Marek Szymanek

Marek Szymanek

Member since:

2002

Years served on the DCS committee:

2002 – 2020 (last few years in an advisory role)

A few about my self:

Once a Strider, Always a Strider.  What a privilege to be a Strider and what a great club we have.  Let us treasure and preserve it and its spirit, where all are welcome, no matter their running ability, nationality, gender, social status, or religion.

Being part of the Striders family allowed me to make lifetime friends. In addition, starting to run in 2002 has had a profound impact on my life and changed it in countless ways and far beyond the sports aspect of it.

Races
JADCS Half Marathon
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Two Oceans Marathon
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Boston Marathon
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Medoc Marathon
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Dubai Marathon
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Vienna Marathon
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New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, San Francisco, Bahrain, Muscat, countless Half Marathons
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There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.”

Kristin Armstrong
Kristin ArmstrongBicycler

Every time I run it's with the mindset that if I die at this race, it's OK."

Yuki Kawauchi
Yuki KawauchiJapanese runner

I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.”

Dean Karnazes
Dean KarnazesAmerican Ultramarathon runner and Author of Ultramarathon Man

Never underestimate the power that one good workout can have on your mind. Keeping the dream alive is half the battle.”

Kara Goucher
Kara GoucherAmerican Runner

The world is actually full of challenges and we need to challenge ourselves. I took a challenge to run that fast. It consumes a lot of energy especially mentally. But I took myself and accepted to be challenged and I challenged the time.”

Eliud Kipchoge
Eliud KipchogeKenyan long-distance runner
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