Fearless Friday: Meet Margaret
I had the pleasure of speaking with Margaret a few weeks back about her running career and how she is a long-time volunteer and race organizer. Margaret is a true leader in the running world and an advocate for women’s fitness. Her commitment to the running world should be recognized and commended!
Here is Margaret’s story …
I’m a long-time volunteer and race organizer in Vancouver. While I had dabbled in the occasional 10K in my 40’s, it wasn’t until I met Kathrine Switzer in May of 2011 that I truly became inspired to take running more seriously. I knew I would see her again at the Goodlife Fitness Marathon in Victoria that October, so I pledged to her that I would run/walk the half marathon, if she would greet me at the finish. We had a deal! I kept my part of the bargain, finishing in 3:30 (not fast!) and there she was at the finish hugging me and it was game on! I finished my second half marathon in 2012 (shaving 30 minutes off my time) as well as completing many more 5K and 8K races.
Foot issues put a bit of a damper on my longer distance running starting in 2013 so I’ve learned to manage my expectations and set a goal of participating in 15 to 20 shorter distances each year. As well, I continue to co-organize three races with my local run club (Lions Gate Road Runners) and volunteer at many more, often managing the social media for the events as well.
I’ve just entered a new age category and I’m so excited about traveling to Niagara Falls this June and running the 5K. A couple of friends are coming with me and we’re so looking forward to running by the Falls, enjoying some local wines and of course, seeing Kathrine Switzer again – she is always so inspirational. I’m proud to be a member of 261 Fearless, her charity that promotes the sport of running for women around the world.
It’s funny – I did not grow up being an athlete – I was a musician throughout school, but here I am at 60 and the running world has become very important to me, both as a participant, volunteer and organizer. How lucky am I.
THANK YOU for sharing with us Margaret!
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