Tanya Whitehurst-Allen, 50, who has been with the group for four years, cites the "camraderie, fun and commitment" as reasons she shows up. She says avid runners will find support whether their goal is a 5K, half-marathon or marathon. She's also a group leader for a six-month, half-marathon, run/walk training program Fleet Feet offers, which meets on Saturday mornings. "I believe life is good," she says, "and I like sharing my happiness with others through running." For Dr. Mark Goldstein, 52, the initial goal in joining the group five years ago was to get in better shape. He admits that if he weren't with an organized group, he might not keep up with running. "To date," he says, "I have done one marathon and about nine half-marathons."
If you'd like to join:
Show up a little early for a 6 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday run so group leaders can place you in the best pace group. Fleet Feet Sports Baltimore is at 1809 Reisterstown Road, #149, Pikesville. Call 410-484-6565 or go to fleetfeetbaltimore.com for more info.
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