Meet the MORE Half-Marathon Loyalists

Eight women have run or walked each of More’s 10 Central Park races. Three of them explain why they keep coming

by Nancy Stedman
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This photo, from Dixie Douville's fifth MORE race, hangs in her home office. She's run every race from the beginning.

MORE: What’s your goal when you race?
LP: I’m in it to finish. How many people in America can walk 13.1 miles?

Because I’m not walking at a really fast pace, I can talk to other people.

MORE: What was your favorite More race?
LP: The year my friend and I along with our two daughters dressed in Steeler football jerseys cause they won the Superbowl.

MORE: Least favorite?
LP: It was the time it got up to 90 degrees. Also the year it poured. Water came into my shoes.

MORE: Are you going to keep entering the races?
LP: I will continue to do this for as long as I can.

The Half-Marathon Runner

With her sister-in-law in tow, Karen Loveys has laughed her way through all 10 half-marathons

Karen Loveys (right, in blue, with sister-in-law Alice Beisse at the 2013 finish line wearing all 10 medals)
Age: 52
Occupation: Administrative assistant for a church
Where Live: Randolph, New Jersey

MORE: Tell us about your first time.
Karen Loveys: Ten years ago, a friend named Dixie [Douville; read her story here NEED LINK] gathered a group of women to commit to the challenge of running in the first women's half-marathon in New York City. I loved the idea, especially because it was supposed to be for women over 40. My sister-in-law Alice Beisser, better known to all who love her as Lollie, joined me, as she has for all the races.

For that first race, there was nothing for any of us to worry about. Dixie took care of getting our bid numbers, picking up our goodie bags, providing transportation to and from the event. She even supplied a bagged lunch for the return home. All we had to do was show up and run.

MORE: What’s your training routine?
KL: I do not have a runner's discipline. I will find any excuse I can to not go out for a run. Oh, it's snowing, what a shame. Phone's ringing, better grab that. This winter in particular, it was a real challenge to get outside and run. When I run outside I commit to my 5-mile run each and every time I go out. I do not stop and I do not turn around to head home. I always feel great when I arrive back home. As much as it may sound like I do not enjoy running, that is not true. I get great satisfaction from running. Training for this half-marathon, I made sure to run a 9-mile loop at least three separate times. I am never really ready for the actual race, but getting in a few 9-mile runs does help my psyche.

MORE: What is it like to run the half-marathon?
KL: The first loop is basically not that difficult. My body is very happy running seven miles. It's during the next six that my mind and body want to revolt and I think of throwing in the towel. Running Central Park is not a cake run. There are several challenging hills. Each and every year I forget how challenging they are on the second loop. I always say to myself, "I don't remember it being this steep. Where did this hill erupt from? It wasn't here before?" I'll never forget during year one, running up the hill very slowly and pathetically, when all of a sudden a women who looked to be in her 70's ran effortlessly past us on the hill. I thought to myself, "What the …?" After that, I realized if she can do it at her age I could too, so I sucked it up and kept running!

MORE: Are you a quick runner?
KL: I met my husband, the only man I have ever loved, in the 3rd grade, when he picked me to be on his kickball team—over Andy Wetmore, might I add. "Hey, she's fast!" he said after Andy and all the other boys protested. Maybe I was way back when, but I am certainly the furthest thing from fast now. I run, more like I jog, not for any time, but just to finish.

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