Obsessive Runner Contestant #1: Andrew Chak

Contestant #1: Andrew Chak

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Andrew Chak started running when his wife signed them both up for the 2011 Sporting Life 10K as a way to get her husband in shape – had she known what she was in for she might have gotten him tennis lessons instead.  Chak says his wife has declared that he has Obsessive Running Disorder.  The 41-year-old from Toronto, ON, obsesses over every detail from finding the right shoes, to the exact right race shirt to picking the right races to run. Time will tell if blogging will be therapeutic, as he imagines, or just give him more to obsess about!

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A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!

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