The countdown is on to the 21st running of the Emera Marathon by the Sea as already, high enthusiasm levels have been sparked by the at times improving temperatures and the 2015 running season, now in full swing across the province and the region.
As was the case in 2014, we are featuring a number of stories from runners of all levels and abilities who will be competing in the various divisions during the weekend of Aug. 7-9.
Last year, we highlighted runners from all walks of life and all levels of ability.
They lost weight, gained speed and inspired their family and friends but most importantly, themselves, as they conquered various goals.
This year, we are aiming for even more stories of inspiration and perspiration.
We will learn of one woman who used the 2014 Marathon by the Sea as a goal and since January, 2014, has lost more than 100 pounds in an emotional journey of fitness and accomplishment. She is back for more in 2015.
And we will read of a man who was initially inspired to run as a child by Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Now, many years later, he’s taken up the sport again and during his races, salutes the memory of his mother, father and Terry Fox with a commemorative coin he carries.
And we will read how one woman got into running at age 40 and now has 30 half marathons on her resume, including nine at Marathon by the Sea.
“I believe age is no limit,” she says. “I want to be one of those 85 year old’s who is still running around their block every day!”
And there are many more.