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ALEKSANDRA SPALVINS, 47
Travel Consultant, Danforth Flight Centre
Runs because: It strips me down emotionally in a way that’s refreshing.
Can’t run without: My silver jewellery, an integral part of me.
Posts running results on: iRun.ca, where I blogged about my marathon training experience.
2011 Ottawa marathon time: 4:13.
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KATHLEEN POOLE, 33
Lawyer, Walker Poole Nixon
Runs because: It’s the best way to enjoy the outdoors.
Posts running results on: Runkeeper.com. During the marathon, 10 of my family members rode around the race in a limo to cheer me on and logged on to find my location en route.
2011 GoodLife marathon time: 4:05.
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ELISE GOODHOOFD, 26
Runs because: It’s a great way to stay in shape.
Can’t run without: DJ Tilt dance music.
2011 GoodLife half-marathon time: 1:47.
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MIKE SHEEHY, 45
Real Estate Agent, ReMax
Runs because: A friend of mine who was training for the half told me I probably couldn’t do it. I proved him wrong.
Can’t run without: My running buddies.
2011 GoodLife half-marathon time: 1:49.
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JENNIFER NOLAN, 34
Account Manager, Manulife Financial
Runs because: It helps me de-stress after a long day.
Can’t run without: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Taio Cruz.
2011 Toronto women’s half-marathon time: 2:50.
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JOSE SIFUENTES, 44
Financial Consultant, Investors Group
Runs because: I quit smoking six months ago and hope to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Can’t run without: My Garmin Forerunner GPS watch.
Posts running results on: Runkeeper.com. I also used to cross-post my progress on Facebook.
2011 GoodLife marathon time: 4:42.
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JEREMY ADAMS, 39
Director of Government Relations, National Smokeless Tobacco Company
Runs because: It helps me stay in shape.
Can’t run without: My Run Coach app on my iPod Touch. I also use mapmyrun.com to find interesting routes in the city.
2011 Mississauga half-marathon time: 2:04.
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JACLYN CRAWFORD, 28
Runs because: At first it was to help me cope with the grief after my father died. Now I run because nothing beats the feeling of crossing the finish line.
Can’t run without: My Commerce Court Running Room group.
2011 GoodLife marathon time: 5:03.
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SARAH DESBARRES, 26
Child and Youth Worker, TDSB
Runs because: It gives me a chance to enjoy parts of the city I wouldn’t otherwise see.
Can’t run without: The Endomondo app on my iPhone to track my training.
2011 GoodLife half-marathon time: 2:25.
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AMY FITZGERALD, 42
Runs because: I wanted to lose weight, so I took up race walking and dropped 80 pounds in two years. Then I decided to kick things up a notch and run.
Can’t run without: My moisture-wicking compression socks.
2011 Toronto women’s half-marathon time: 2:04.
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VIKKI WILSON, 24
Runs because: It’s a great way to get in shape for swimsuit season.
Can’t run without: Cheesy dance music like the Mamma Mia! soundtrack.
Posts running results on: YouTube and Facebook. My housemate and I kept a video diary of our training and posted an entry on each practice run.
2011 GoodLife half-marathon time: 2:02.<
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MARCO DEMARINIS, 23
Marketing, Red Tag Vacations
Runs because: My ex-girlfriend was running the half-marathon and coerced me into doing the race with her.
Can’t run without: My iPod.
2010 Scotiabank half-marathon time: 2:43.
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