Theo Chisholm needed an outlet to cope with stress brought on by the death of her beloved sister, Bettye, 13 years ago. She found it in running. Nine marathons later, the Stamford woman says it's still the best way to clear her head.
"It helped me with the healing,'' says Theo, who will run her third Boston Marathon on April 18. "I had never been serious about running before that. My husband (Sam) says I'm still not serious about it."
Chisholm runs for the same reasons as when she started. She's semi-retired after a long career at IBM, where running helped her handle job-related
Roberta Andreasi runs three times a week, doesn't wear a fancy watch and rarely ventures outside to train. The minimalist marathoner will make her Boston debut when she stands on the starting line at the Boston Marathon on April 18.
"I got this Garmin watch, and I couldn't understand it, so I got rid of it on eBay,'' says Roberta, who lives in Norwalk and works in Stamford. "I don't even tie my hair back when I run. All you see is this big, floppy hair coming at you."
Boston will be the third marathon for Roberta, who also ran the Disney Marathon in 2008 (5:02.30)
Helman Roman, a relative newcomer to the handbike, wasn't expecting such a grind during Sunday's Boston Buildup 25-kilometer race in Norwalk. "Boy, that was tough,'' said Roman, a 42-year-old resident of Manchester. "It's a good race course, and the beginning is really flat. After that, it seems like it's all uphill. It's a good course to prepare for the Boston Marathon."
Roman was injured while serving with the U.S. Army. Both of his legs were shattered in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2009, when a bomb exploded underneath the armored car he was commanding. He spent a lengthy recuperation
Eneas Freyre and Amanda West took very different roads to arrive at the same place Sunday morning. Both runners were first across the finish line in their respective divisions at the Boston Buildup 25-kilometer run, which started and finished near Silvermine Elementary School in Norwalk.
Freyre, from Norwalk, and West, from New York, ran off with commanding victories in the hilly 15.5 mile race that ventured into New Canaan, Wilton and Vista, N.Y., before returning to Norwalk's Silvermine area. Freyre, 34, won in 1:31:34. West conquered the women's field in 1:44:40.
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