Sunday, March 21, 2004

A quick chat with ... Julie Isphording

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Former Olympic distance runner Julie Isphording is lending her time and name to promoting the Humana Heart Mini-Marathon.

Isphording, 42, of East Walnut Hills, no longer runs competitively and won't even be working at a water stop.

She has overcome major foot problems - that required surgery - to resume running leisurely.

Q: So what will you do Sunday?

A: I'll be out there cheering the runners on. It makes all the difference to hear a word of encouragement.

Q: What is special about this particular race?

A: It promotes heart health and begins and ends in the heart of the city. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women, so I don't care if you run, walk or dance, it's good for you to be out there.

Q: Would you talk about the course?

A: There's nothing like a hometown race for a runner. You get to run on streets you've only driven on. Columbia Parkway is not as flat as it seems in the car. You will have a new appreciation for Columbia Parkway when you drive to work Monday morning. There is a wonderful stretch at the end when you head down hill and see the city in front of you.

Q: How much do you run now?

A: Seven miles a day. My feet feel good again. I was on crutches for two years.

Q: What does it mean to be able to run again?

A: It's a gift I took for granted until it was taken away from me. Now that I don't have to run 100 miles a week and compete in marathons, I just enjoy it. It's a great way to relieve stress. It's a great community of people.

Q: Is it too late to register?

A: No, not at all. You can do it on the Web site ( . Walkers are the fastest growing segment, so there are no excuses.


The 15-kilometer mini-marathon will begin at 10 a.m. March 28. The 5K heart run is at 9 a.m. The 5K and 10K heart walk is at noon. The 2K children's "mini-marafun" is at 12:30 p.m.

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