Wednesday July 25, 2012 | 12:19 PM

Running doesn't come simply. There's a reason we humans learn to crawl, then walk, then order movies on demand: It's easy.

But despite all the ready excuses to do otherwise, some folks still lace up the running shoes and hit this streets for a sprint, a jog, a walk-that-hopes-to-be-a-run-some-day. Most of those people have to work at it - they have to battle the urge to sleep in, to stay home, to spend the evening cozying up to a bottle of wine and a plate of spicy chicken wings.

It isn't easy. But it's often inspirational.

And you know who wants to hear those inspirational stories? Only THE Joan Benoit Samuelson (marathoner, gold medalist, runner extraordinaire).

Joanie and Hannaford have teamed up to do a film premier of her Nike documentary called, "There is No Finish Line" at Hannaford Hall at USM, Portland on July 31 at 7:30 p.m. She'll be there sharing her stories, but she'd like to hear yours, too. On August 1, 50 lucky story-sharers will get to participate in one of two runs alongside Joanie - THE Joanie.


To be a part of this special run you need to share your personal run story with Joanie via Facebook. Fifty people will be picked to run with Joanie. And three extra-special winners will also win a coaching session with Joanie, $500 donation towards their cause, 10 passes to Joanie's "Friends and Family Film Night."

Maybe you're training for the Beach to Beacon. Maybe you're one of those strange creatures who really, really loves running. Maybe the thought of running alongside Joanie (I mean, THE Joanie) is enough to make you dust off the running shoes after a long hiatus. Whatever the motivation, go share your story: Share it on the Facebook!

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