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The Spokane Marathon is pleased to feature inspirational athletes who have completed, or plan to complete, one of our races (The Spokane Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, or Marathon Relay).  We will feature athletes of all speeds, ages, and chosen distances.  By the way, we think you’re all pretty darn inspirational!  If you would like to be considered or would like to nominate another athlete please apply! 

Would you like to be one of our Featured Athletes?  For consideration please answer the following questions and submit your responses to Marathon@TheSpokaneMarathon.com.

  • How long have you been a runner?
  • What gets you out the door to train? What motivates you?
  • What are your goals for the 2016 Spokane Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/Marathon Relay?
  • Do you have any race day rituals?
  • Do you have any advice for new runners?
  • Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?


If you would like to nominate someone else to be a Featured Athlete please submit their name, their email address or phone number, and let us know why they inspire you.  For consideration please email your nomination to Marathon@TheSpokaneMarathon.com.

 

 

How long have you been a runner?

I've been running off and on since 1994 when I was introduced to it at a summer camp at UC Irvine by one of the counselors.

What motivates you?

What motivates me is knowing that I'm getting older and that I have only a couple of more years before speed starts to decline, so I really want do well and attain some running goals while I still can. I don't want to look at the past and wonder what if.

What are your running goals for 2017?

So far this year I have achieved 3 of my goals. One was to run a sub 1:20 half-marathon. I did that back in March when I ran Snake River Half in 1:19:14. My next goal was to run the Boston Marathon 1 hour faster than when I ran it the first time back in 2007. I again achieved that goal running a 2:49:45 in not ideal weather. My third goal this year was to run Bloomsday in 45 minutes or better although what I really wanted was to run the race at a sub 6 min pace which I finally did this year, with a time of 44:27. My upcoming goals for the year are to run the New York City Marathon in 2:45 or better, and run a Half Marathon at 6 min pace or better. Oh and also repeat as champions with the Spokane to Sandpoint Team this year.

Do you have any advice for new runners?

My advice is to keep at it. You might not see results as fast as you want but if you stay consistent and eat healthy you will. Don't get easily discouraged. Remember that a lot of runners are fast because they have been running for years it's very rare to see someone be good overnight. It took me 18 tries to break 3 hours in the marathon and it took me my 6th time in Bloomsday to run a sub 6 min pace the whole race. Results didn't come overnight but when I did achieve them it truly was special.

 

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" - Steve Prefontaine

 

How long have you been a runner?

A long time. I started running when I was 3rd grade through high school. Then I returned to running in 2008 and am continuing the journey.

What gets you out the door to train?

I look forward to going for a run after work. I love getting sweaty! Running gives me time to think while I enjoy the beautiful scenery or weather. Of course, I do have days where I don’t feel like going for a run, too hot, too cold, too hungry, too tired, etc. I like the sense of accomplishment when I go out for a run no matter how far.

What motivates you?

Having a goal I want to achieve. I feel a sense of accomplishment when working hard towards my goal, one step at the time!

Do you have any race day rituals?

Drink a cup of coffee, eat cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter & honey, and a banana. Don’t forget to use the restroom before race starts. ;)

Do you have any advice for new runners?

Start small and be patient. It is okay to start from running just a few blocks around your house. It takes some time for the body to adapt to running. Be sure to have a goal, whether it’s finishing your first 5k or just get out the door daily to stay healthy. Be proud of the effort you are putting in no matter what you do. Also, there are a lot of running clubs in Spokane where you can meet friends to run with. Running brings great camaraderie!

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

"Every mile is magnificent" – Chicago Marathon

(photo credits go to Jon Jonckers)

How long have you been a runner?

I have been a runner for 18 years, started with 7th grade Cross Country at Centennial Middle School.

What gets you out the door to train?

I love running so getting out the door is easy for me, what makes it easier and more enjoyable is the area that we live in.  We have awesome trails, parks and hills to run, and 4 distinct seasons to look forward to.

 

 

 

What motivates you?

Competing against myself and always striving to PR and do my best is what motivates me. I am also motivated when I know that my kids are watching and cheering for me. I want them to see me do my best and to be proud of me.

What are your goals for The 2016 Spokane Marathon?

My goal for the 2016 Spokane Marathon is to finish in the 2:40s, I have run personal records twice in The Spokane Marathon, its always perfect weather and it helps that it's my favorite course.

 

 

Do you have any race day rituals?

Eat a healthy breakfast that you have tested prior to a long run, I usually eat oatmeal with almond butter and a banana.

Do you have any advice for new runners?

Join a running group! The Spokane area has several running groups, there is always someone your speed to run with and they keep you motivated to stick with it.

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

"Strength doesn't come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't."

 

 

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