Local runner hopes to inspire African American women to get moving: Louisiana Marathon

Local runner hopes to inspire African American women to get moving: Louisiana Marathon
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POSTED: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 5:34pm

Many people's New Year’s resolutions are to get in shape and get to the gym. One local woman has been at the gym every day for months, training for her first marathon ever. But she's running for more than just herself this time.

First things first, lace them up, turn up the jams and hit the pavement.

“I usually hop in the treadmill and walk for a half a mile then I jog for 3-5 miles and walk after that.”

That’s what Lori Martin has been doing every day for the past four years.

“I picked up running after I had my youngest son and I wanted to shed a few pounds, so I started running.'

But now she's running for more than just weight loss, there is a deeper meaning.

“I decided to register for this particular marathon for a personal challenge but also to raise awareness about an important issue,” noted Martin.

“It's an issue that's not only prevalent across the nation, but especially here in Louisiana.

“Recent data from the CDC shows that African American women are more likely to be overweight or obese and any other group in fact four out of five African American women are obese."

She hopes her participation in this event will inspire others to get moving and do what they can day by day.

“We have a lot of work to do but three are things we can do as individuals to improve our health outcomes.”

So, now every time Lori Martin laces up her shoes and gets on the treadmill, she's one day closer to completing a marathon, as well as showing others it’s important to do the same; to get up and get moving.

“So, I think just by seeing us at the starting line will inspire other people to participate as well."

Martin is part of "Black Girls Run Baton Rouge" a group she'll be running with this Saturday.

The Louisiana Marathon is this weekend.

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