billie #13784, Tammi #14236

RussVegas Half

Carla #13789, Greg #14245, Melissa #9945

Martian Half

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News from the 4th signature Race of 2017 Fox Cities Marathon and Half Marathon! http://conta.cc/2os00wr

Signature Race Series is here. The Maniacs / Fanatics have partnered with some AWESOME races around the country to bring you the 1st annual Signature Race Series. For more information visit:

http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/signature-race-series/

Did you earn the 2nd Signature Race Series medal at Tacoma City? Well you cant stop there! Come to Vermont and earn the 3rd medal at the MAD MARATHON on July 9th!

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HALF FANATICS REGION PAGES We are setting up Half Fanatics Facebook group pages in regions across the USA and beyond. If you live in one of the areas, please feel free to join. More regions will be added, so keep a look out for yours!

Region: Albuquerque, NM Anchorage / South Central Alaska Atlanta, GA Augusta, GA Austin, TX Baltimore, MD Baton Rouge, LA Birmingham, AL Buffalo, NY Central Arkansas / Little Rock Central Gulf Coast / Mobile Chattanooga, TN Chicago / Western IL Cincinnati, OH Colorado Springs, CO Dallas Fort Worth, TX. Denver, CO Des Moines, South Central IA Detroit, MI European Greensboro, NC Honolulu, HI (Oahu) Houston, TX Kansas City, MO Knoxville, TN Lincoln / Omaha NE Long Beach, CA Lubbock / West Texas Miami, FL

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Region:

Region:

Memphis, TN Nashville, TN New Orleans, LA Northern New Jersey Northwest Arkansas North Dakota Oklahoma City, OK Orlando, FL Panama City / Gulf Coast, FL Portland, OR. Philadelphia, PA Phoenix, AZ Raleigh / Cary, NC Richmond, VA

Rochester, NY Sacramento, CA San Antonio, TX San Diego, CA Seattle, WA Shreveport, LA Springfield, MO St Louis / SW Illinois Tacoma / South Puget Sound Tampa / St. Petersburg, FL Tulsa, OK Twin Cities, MN Virginia Beach, VA Washington DC Wichita, KS

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Tangel #14356, Pat #13327

Jascia #8103

Nathalie #10047

RussVegas Half

Inaugural Oma Half

Mihaela #4295, Jules #4294, Lisa #6155

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JBSA-Randolph Air Force Base Half

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Jamila #3959 Christabelle #3501

Justin #15668

Everett #15927

Greg #8068, Suzanne #15362

Abbi #933, Glenn #16007

Chuck #10903, Vernon #11363, Chuck #14217

Billie #13784

Bruce #8908

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Carla #13789

John #8439

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What a great group of people to kick off the Ambassador program! Keep a look out for them at your local events and beyond. We will be seeing some group run offerings in the near future, so make sure to connect with them through the Regional Facebook Chapters. *Our club Ambassador program will be capped at 60 ambassadors! This is until we see how the program is coming along. We *may* add more at a later time. We have currently reached our cap at this time. If you live in a heavily populated region and we are not currently represented there, please feel free to send us your information (we can and will make exceptions for certain areas. I.E. NYC / Los Angeles, Boston)

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APRIL PHOTOS

Tony #13280

Rosa #14507

Patty #8375

Spring Classic Half

Mike #8704

Scott #8354

Tracey #10251

Scott #14978

Randy #4373

Meghan #14020

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Tabitha #13652

Sheila #4982, Judy #12850

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Jeanie #9472

Lekeisha #14872

Kesha #10702

Leodis #7370

Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Kelly #2838

Kimara #10680

DanMan Challenge Trail Half

RussVegas

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Flying Half Fanatic #5

Ingram ran the Earth Day FLYING HALFAlexander FANATIC 12K-won 1st in his age group, Sunset 5K-won 1st in his age group. 2 races in one day! Alex is running the Sommer Sport 5K series this summer, last year he placed 3rd over for all 4 races. His next goal is to run a 15k and then a half marathon. He loves to run. He loves being a flying Half Fanatic. Alex has ran about 15 5Ks, 12k, 8K, and next is 15k then half

Get your child moving! An 8 week running program with fun and challenging running activities. After you sign your child up you will receive the following. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Tri-Fold brochure map to track your child's journey. Access to an interactive online map to track miles inside The Perch. Flying Fanatics kids tech tee. Flying Fanatics Finisher Medal. Flying Fanatics official club number up on The Perch. Find out more at: http://www.halffanatics.com/flying-fanatics.

