When 15,000 runners and walkers gather downtown next month, scores of gay and lesbian athletes will be among them for the start of the Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. Their reasons for taking part are varied, from enjoying the picturesque route the race takes through Atlanta neighborhoods to using it as a training step for an upcoming triathlon or feeding their competitive nature.
“I went from not running really ever to running a bunch of marathons,” Mary Romestant (photo) says. “Once you’ve gotten past a certain distance in your training, there is just no turning back. Running is very generous.”
I talked with four gay athletes taking part in the ING for my Southern Voice sports column this week. Read the full story. In the coming weeks, check back here for updates on the progress of those runners – Romestant, Michelle Martin, Mike Spencer and Andy Wilson – and others as they prepare for the March 30 race.