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    Contestant #2: Cathy Bouwers

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    Like many runners, Cathy Bouwers is very goal-oriented – and like so many before her, eventually her goal-setting took all the fun out of running. She got so burnt out that she stopped running entirely.  Now, this 36-year-old Communications Associate and mother of two has decided it is time to rediscover the fun in running.  Bouwers proposes to experiment with new and novel experiences that will prevent her from taking running too seriously, and share this journey on her blog.

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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!