Who are the runners of the Philadelphia Marathon? Marathons always have an interesting crowd: veteran runners, first-timers, runners in shape who run for fun, marathon maniacs, Boston Qualifier hopefuls, costumed runners, and more. Take a snapshot into some of the runners of this year’s Philadelphia Marathon.
Bill Dolton, a retired Supervisor of Technology in the K-12 arena in his 60s will be running the Philadelphia Marathon 2010. “This caps for me a 15-month journey from non-runner to Philadelphia Marathon — It’s been an amazing experience, but I’m REALLY looking forward to crossing the finish line!”
Abby Perkiss, Ph.D and seasoned Philadelphia runner in her late 20s will be running Philly for the 3rd time. Says Abby, “Even though I know every inch of the course, I get something new out of it each time. I’m coming back in 2010 for the energy of the crowds, the comfort of the hometown turf, and the excitement of seeing my city at its best.”
Denise Terry ran her first marathon in Philadelphia in 2008, and then qualified for Boston at Philly in 2009. Denise is a young 30-something and says, “I’m running because it will always be a special race to me. It was my first marathon and my Boston qualifier. I also love city and think there’s nothing better than running your hometown marathon!”
Alexis Relucio, just a few years out of college, of Northern Jersey will be running her first Philadelphia marathon on the 21st. Alexis says, “In April of 2009, I could barely run one mile. By November of that year, I finished my first half marathon and I am excited to come full circle and take on the challenge of the full marathon one year later. I feel that it isn’t until you train for your first full that you realize how much your mind controls your body and what your physical body can endure. I never thought that I would be able to say that I could run 20 miles but I did it twice! I know that I can make it to mile 20 on my own but what’s really going to push me through the last 6.2 miles is the support of friends, family and the rest of the spectators cheering. It is said that if you can run a marathon, you can do anything in life because it takes discipline, commitment, and focus. I think the fear of the unknown is what can be debilitating but when you have constant reassurance and support on the sidelines – that’s what’s going to make you push through the barriers and cross the finish line. My reward will be a BIG cheese steak from Pat’s!”
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