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From: Stephanie Strothmann
Received: Sept. 24
I want to express my love and pride in the town that I have called home for over 17 years. Since the announcement in 2012 that Columbus would place itself in the position of hosting a large sporting event, the Mill Race Marathon, I have watched with renewed excitement for running as the number of runners, joggers and walkers has increased on city sidewalks, the People Trails and county roads.
I’ve enjoyed watching running (or walking) become less of a solitary sport and more of an activity where groups of people are moving to get fit, have fun and work a common goal. Some of these folks’ goals are to lose weight, get fit or make new friends. Others, I’m sure, will be lining up for their respective course distances this weekend for the big race.
Granted, more likely than not, these athletes may not finish close to the leaders of their race, but the victory to those who start will be to finish something that seemed almost impossible to achieve. I want to applaud the organizers of the Mill Race Marathon this year and say how very proud I am that I will be lining up with the 4,000+ participants Saturday morning. Good luck to all who are out there participating in the Mill Race Marathon. We are lucky to be in a town where the focus has become physical fitness, and I’m pleased to say that Columbus is my town.
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