Mission • • • •

To introduce our youth to the physical and emotional positive effects of running. To increase the physical activity of our youth. To create a positive environment where all participants are equal. *Hard work and determination will be rewarded at the end of the journey!

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FROM THE EDITOR Hello everyone. Thank you for the positive feedback on my first newsletter. As for me, I had a wonderful month of running even though it’s been a soggy one in the Pacific NW. Hope the change in weather has allowed you to get out there and explore.

FROM THE EDITOR

Want to share your ”why you run”, your achievements, goals, and any stories? Did you have a really great run -- or a horrid one? Are you celebrating any milestones: 50 half marathons? 100? 1000? Did you level up? Shoot me an email to include you in the next newsletter! [email protected] -Kellie Follett #4560

Orting Trail Half Easter Sunday

Derby Half

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Early Start at RussVegas

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Congratulations to all the Half Fanatics who achieved their goals. If you would like your promotion mentioned in the newsletter, please send your name, HF number and Moon level to: [email protected]

Janice #1246 Landed on The SUN

Jessi #14583 Landed on Saturn

Rachel #6506 Landed on The SUN

Lisa #14748 Landed on Jupiter

Ruben #15909 Landed on Jupiter

Denise #11063 also landed on Jupiter. Congratulations everyone!

HALF FANATICS MEMBERSHIP To be a Fanatic, Half Marathon times are not an issue, just that you finish your races. Also that you are having fun! After all, isn't that why we do this? All races need to be official events, no training runs will count! If you fit the criteria, You too can be a Half Fanatic! Visit http://www.halffanatics.com/membership to join!

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Nathalie #10047

Heather #7543

Laurie #9266

Lynn #13751

Mt. Si 25k

OKC Memorial

Jill #8914

UCAN Half

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Jill #4724

Ruth #14011

Aquarium Half

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Natalie #9449 Joceyln #7149

Julie #7805

Linc #4870

David #10823

Laurie #9266

Tarsha #13428

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Sue #10009

Joel #8787

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DID YOU KNOW?

Tired of missing pre-race photos? A new feature on the race calendar allows you to arrange pre-race group photos. And for events that already have a group photo set up, you can easily find out where it is. To arrange a group photo, send email with a little mini map to [email protected] To find out if your event has a race photo, go the race calendar and look for the camera icon: If it’s there, click it to view when and where the group photo will be. (Tip: You may need to disable your pop-up blocker)

April had 202 race events listed on the Half Fanatics Race Calendar. The top five events attended by Half Fanatics were: Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side, Rock and Roll Nashville, OKC Memorial Marathon, Run the Bluegrass, and Tacoma City Marathon. • Disney does it again with a fun and busy event with the Star Wars Dark Side theme. By far the most popular event for Fanatics this month and everyone had a good time. • RnR Nashville was well represented this year, and while the weather was hot and humid, and the course was a bit hilly, everyone loved the medal and the music. • Fanatics braved bit of wind and rain at the OKC Memorial and raved about the course support. A terrific event to remember such a horrible day. • Lots of compliments for the organization of Run the Bluegrass. Rolling hilly course, but people keep coming back for this scenic course. • This year Tacoma City was the 2nd event in the Half Fanatic/Marathon Maniac signature series, and this event had lots of crazies. The weather cooperated for a great run on a scenic run along the water.

Half Fanatics Forum As a Half Fanatics member, you have access to the private forum. Look under the Members menu and select Forum. There you can arrange ride/room shares, chat about different events, and send feedback to the Main Fanatics about the web site. Best of all, you can access the super secret discounts to different events and the Running Warehouse. Login to the Half Fanatics web site and give it a try. You never know what you might find there!

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UPCOMING JUNE RACES 6/1 6/1 6/2 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/3 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/4 6/10 6/10 6/10 6/10 6/10 6/10 6/10 6/10 6/10

