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Running With a Purpose

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Liz Norris, battling stage four bone cancer, ran the Rimrock Marathon, her 100th.

What I Learned from Being Injured

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What I Learned from Being Injured by Andy Winnifeld

I have been running now for 30 years! I still remember that cold day in 1985 when I decided to run for the Rootstown Middle School Track Team. I never thought the run would last this long, in fact, I wanted to quit after the first week. A coach told me to stay with it, even though I was the last kid on the track. I am so grateful to that coach. (He is still a facebook friend.) Anyway, I have had many great running moments si...

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Solidarity - The Tale of Two Marys

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Solidarity - The Tale of Two Marys by Liz Norris

Everything changed for me last summer when I received the diagnosis of an unexpected health problem -- two different forms of the same disease. They cannot cure it either. I remember when I was a kid I did not like the attention I got for being sick so being healthy and strong was the way I defined myself. I worked really hard to become healthy and strong. So naturally I did not want my illness to be common knowledge. I wanted p...

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"Good for Randy!" or Why They Call Him Mr. Mellow

Posted by [email protected] on September 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

by Keith Frates


I used to think of a champion as someone like Steve Prefontaine or Alberto Salazar: racers whose competitive spirits were so intense that like Prefontaine they'd try to run the mojo out of everyone else right from the gun no matter how excruciating the effort or, in Salazar's case, literally wreck his own long term health to win a race. That was before I met Kirk Apt 23 years ago. At the time, Kirk had run one 100 mile race, the Leadville 100. Kirk and...

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Disney's Dopey Challenge

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

by Bryan Baroffio

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by Nan Keith

Posted by [email protected] on October 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Kirk Apt and I ran the St. George marathon on Sat. 10/5. I ran 3:21:40 and Kirk
didn't wake up until halfway, running a TWELVE minute negative split to finish in
3:39:09. The weather was perfect and the course was gorgeous and it was hard! I always
forget how hard a road marathon is: so much of it is mental.
The reason I find the road marathon so hard is it's a much steadier effort than a
trail marathon, there are no distractions like tricky footing and continuous change u...

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by Liz Norris

Posted by [email protected] on August 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

We all run. We are all different shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. Many of us

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Runner's High by Andy Winnefeld

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So after a meeting tonight, I thought I would run a lap at Sherwood Park. My hip has been hurting some, but felt good tonight. The first lap was good. The second was even better. I knew this was going to be awesome! I was not sick, tired, or injured. The faster I ran, the better I felt. ...
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Boston Marathon Day by Andy Winnefeld

Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (3)

Boston Marathon Day
No, I did not run the Boston Marathon this year or any year. So, why am I still getting congratulations for this? Local Channel 8 KJCT can take credit for this. Let me explain. While at work on the Tuesday following the marathon tragedy, I received a call at my office for "the Vice P...

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The Noble Last Race and Whose Foot Was That by Liz Norris

Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 As Tom Ela stated, Marty Wacker has been deported to California. There are faster runners in California but Marty stated that he would just have to get faster and knowing Marty he will. Marty has been a great friend and a great presence in the running community. His love of running is not all competitive although he does that well. Marty’s last race here in the va...

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