Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Texas Marathon Mile 20 Sponsor

Debbie Van Winkle

What is your hometown? Little River, TX

Where do you live now? Garland, TX

What is the furthest distance you've ever run or walked? 14 miles

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday morning? Running with the group, then coming home and resting and snuggling with the dogs.

What is your favorite workout song, or song that gets you up and moving? I don't listen to music when I run, and I really don't do other workouts.

What is the first thing you think of when you think of Texas? Heat

What is the bravest thing you've ever done? Working with my husband to maintain our marriage for almost 30 years.

What is your favorite candy? Fudge, with salt water taffy a very close second

What is the biggest goal you're currently working toward? Seeing both of our kids graduate college.

Where is your next vacation destination? Not sure yet, but we're thinking the Poconos

What movie inspires you the most? Independence Day. Everyone, no matter their economic class, color, etc. puts all differences aside for the greater good and they completely focus on the same goal. Once they do that, no enemy is too great.

In which state would you like to see Anna run her next marathon (after Texas)? Somewhere that is not as hot as Texas. Anna needs a cool (in more ways than one) marathon.

Why did you choose to sponsor Mile 20? While I realize a marathon is 26 miles, for me- a half-marathoner, 20 just sounds like "all that" when it comes to mileage. Get to 20, and the rest will come.

Why did you want to become a marathon mile sponsor to support the Susan Mortensen Turley Foundation? I believe in the cause 100%. No one should be denied medical care because they can not afford it. While I think that some type of health care reform is needed, I also think that we, as individuals, must step up to the plate and help each other. This foundation is a perfect opportunity for us to do just that.

Note from Anna: Debbie is one of the most unselfish and supportive people I know. Deb was a fellow Swedish Fish (kickball) player with me this summer and was off to a great start before suffering a fluke injury in our very first game. :( After taking just a little well-deserved time to mourn her loss of kickball and running abilities, Deb reshifted her focus and became the #1 Swedish Fish and DRC cheerleader instead. Deb came to nearly every game for the rest of the summer to cheer on our (persistently win-less) team. She is awesome! Now that her injury has finally been repaired recently, I'm hoping to see her back on the running trails soon! We all miss running with her!

Thank you Deb!

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