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Accomplishments from a Featured City of Roswell Resident: Marlee Press – Part 2

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 info@cmecompete.com today to join or visit https://www.cmecompete.com/communities/see-walk-cities/.

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Accomplishments from a Featured City of Roswell Resident: Marlee Press – Part 1

In January of this year, cMEcompete crowned the City of Roswell as the winner of the GMA “See.Walk.Cities.” Challenge for 2013. The Challenge between municipalities to be declared the most active city in Georgia has inspired a lot of activity and pride in hometowns across our state. Among Roswell’s active residents is Marlee Press. Marlee joined the “See.Walk.Cities.” Challenge in November 2013 and has been busy competing ever since! A longtime runner, Marlee began competing in road races in 1991 so when she found a way to keep her competitive spirit going by reading about “See.Walk.Cities.” in a local press release, she told herself to go for it. Marlee has definitely been going for it ever since! She is currently in 2nd place for the 2014 “See.Walk.Cities.” Challenge!

So why does Marlee run? Like many runners, she understands the physical benefits. “I come from parents with heart disease.  I don’t want that to be me.” With heart disease being the #1 killer of women more than all cancers combined, running is definitely keeping her ahead of the curve for physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Beyond the physical benefits, Marlee is reaping the mental health benefits as well. “Running is great for my mental health. I have to admit – I enjoy running mostly by myself except at races.  It is my ‘me’ time.  I just put on my headphones, listen to a book or Neil Diamond or Bon Jovi and I am just happy.”

But, don’t let her laidback running style fool you. There’s a reason why she’s 2nd place in the “See.Walk.Cities.” Challenge. “When I see someone with close points to me, I just have to find another race.  I love those points and I will continue to try to rack them up especially in a sport I love.” Sounds like a challenge! Some of Marlee’s favorite places to run are in Nashville with the Country Music Half Marathon to benefit St. Jude and of course in Roswell at Leita Thompson Park. Balancing out her running workout with other activities, she also enjoys walks with her husband and going for a ride on her Schwinn Airdyne Bike.

Stay tuned as we find out more about Marlee’s fitness success!

 

 

 

 

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