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Forever Young – Elaine Koga Kennelly

Forever Young – Elaine Koga Kennelly

Forever Young – Elaine Koga Kennelly


Running marathons can change your life and keep you young! That is what one local woman, Elaine Koga-Kennelly has discovered and since then she has never looked back. Elaine Koga-Kennelly is the new Executive Race Director of the upcoming Fifth Annual Windermere Marathon and Half Marathon. Elaine is a native of San Francisco, where she served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Marathon, and now resides in Newman Lake. She has finished 101 marathons across the U.S.A. including Boston and Internationally (London, Paris, Great Wall of China, Victoria, BC) and also five Ultra-Marathons. She is also a member of the 100 Marathon Club North America, the Marathon Maniacs, as well as member of the Bloomsday Road Runners Club in Spokane.

The Windermere Marathon is a Fund Raiser for Windermere Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides support for programs that assist low-income and homeless families with a focus on children-in-need in the local Spokane Community. Last year the Windermere Foundation funded several programs for women in Spokane: Project Beauty Share, Wardrobes for Women, Interfaith Hospitality of Spokane, YMCA, Mobius Kids and The Union Gospel Mission.

And it is easy to see why the Windemere Marathon is quickly gaining a reputation among marathon enthusiasts due to its beautiful flat course that runs right along the scenic Centennial trail from Liberty Lake to Downtown Spokane. First time runners find a good introduction to racing, while experienced runners have been able to increase their race speed. For the first time this year the Full Marathon start in Liberty Lake is a Boston Qualifier. The start of the half marathon is at Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley and it also runs along the Centennial Trail and will share the same finish area used by the marathon

We asked Elaine about new features we will see at the race this year. These include an attractive long-sleeve micro-smooth race shirt and Marines will be on had to present a “blinged out” shining and spinning medal. Next a lovely long-stemmed lilac rose will be presented to each finisher by members of Spokane’s Lilac festival Court. Along with that a free victory stand photo will be made of each finisher! Keepsake acrylic awards will be given to the top three males and females in each of the 5-year age groups. Also, this year’s post race party has been expanded and will be held in the Spokane Convention Center with hot food a beer garden and music festival.

Elaine has compiled a list of tips for women runners:

Here are my 5 simple tips for the beginning women runners:

(1) Limit daily training time to no more that 30 minutes, total. Basically, stretch for 5 minutes, then walk/run for 10 minutes and return back the same route for 10 minutes and stretch for 5 minutes. Strictly adhering to a total 30 minutes daily training time makes it easier to establish a doable routine without the excuse of "I don't have enough time".

(2) Adopt a Run/Walk Training Program that works for you. As example: 1 minute walk, 30 seconds run ... 2 minutes walk, 1 minute run ... 3 minutes walk, 1 minute run Over time, you will build up stamina and increase the intervals that fits your comfort and intensity level.

(3) Join a running group or club. It is important to make the process of running as much fun as possible. Running with others makes a difference and the experience more enjoyable.

(4) Purchase a good pair of running shoes that are "properly fitted" by a professional at a shoe store that specializes in running shoes. Your running shoes are the one "important piece of equipment" for the sport of running.

(5) Carry a small water bottle while running. Staying hydrated is essential when you exercise!

Run On!

To find out more information about the Marathon and register visit their website at: http://www.windermeremarathon.com and find out why Windemere Marathon is the best kept secret in the Northwest.

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