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THE STORY OF DR. LOWELL GREIB AND DR. KATHERINE AHOKAS, A COUPLE I WHO MET, MARRIED AND SAW THE WORLD IN THEIR SHOES

met Katherine on a number of occasions as she was studying medicine at the same institution where I was an educator.1 Katherine approached me for some tips on how to fuel in an upcoming race: the 2010 Toronto Half Marathon. This was a key race in her running career as it was one that would give her a qualifying time for the NYC Marathon. In the fall of 2011, I was off to NYC as a medical observer. A couple weeks before the race, I was contacted by Katherine, reminding me that she would be in the city. I was pretty excited. My hotel was positioned only minutes from Times Square and the equivalent distance from Central Park—where the race ends. Due to my medical credentials, a finish line welcome was possible but, alas, her goal time passed and no Katherine. I was going to be the

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one who gave her the promised finishing hug. I wandered back to my hotel and after an hour or so, Kat was seen slowly making her way down the street, freezing cold and disappointed.2 Talking about the race was a great opportunity for her and I to have some time together and chat about something that we were building a common love for—running and travel. Post-race festivities led us to Broadway where we enjoyed each other and The Lion King— fitting as we seemed to be living hakuna matata in each other’s presence.3 Shortly after, I received a call from my sister with the idea of meeting for the L.A. Marathon in March of 2012 so that she could crank out a sub-3 marathon. Break up the winter weather in rural Ontario, run my first marathon, and see some of the landmark sights of L.A.? Done

iRun because others can’t. Running is a treasured gift. — K. Lomas, Goderich

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, PHOTOGRAPHS BY JANI AND CHRIS URQUHART AT PICTUREWEST PHOTOGRAPHY IN

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 KISSES

iRun issue 02 2017  

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