Rod MacIntyre is an inspiration.
I met Rod on our first Thursday night Team CBC run of the year. We quickly started up a conversation as we circled the Public Gardens and almost instantly he was inspiring me to be confident in my running abilities. Who knew it was from years of marathon experience?
Rod, an avid CBC Radio listener, joined Team CBC three years ago after hearing about the Live Right Now initiative.
"It sounded like a win/win to me and I have been delighted every year with the support and enthusiasm from the organizers at CBC," says Rod.
This will be his sixth year in a Blue Nose Marathon event as he plans to run the 10 kilometre route.
Rod has run a total of nine marathons and more than 20 half marathons all over North America.
"Running in the 2003 Big Sur Marathon along the coastlines of California was probably the highlight of my running career," he says. "It was a gorgeous April day when I ran it and that will always stay in my mind."
In 2009 Rod suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee and so he now participates in 'just' five and 10 kilometre runs.
"I run for fun and for fitness and have met some wonderful friends over the years through running."
Rod's advice to new runners out there? "Find a group to run with. They will keep you motivated and push you along so you improve over time and get faster." He also says that it's important to run on a regular basis, it will get easier with time and you will really miss it if you don't get out!
Look out for Rod on the trails of Shubie or Point Pleasant parks - two of his favourite running routes in the HRM; and, of course, in his Team CBC jersey at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon on May 19!
Pictured above: Rod MacIntyre with fellow Team CBC teammate, Kim George
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