Metal Saw Texas Marathon Mainly Marathons Heartland (Day 5) Mainly Marathons Heartland (Day 6) Mainly Marathons Heartland (Day 7) Downhill at Dawn Half Marathon Texas Trail Running Festival Race 13.1 Cincinnati, OH Newport Half Marathon SoCal Wine Country Women’s Half Marathon Grand Teton Half Marathon Asheville Half Marathon and 10k Rothrock Trail Challenge Hospital Run Half Race 13.1 - Raleigh Sunburst 1/2 Marathon Fontana Days Half Marathon Summer Night Trail Half Marathon Prairie Trails Half HillBilly Half XTERRA Knoxville Trail Run Lola's Lake Waconia Half Marathon ZOOMA Annapolis Skirt Sports 13er North Shore Classic DIVA - San Francisco Bay Biggest Loser Half Marathon - Erie Steamboat Springs Half Marathon The Scorcher Half Marathon Black Bear Half Marathon Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon Casper Marathon Boulder Rez Half Marathon Covered Bridges Half Marathon Half Sauer Half Kraut Deadwood Mickelson Trail Half Marathon Rock and Roll San Diego North Olympic Discovery 1/2 Marathon Niagara Falls Women's Half Echo Half Marathon Bald Peak Half THE HEIGHTS HALF MARATHON Yellowstone Half Marathon Snoqualmie Valley Run Rock 'n Sole Half Hatfield McCoy - Blackberry Mountain Hatfield McCoy - River Road Run For A Vet Race The Lake Cooperstown

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Utah Valley Half Marathon Marathon2marathon Race the Lake Flagstaff Extreme Big Pine Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin Cedar Point Half Marathon Swan Lake Marathon Lake Placid Half Marathon Divas Half Marathon Toronto ZIONSVILLE HALF MARATHON AND 5K Wounded Warriors Military Miles Half ODDyssey Half Marathon Hotlanta Half Marathon Hudson Walkway Half REVEL Rockies SHE Power Half Marathon - Indianapolis Bear Lake Half Marathon - Idaho Bear Lake Half Marathon - Wyoming Bear Lake Half Marathon - Utah Sugar Daddy Half Marathon Mary's Peak 25K Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Mayors Marathon Grateful Dad Half Marathon, 10k, 5k Gorges Ithaca Half Marathon Hilliard Classic Half Marathon Leadville Heavy Half Race 13.1 Roanoke Walt Stack DSE Runners Double Dipsea Rock Tahoe Half Marathon Estes Park Half Marathon Manitoba Half Marathon Mammoth Half Marathon Seattle Rock n Roll Capt'n Karls (Night) Trail Series 30k @ Pedernales Falls Glacier Half Marathon Slacker Half Marathon Morgan Valley Half Marathon Harmon Lakes Trail Festival Half Marathon Charlevoix Half Marathon Love Liberates Half Marathon Sturgis Falls Half Kona Marathon Half Marathon Fairfield Half Marathon Her Madison Half Marathon Bristol Independence Rhode Race Summerlake Loopy Red, White, & Blues Run Half Marathon

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*You can find these races (and many more) on the Race Calendar at: http://www.marathonmaniacsdb.com/fanatics/events The races above with $ have discounts. Look for the gold coin on the race calendar page, which signifies a discount. Click the coin and after a brief disclaimer reminding us that discounts are for members only, the code will be revealed along with the amount saved. RACE DIRECTORS - PLEASE SEND YOUR RACE DISCOUNT CODES to Jeff Bollman [email protected]

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Rick # 7599, Jodi #7708

Elizabeth #5507, Rafael #6716

Melissa #9945

De Curtis #11704, Allison #2154

Karey #11933

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Greg #14245, Melissa #9945

Ruben #15909

Anna #11720

B.J. #9432

Leodis #7370 Meghan #7202

Christy #15643

Orting Bunny Hop

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She Power Half JBSA-Randolph Air Force Base Half Terri #11944

