RUN TURTLE RUN! JOIN JOYE ON HER ANNIVERSARY TRIP BACK TO LOUISIANA.
The Louisiana Marathon Organizing Committee welcomes Joye McElroy and friends back to Louisiana! We are honored to host you again at Rendezvous4 – our fourth annual Louisiana Marathon running festival in Baton Rouge January 16-18, 2015.
More details to come on what Joye and friends have cooking up for their second trip to the Bayou State…
MORE ABOUT JOYE
I’m 56 year old runner that considers running my “5 o’clock martini”. I run 3-4 times a week and a marathon distance every 4 weeks, so I stay marathon ready.
I started running in 1996, at age 40 after I stopped smoking. I gained over 60 LBS in year while I quit smoking, so I started walking around Stone Mountain (approx. 5 miles) to help drop the weight, but that took too long, so I started running. The day I was able to run the circumference was exhilarating and I was hooked.
I ran my first 10K, the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race, also in 1996. I joined the Atlanta Track Club and ran local 5K and 10Ks for next few years.
Then one day I started having foot pain after running. It got so bad that I could barely walk after running and I considered stopping, but I knew running was my salvation.
In 2003, I met Jeff Galloway who quickly isolated my problem, he convinced me if I could run a 10K that I should consider running a half marathon in Greece with him. So I signed up, got the correct size shoes and started training with the Atlanta Half Marathon Group. We arrived in Greece and found that 2004 Olympic Security wanted to use us to practice their processes. It was great except I was the only runner running the half. I need to clarify, there isn’t a Greece half, they let “certain” runners jump in at the half after the elite runners pass and run to the finish. This year the Security officials wouldn’t let me jump in at the half way and run to the finish. They wanted me to start with everyone and they would pick me up at the half and drive me to the finish. Well at the half, I decided (actually I had decided the night before) to just keep going. I finished my first marathon in 7:19 and the furthest I had run was 12 miles. Oh yea, I hurt for the next few days but it was a “good” pain. So I had to go back the next year, this time trained! And that’s how I got started.
I joined the 50 States Club in 2009 and have completed all 50 States and the 50th coming at The Louisiana Marathon.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2015
Marathon & The Half Marathon at The Louisiana Marathon – 7:00 a.m. Start
Finish Festival – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Opening Act: TBD – 9:00 a.m.
- Main Act: TBD – 11:00 a.m.
- Closing Act: TBF – 1:00 a.m.
- Louisiana Festival Showcase Tents
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015
The Advocate 5K – 8:00 a.m. Start
The Advocate Kids Marathon – following the 5K, 9:00 a.m. Start
Family Festival – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
- Local Kids Jazz Bands from Baton Rouge Schools
- Inflatables from 225 Inflatables
- Obstacle Course from Play Dirty of Baton Rouge (no mud)
- Face Painters
- Ice Cream and Kid Treats
The Expo at The Louisiana Marathon with guest speakers and Pasta Dinner with Matt Long as the Keynote speaker
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015
The Expo at The Louisiana Marathon 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
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