Day: May 17, 2014

Ready to run in Keizer

By DEE MOORE For the Keizertimes Running is Rebekah Maddox’s life, so much so that she will be running her first marathon this weekend at the inaugural Iris Festival event on Sunday. The 18-year-old McNary High School senior is on the school’s track team and was on the cross country team this past fall. But all of these elements of Maddox’s life are relatively new. She began running a little more than a year ago. “It started when I wanted to lose weight,” Maddox said. According to Maddox, her dad, Michael, bought her a gym membership and then challenged her to run more than he did. He runs two to three times a week at the gym, but isn’t a running enthusiast. At first, the going was difficult for her, but she didn’t let that get her down. She kept one goal in mind; “I just thought, I got to beat my dad,” Maddox said. One year later, she is headed to the district meet to compete in the 1500M and 3000M runs, is 75 pounds lighter and is about to run her first marathon. “It took me awhile to actually start to like running.” Now she is a distance runner who loves the sport. “I am really passionate about running,” Maddox said. I am not running to maintain my healthy weight; I am running because I love it....

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