Thomas #4932

Em Jai #5185, Jeff #623

Ronald #15826, Veronica #10313

RnR Nashville

Oak Barrel Half

Samuel #15562

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Skyline Half

Patricia #16065

Shannon #15326, Lisa #15325

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16021 Emperatriz Boyd,

16059 Mary Tadlock, LA

16097 Ashley Spencer, AR

16135 Jackie Joseph, MI

16022 Kendall Boyd, GA

16060 Beth Whitehead, OH

16098 Sheri Van Veldhouse, WA

16136 Heinrich Theuretzbacher, FL

16023 Anne Chen, CA

16061 Kristie Lacy, OK

16099 Gregg Spaulding, WA

16137 Justin Palmqvist, WI

16024 Lynn Lepley, AL

16062 Melanie Lander, OK

16100 Morgan Sherrill, WA

16138 Juan Pruitt, Tex

16025 Laura Magee, OK

16063 Karen Speten, MA

16101 Linda Brewster, AL

16139 Jerry Maynard, WV

16026 Kristina Gray, OK

16064 Jewels , LA

16102 Kevin Bradley, AR

16140 Amy Fair, OK

16027 Amy Russell, TX

16065 Patricia Ross , MO

16028 tutu~turtle, NC

16103 Vicki George, OK

16141 Doug Clouser, IN

16066 Liz Filion, WA

16104 Sandee Kelly , TX

16142 Tonya Kropp, Vir

16029 Bruno Pasqualucci, CT

16067 Brenda Matheny, OH

16105 Tom Karpowich, FL

16143 Kristin Taylor, TX

16030 Damarcus Miller, AL

16068 Brenda McGuinn, NC

16106 Jessica Adams, Geo

16144 CATHERINE MICHELSON, LA

16031 Kaitlyn Varghese, IN

16069 Kumli Anye , MD

16107 Melissa Kramarich, LA

16145 LiGerald Jones, VA

16032 Megan Owens, AR

16070 Laura Grimes, AR

16108 Pat Garner, CA

16146 Marleen Greenleaf, MD

16033 Hamilton, GA

16071 Kathryn Wilson, FL

16109 Tina Lam, AK

16147 Lisa Somsan, AZ

16034 Larry Larzelere, OK

16072 Hope H., KS

16110 Robin Troy, AR

16035 Catrina Scott, OK

16073 Kristle A Lacy, Ok

16111 Tanisha Arseneau, AL

16036 Charlotte Peng, WA

16074 Kelsey Hutchison, CA

16112 Jeff Denney, KS

16037 Jami Steiner, OK

16075 Karen Edsall, VA

16113 Angela Dennis, AR

16038 Norie Dimeo-Ediger, OR

16076 John Mangel, NC

16114 Joseph Berry, AR

16039 Chuck Hardy, GA

16077 Anne Furlow, VA

16115 Donna Smith (#16115), CA

16040 XIAOHANG GAO, VA

16078 Stephany Nichols, OK

16116 Che Kinnard, AR

16041 Jacky Hunt-Broersma, NC

16079 Mike Hobbs, CA

16117 Brittany Pena, AR

16042 Michelle Brack, NC

16080 Steve Brandeburg, AR

16118 Joshua Etzkorn, Ark

16043 Renee Howell, NY

16081 Brandi Waller, FL

16119 Joy Miller, NJ

16044 Ken Noh, GA

16082 Amy Var, HI

16120 Tina Douglas, AR

16045 Joy Aiello, CA

16083 Pamela Lockhart, TX

16121 Heather McGowan, MI

16046 Edward Del Favero,

16084 Amanda Luna, CA

16122 Jean Williams, FL

16047 Andrea Godfrey, ok

16085 Patrick Gioia, CA

16123 Eugenia White, LA

16048 Dale Holloway, NC

16086 Scott "The Low Rider" Porter, FL

16124 Lori Talley, AR

16049 Wanda Jenkins, MD

16087 Mackenzie Holliday, FL

16125 Ashley Gorze, OR

16050 Kathryn Welch, KS

16088 Ralph Trujillo, CA

16126 Monirul Hawke, WA

16051 Karen Thomas (#16051), GA

16089 Robin Moneypenny, OK

16127 Brandy Sykes, AR

16052 Dustin Erhardt, ND

16090 Debbie Stewart, MO

16128 Lori Beatty, FL

16053 Irma Arellano, TX

16091 CJ Roy, NE

16129 crystal ring, Ark

16054 Montana Ross, FL

16092 Russell Gilbert, TX

16130 Megan Rose Osborn, IN

16055 Erin Malinski, WA

16093 Christina Fowler, Was

16131 Michelle Behling, NJ

16056 Jamie Harper White, KY

16094 Jill Murphy,

16132 Justin Kleinfelter, PA

16057 Meridith Nguyen, KY

16095 Jana Brennan, IL

16133 Jenny Ganoe, OR

16058 Jaclyn Nowotny, IA

16096 Parker Ackerman, TX

16134 Nora Roberts, AE

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Wanda #16049

Pamela #16083

Michelle #16042

Kendall #16022, Emperatriz #16021

Gregg #16099

Jamie #16056

Jessica #16106

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Eugenia #16123

Christina #16093

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NEW FANATIC GEAR

EXPO SCHEDULE

There are some new amazing designs in the gear store. Check them out at http://www.databarevents.com/store/category/2/ Half-Fanatics

The Gear Guy will be at the following event Expos with club gear for Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics: Mad Marathon Expo July 9th Fox Cities Marathon Expo September 24th Tucson Marathon Expo December 9th Tobacco Road Marathon March 2018

FANATIC POLL Each month there will be a “Fanatic poll” posted online. Please take a few moments to answer this poll. Results will be in the next newsletter.

