Allie Young

Member Spotlight: Allie Young


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“My running days probably started around 1979.

We were living in Chula Vista and my husband, Bob, started running a mile every morning for PT. I joined him. I was very proud of my mile. Until we were stationed at Fort Clayton, Panama, in 1982.

The ladies were running from 3-10 miles. A few ladies were training for a marathon. And I upped my mileage.

I had to buy men’s shoes and shorts.

This was before online shopping and running gear for women was limited.

In Panama, I ran fun runs, a 24 hour marathon, the Transisthmian Relay Race and other running adventures.

In 1990, while living in Northern Virginia, I trained for my first marathon – the Marine Corp Marathon. I did a few Cherry Blossom runs and Army ten-milers.

The highlight of my running was in April, 1996. I had won a lottery slot in the 100th running of the Boston Marathon.

That was quite an adventure. My last marathon was in 2002. For a while, I just did running around the neighborhood.

Then Bob was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. He told me to keep running, keep exercising. I basically put my life on hold.

He died in June 2007.

Not only did I stop running, I stopped almost everything.

I gained 40 pounds and did nothing, absolutely nothing. It was three years before I woke up.

In June, 2010, I signed up for the Hershey Half marathon. And I started running again. Actually, it was more of a waddle.

In October, I did the Hershey half and I finished. And I haven’t stopped running since.

I have tried to do at least two half marathons a year. I started doing local races. And I found the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club.

Through the club, I have met some wonderful people.

I have made good friends through the Women’s Distance Festival training runs. The WDF coaches at the time, Syble, Cassi and Martha, have been wonderful. They made running in the heat a lot more fun.

2020 – not much fun.

I am hoping for a lot more races in 2021.

By the way, while looking back through my running archives:

My fastest 5k is 27:43. My fastest mile is 7:49.

And I was one of the slowest, even way back when. Oh, to be that slow again!”

Allie Young
Allie Young