Monday, March 1, 2010

Martha's Run

This month's Mt. Lebanon magazine includes an entry form for the fourteenth annual Martha's Run, a 10K race benefitting the Martha Fund, which commemorates Lebo native Martha Dixon Martinez, an FBI agent killed in the line of duty in Washington, D.C.

I ran this race in the spring of 2008 and with several marathons under my belt and two decades spent running the hills of San Francisco, didn't even bother to train.  Wrong!  I quickly learned that they don't call it MOUNT Lebanon for nothing, since the course was filled with hills that challenged me to the max.  I finished the race but vowed to train next time around.  I missed last year's race as I was out of town but will be signing up this year and pounding the pavement in the weeks ahead in anticipation of the event.

Mercifully, race organizers also offer a 2-Mile Fun Run and a 1-Mile Walk.  Equally enjoyable are the Children's Races, which are arranged according to age (0-10 years can participate) and a blast for kids (the pic of our then-six-year-old sprinting for the finish line is a personal favorite).

For those of us with cabin fever (or not), Martha's Run couldn't come at a better time as it serves to kick off the Spring running season.  The Pittsburgh Marathon waits in the wings and while long-distance racing is no longer on my dance card, I hear it's a great race for the willing.

Proceeds from Martha's Run registrations will once again serve to fund/improve playgrounds across Allegheny County.  Children were near and dear to Martha Dixon Martinez and running in her name is the least we can do for one who paid the ultimate price.

1 comment:

  1. I swore I would never run this race again but darn it! I started thinking today, "Well...maybe..."

    Ugh!

    ~Tina Saucier

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