WINNIPEG — Strangers at the time, 54-year-old Patricia Leung and 64-year-old Allan Finkel share an experience that’s connecting them, nearly 40 years after their first marathon.
Patricia said she only remembers having a good time chatting with her friends throughout the race. It wasn’t until they stopped that she felt the pain of her blistered feet.
“I was in shoes that were borrowed from my friend and they were a size too big so I had blisters galore.”
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Allan had been training for several months ahead of his first marathon, but said nothing could have prepared him for the heat.
After crossing the finish line though, he said the accomplishment couldn’t have tasted sweeter.
“Afterwards, I know there’s a photograph floating around of me eating this Popsicle. It was the best Popsicle I’ve ever had in my life.”
Both Patricia and Allan have continued to run over the years, and they join more than a hundred ’79ers’ registered for the 40th anniversary on Father’s Day.
Manitoba Marathon Executive Director Rachel Munday said the call out to the ’79ers’ was a way to celebrate them and their stories.
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