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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?

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."

 

 

 

How long have you been a runner?

As an adult I always stayed in good shape because I loved to waterski and snow ski then started running at around age 40 so it is coming up on 30 years, running pretty much the entire time. I trained and raced 23 marathons over the years and did Pikes Peak Accent 9 years in a row with too many 5K's, 10K's and half's to count.

What gets you out the door to train?

Nice weather is enough to lure me out the door and in bad weather it is having a pending goal race with an established training schedule. If I were to rate my all-time favorite runs, many of the top ten would be ones that were in unfavorable weather conditions.

What motivates you?

I have been able to travel most of my life and I call a few places "home" (Colorado/Alaska/Costa Rica) so being able to get out to run in new surroundings or old familiar places keeps me doing it. Most of my final long runs when training for a marathon are planned to take place in special locations that many times I will coordinate with my travels. Plus Deb has joined with me in the training and is planning to do The Spokane Marathon too.

What are your goals for The 2016 Spokane Marathon?

The last marathon I did was Boston 16 years ago. Since then I have been running casually with a few 5K's to half marathons scattered here and there. I turn 70 on October 1st so I wanted to train for a race that was soon after my birthday. I have been humbled by what age has done to destroy my mile per minute expectations so my goal for The Spokane Marathon is to make the distance and be alright with it not being at 7:30 pace.

Do you have any race day rituals?

In my late forties and early fifties I would have a routine of spotting ponytails ahead of me and push to pass her then look for the next one. A few years ago I noticed at the Anchorage Half Marathon all the ponytails were passing me at a pretty good clip so I started looking for bald-headed guys and managed to pass enough of them to win my age group.

Do you have any advice for new runners?

Start out conservative to avoid injury taking little steps towards being faster and/or going longer distances, depending on your goals. Treat your time running as a gift and not a chore.

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

On my training schedules I always print a heading that says, "You either ran today or you didn't."

Sharon Carroll
July 2016

Sharon Carrol

How long have you been a runner?

I’ve been running for 27 years.  Ever since I trained for my first Bloomsday in 1989.

What gets you out the door to train?

I mostly get out the door to meet and run with my training partners.  I also "run" errands in my neighborhood whenever I can.

What motivates you?

I’m motivated by my goal of maintaining optimal health.  But racing also motivates me.  I’ve learned that I have a passion for competition.  In 2012 I ran The Spokane Marathon and finished with a time of 4:36:14 - I ended up winning my division since I was the only one!  I was also the one and only in my age division at End of the Tunnel Marathon on June 12.  I finished with a time of 4:14:48.  The main reason I ran so well was that I had been training very hard with my training partner, Mary Ann Clute, who has been preparing for a 100 miler since January!  We do long, slow "slogs" for hours at a time on our favorite trails and country roads.  Sometimes we meet up and run with the renowned Gunhild Swanson.

Do you have any race day rituals?

I get up early for my pre-race smoothie - very healthy stuff, but I have to watch out for too much roughage!  I also try to get as much sleep as possible.

Do you have any advice for new runners?

Learn early on in your career that running is one of the best things you can do for your overall health!  Running just gets more exciting as you age - honestly!

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

I don’t have a favorite inspirational quote but I have training partners who inspire me deeply:  Mary Ann Clute, Gunhild Swanson, Sylvia Quinn, and Larry Carroll and his dog, Abby.

What is your greatest running memory?

My greatest running memory is finishing the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler.  My training partner and great friend, Mary Ann Clute, and I ran it step for step together in 2002.  

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