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Marathon runner got her start to overcome asthma

Marlene Henry poses with some of her marathon medals. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Marlene Henry completed her 100th marathon Saturday, May 10 in Fargo, N.D.

Henry, 61, started running in 1990 because she has asthma.

“My doctor said it could help with my lung capacity,” she said.

She got into running slowly at first then kept going.

“It’s addictive. I just kept wanting to run for longer and longer,” Henry said.

The Nagel Lake seasonal resident has participated in 100 marathons and ultra-marathons in several states. She lives in Seal Beach, Calif., and has run in many marathons in California. Other marathons were in Portland, Wash., Canada and more locally Walker.

She chose to run her 100th marathon in Fargo, N.D. because she heard it was a good race.

“I was not imagining that many people,” Henry said. “It was probably the best marathon I’ve been in.”

She was impressed by how many people lined up along the course to support the runners.

Henry doesn’t try to beat her marathon times each race but likes to run slow and steady.

“I’m not a fast runner. I like to be out there and run for a long time,” she said.

When she’s not running a race she regularly runs three days a week for 10 miles and does spinning two days a week.

She believes anyone can run if they want to.

“Your mind controls your body,” Henry said. “If you like it you can do it.”

Her next goal? To run 200 marathons.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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