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Archive for Monday, March 29, 2010

Walkers step up to half marathon

Marilyn Hall, left, and Rita Spradlin are in an all-female walking club known as the Jabber-walkers. Both women will participate in the 2010 Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon, presented by Hy-Vee, on April 18.

Marilyn Hall, left, and Rita Spradlin are in an all-female walking club known as the Jabber-walkers. Both women will participate in the 2010 Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon, presented by Hy-Vee, on April 18.

March 29, 2010

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Marathon details

• Participants in the April 18 event have three race options: full marathon, half marathon or 5K run.

• Races begin at Shenk Sports Complex, 23rd and Iowa streets.

• The cost of registration runs from $15 to $75, depending on the race, and all proceeds benefit Health Care Access.

• For more information about the race, visit kansasmarathon.com. For more information about Health Care Access, go to healthcareaccess.org.

For 15 years, Lawrence resident Rita Spradlin has walked around Kansas University’s campus – three times a week – with some of her closest friends in an all-female walking group known as the “Jabberwalkers.”

As the name implies, these ladies probably do as much talking as walking.

“We’ve established quite a camaraderie,” Spradlin said of the group that often goes out for coffee or tea after their 7 a.m. walks.

While the group usually sticks to a three-mile route in the mornings, several of the members, including Spradlin, will be taking their exercise regimen to the next level next month by participating in the 2010 Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon.

Spradlin and fellow Jabberwalker Marilyn Hall, who came up with the idea after walking a half marathon in San Francisco earlier this year, will walk the half marathon at the event.

“We thought maybe this would be a nice challenge,” Spradlin said.

Spradlin, at 80, is the oldest member of the crew, but looks decades younger. Despite her youthful appearance, she’s had her share of health issues, including two heart attacks.

Walking, and talking, with the group keeps her going.

“It makes me feel so good,” Spradlin said. “I start walking and I don’t want to go home.”

Comments

canusayduh 4 years, 9 months ago

Go get 'em ladies! Best of luck to you both!

proudmom 4 years, 9 months ago

You know, that is pretty sad when you have such a great story and someone has to make hurtful comments. You know "OAK" my mom always said if you don't have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut." Maybe you should have been taught the same thing. I give much kudos to these ladies for looking good and staying healthy at their age!!

Lula 4 years, 9 months ago

I have never had an occasion to make a comment on a site such as this until now. I am agast at the tacklessness of some people. What would possess "OAK" to make such a mean-spirited and evil comment? Does it make YOU feel better somehow to hurt others? How very very small of you OAK.

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