Last week, we introduced you to Marlee Press, member of the City of Roswell Team in See.Walk.Cities. Marlee is an active member of her team and since our last post, she has moved to the top of the leaderboard! Her dedication and competitive spirit is definitely inspirational to us! But, we had to know who or what inspired her. According to Marlee, a quote by the infamous runner Steve Prefontaine has stuck with her: “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” We agree. Whether or not you’re an Olympic runner or just want to maintain your health, running is a great way to feel accomplished and better about yourself.
While Marlee prefers to run alone and focus on her own self-improvement, she does admit to having a couple of running idols she’d love to run with. “I would love to run with Adam Richman from Man v. Food on the Travel channel. I read that he is a runner and runs because of all that food he eats and running helps him stay in shape. I would love to find out how he does it even with running and doesn’t blow up from all that eating. If I ate what he did, I would weigh over 200 pounds. So I would just love to chat with him while running. I do read a lot of articles about runners and Deena Kastor sounds like a great person to run with. She holds numerous American running records and she is just so committed and she is a mom. I would never be able to keep up with her but I would love to try and have her give me some tips.” It seems like Marlee could give us some tips to stay active and competitive! But she definitely has some pointers for other Georgia cities.
Her biggest belief is that many others love the same sense of accomplishment and challenging themselves and she doesn’t understand why more Georgia cities are not involved in the “See.Walk.Cities. Most Active City Challenge.” According to Marlee, there could be some benefit in more marketing of the challenge throughout the state and having the cities’ mayors challenge each other. Well, Game On, Marlee! “Making people healthy is so important and this is such a great way to do it. Who doesn’t want their city to have healthy, happy people. It just seems like such a logical easy concept,” encourages Marlee. It really is easy to join the challenge. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org today to join or visit https://www.cmecompete.com/communities/see-walk-cities/.