August 1, 2013

Beach to Beacon: This is why I run

The following are stories from a few of the people who might blend in with thousands of other runners, but have their own special tales to tell.

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George Mageles of San Jose, Calif., and Pine Point Beach

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Christina Kouros of Cape Elizabeth

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I run to remember and to forget. To think. To observe. To challenge myself. To entertain. I'm stronger because of it. It is the single most beneficial thing I've done during a time of great upheaval.

And now this Clydesdale is going to take part in Maine's premier sports event.


Merritt Island, Fla.

I feel truly fortunate to be running this race for my third time (I like to do things in threes), as it is so popular now, that to gain admission is challenging. This is a GOOD thing, for running to be so very popular, and a huge thanks goes to Joan Benoit Samuelson.

I started running at age 32 back in 1976 with men's Nikes, as that was the only shoe available where I lived in Florida. I read so much about Joan Benoit in Runner's World in those days and was actually at the Los Angeles Olympics, the first year for women's marathons.

I was totally cheering for Joan and was so excited and proud, full of tears of joy when she finished with the gold. Such pride for her and womanhood. She has done more for women being involved with running than anyone. I so admire her gracious and positive self, even with her many injuries.

Never quitting, always supportive of other women, she is the reason I still run and will continue to do so, even though slower than 37 years ago. For me, this is an honors run for her and a tribute to women runners everywhere.


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Suzanne Mills of Scarborough

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Daniel King of Kennebunk

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Tonyia L. Gibbons of Merritt Island, Fla.

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