Category Archives: Houston Marathon Committee

Runner Profile: Amanda Fiser

Amanda Fiser Age: 29 Hometown: Houston, TX “Running has always been a part of my life.  My family would go for runs after dinner. Sometimes on the weekend my dad and I would throw on a pair of running shoes, … Continue reading

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Runner Profile: Len Verhulst

Len Verhulst Age: 51 Hometown: Ripon, WI Half Marathons Completed: 1 Len Verhulst, of the fairly frosty Wisconsin, ran track in high school; so he and running have had a pleasant history. But he really began running seriously again about ten years … Continue reading

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New Year, New Life

Runner Profile: James Coligan Age: 39 Hometown: Houston, TX Running turned James Coligan’s life around and gave him renewed life. On August 23, 2010, Coligan changed his diet and began his new lifestyle. On that date, he weighed 367 pounds. … Continue reading

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Runner Profile: Yen Nguyen

Yen Nguyen Age: 49 “Running is a privilege and one should embrace it while he or she can still run.” On January 26, 1996, Yen Nguyen ran her first marathon–the Houston-Tenneco Marathon. This January 15th will mark her 16 year … Continue reading

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Running to a Better Life

Michael Canle Age: 31 Hometown: Tomball, TX January 2010 was a breakthrough month for Michael Canle. Weighing in at 332 pounds, he knew he needed to make a change. His wife was six months pregnant with their first child. The … Continue reading

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“Inspiration. Determination. PERSPIRATION!”

Samantha Bivenour Age: 25 Hometown: Columbus, OH Occupation: Works for Lululemon Athletica Marathons Completed: 1 January 15th will be a significant day for Samantha Bivenour. She will be both celebrating her 26th birthday and running her second marathon. After completing … Continue reading

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“I Just Want to Run”

Leigh Spruell Age: 62 Hometown: Houston, TX “Running has been a part of my life–through snow, rain, heat, mountains, pregnancy, divorce, depression, anxiety, and the stress of raising three beautiful daughters! I have always found solace on the streets, during … Continue reading

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