“Running Marathons Across the United States: 26.2 Miles at a Time” will be the program on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education Program. Join Vicki Bentley-Condit, marathon runner, as she shares her passion and process.
Bently-Condit says that it is rather unlikely that anyone will ever tell you running a marathon – all 26.2 miles of it – is easy. It isn’t. However, it is more doable than many think; and many people do so these days. Marathoners come in all ages and sizes – from people in their 20s to people in their 80s and beyond and from the “skinny-minis” that you might expect to those who are classified (officially) as “Athenas” and “Clydesdales”.
The health benefits of running marathons depend on which studies you find more convincing – they may increase your heart health or they may bring on a heart attack. They may lengthen or shorten your lifespan. They may make you stronger or ruin your knees. For some runners like Bentley-Condit, marathons and other endurance running experiences have become an obsession. She will share some of her experiences in pursuing her obsession and the ups and downs of attempting to run a marathon in every state.
This program is free and open to the public. It will be held at 10 a.m. in the Drake Community Library, with refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot. Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC Communications and Development at 641-236-2593 by the Thursday before the program.
If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 641-236-2593. For more information about upcoming speakers, please check GRMC’s website at www.grmc.us.