Marathon, Half-Marathon Completes Second Year

By: Will Harkins Email
By: Will Harkins Email

Organizers of the 2nd Annual Meridian LEO Run to Remember Marathon are calling it a big success.

More than 300 runners representing a wide age range from all over the world participated.

For many of the participants, this was their first time running a marathon, Margaret Little of Meridian.

Little is 70-years-old and has been training with Divas on the Run to get ready. She says she has run a few half- marathons and decided it was time to move up to the full 26-mile run.

"It was exciting. This was my first marathon," said Little. "I have done a couple of half-marathons and I thought the natural progression would be to do the full marathon. And what a time to do it since it was right here in Meridian at home. So I decided to go for it. I would like to say, there's nothing to it but to do it. You just have to decide this is what I want and go for it."

Despite her age, Little says she feels fine now. She says that the run didn't really take a toll on her and this won't be her last marathon.

"Today, I feel fine. Saturday, after the race, I thought once is enough. But after I had time to talk to my friends and family, and get a bite to eat and after the presentation, I thought 'you know I might do that again.' I'd love to travel to some of the other nearby marathons. I will look for one with not so many hills. Meridian has the hills."

Little was very happy to meet her goal of finishing in under 6 hours. Her time was 5:40.

If you'd like to see complete results of the 2013 race, the results will be posted later at the link below.


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