I have thought of myself as a runner for many years. I do long runs, hill workouts and sprints to improve my time, and I am religious in my running schedule though I’m not a competitive runner. Running helps control my weight, makes me feel strong and, most important, boosts my confidence.
I am training for my first marathon in March, which I set as a goal to reach before turning 60 in two years. Imagine my surprise when I read that, according to Brian Danza, president of D.C. Road Runners [“City of the long run,” Style, Oct. 25], my goal “isn’t worth the effort” since I just want to finish the race within the 5.5-hour time limit. I run for my health and am disheartened that a group of runners, with Mr. Danza as its leader, would disparage would-be marathoners and discount their valid reasons for running a race.
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