Last month’s question: The best run events have…..?

This month’s question: You cannot run without….?

20.00% 20.00% 7.50% 52.50%

Please submit your response at: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ee4s 59yhj29eci76/a003j29eni0j/questions

Medal, without a doubt. No bling, no run! T-shirt, it's a must. It's my badge of honor. Medal and T-shirt, of course! What is this craziness?! Neither, lower entry fee without medal and shirt.

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We all have our reason we run – our why – and it’s what gets us out the door most days. The more I run, the more people I meet, the more I’m learning about what brought others on their journey. Each month, I want to share as many of your whys as possible. Send me email to share yours. So how did my running career start? I did a couple years running on the Wii Fit, running on the spot, many miles that way. Then I had the opportunity to watch my daughter-in-law run a triathlon, sprint one, and saw all of these people old, fat, thin, tall & short, and decided maybe I could try and run. I had also lost my Mom and sister when they were 42 years old, and here I was 46 with an 11 year old who needed his Mum. This was end of July 2010. The next day I started running around the block, increasing distance every day until I ran the full way, 2.8 miles in 85 degree temps. When I finished i was as red as a Strawberry and my heart was pounding out my chest, but I had done it. I signed up for my first 5K, Wildcats Labor Day. I was HOOKED!! Ran my fist Marathon April 2011 and first Half May 2011. July 2011 I did the same sprint triathlon. Fast forward, today I have 106 full/ Ultras and nearing 100 halves to my name. TITANIUM-SUN level. I am not tall nor I am lean, nor young, but somehow I have inspired many to start running or achieve other life goals. I have made life long friends whom I have met on my running journey. The highlight of all the runs for me was in 2012 when I went home to Scotland to run the Edinburgh Festival Marathon and my Dad watch me finish with tears in his eyes. I was never into PE in school, I was book smart not sporty. Now I was an ATHLETE! Be the best you can be, fast or slow, walking or running. Share your story with someone. We each have a story to tell! Janice Northrup #1246

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In my Sophomore year at college, I worked at the Athletes Foot sports store in downtown Boston, where I met and began working for Bill McGoldrick. He wasn't just a runner, he was a marathoner! As Bill talked about running, I was inspired to start running more than just the occasional jog. Soon I was running home from work each day. Then adding long runs along the Charles River on weekends. Before I knew it, I was registered for a 10k and then another. As the Boston Marathon came onto the schedule, I was lucky enough to be signed on as a volunteer and see the legendary Bill Rogers run. When my time at the Athletes Foot ended, I continued running and volunteering at the Boston Marathon. I was there at the finish line when Alberto Salazar won the 'Duel in the Sun' before he was rushed to the medical area with exhaustion. I knew then I needed to run Boston. It took many miles, recovery from a nagging injury or two, and a few years, but I was fortunate enough to have Boston be my first and second marathons. Meeting the right people while volunteering had its reward that enabled me to run with a bib without having to qualify. I continued running for years after my two Boston Marathons, but career, marriage, and kids began to get in the way of regular training and serious mileage. This was also a time that half marathons weren't as prevalent as they are now, so I'd fit in a race here or there over the years before moving to Oregon. Eventually I was asked to join a Hood to Coast team. As the miles increased, the spark reignited that relaxed feeling running gave me. As busy as life was, running brought a tranquility over me. While my family considers me hyper, running created a calm. I found that I NEEDED that feeling. In 2013, I learned what a Half Fanatic was. Just by means of registering for two races too close together, I realized that I had already qualified to join. My type-A personality may have gotten the best of me, because I decided that to really be a Fanatic, I would register and run 4 halfs in 4 days! To date I've run more than 100 halfs. I became a Marathon Maniac and I just ran the Boston Marathon 31 years removed from my previous run for the finish line down Boylston Street -- this time with my oldest daughter cheering me on. Why do I run now? It continues to bring me tranquility on my solo runs and a sense of community when running or racing with friends. Pacing allows me to give that same joy and confidence back to others. Running also keeps me fit (I ran Boston 2017 at my college weight) and sane. Plus the added bonus to show my daughters that no matter how old you are, you can still make time to exercise and keep fit Gregg LeBlanc #4564

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