Chatting to Edendale race participant

2017-11-01 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedRomano Boucher looks forward to the Greater Edendale Race next month.

PHOTO: SuppliedRomano Boucher looks forward to the Greater Edendale Race next month.

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THE Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) will host one of its most significant CSI initiatives, the 11th Greater Edendale Race, next month.

Romano Boucher has run this community event twice, and loves it. He lives in Scottsville with his wife and daughter and works in advertising sales. He first ran it in 2012 and again in 2015.

Boucher will be back again on November 12 for his third finisher’s medal, something he is looking forward to.

Boucher tells us the race is no ordinary community running affair.

“This race brings the community together and attracts people from all walks of life to be part of an exciting event that puts Edendale on the map.”

CMA media officer, Delaine Cools chatted to him about the growing event and what it means to participate in it.

Q. Why did you decide to enter your first Greater Edendale Race in 2012?

A. I work for the company that sponsored part of the advertising for the race, and I love road running. My late grandfather inspired me to take up road running. Unfortunately, he died a few years ago so I will run in his legacy and remember the great man and runner he was.

Q. How does running make life better?

A. Over recent years, I have found that running helps me to de-stress and lose weight. Running even helped me look and feel better for my wedding. Running regularly and entering local races enriches my life as I want to be part of something new and life-enhancing. I also found that many family members and friends have taken up running and I love being part of the running community.

Q. This year will be your third running of this community event. What is special about it?

A. Edendale is something very special to me. The history, the landscape and the stories I have been told by my father and uncles about the place has drawn me back again. There is something there that is very welcoming. Running between the townships and communities is humbling. It highlights how the social policies of the past impacted on communities and people’s lives. It’s also an exciting place for me to be in. I still have some family there.

Q. What has the race done for road running?

A. It has created an annual event in Pietermaritzburg and participants look forward to it. The prize money has helped develop past winners and has benefited the community. It has inspired young people to take up road running and keep fit and healthy.

Q. How does the race add value to the Midlands?

A. Generally speaking, it adds value to the city and the road-running fraternity in the Midlands because many running clubs take part with old and new runners. I believe this helps promote road running in our part of the world, and paves the way for more athletes to develop into better runners, and further grow the sport.

Q. Has this race inspired you to dream more in terms of tackling longer distance races or aim higher?

A. Absolutely. My ultimate goal is to complete a Comrades qualifier and move onto my first Comrades Marathon. I would also love to sign up for my first trail running experience. I must admit though that the Greater Edendale Race opened up the world of running to me. What a blessing.

Q. Last words ...

A. Get out there, meet new people, inspire local talent and give of your best. Enjoy your life to the fullest and never give up.


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