Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fort Caroline Teacher Sees Marathons on Vacation List

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fort Caroline Teacher Sees Marathons on Vacation List

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Byline: Mark Boleky

Most people plan their trips around a site they want to see, or a family event. Rosanne Morando checks to see if there's a marathon.

The Arlington resident flat-out loves running marathons, and goes to many different places to compete. She recently completed the Little Rock Marathon in 5 hours and 23 minutes, which earned her a finisher's medal. She's even gone overseas to Scotland in the past year for the Edinburgh Marathon. She's run in Orlando, and next is headed to Cincinnati in May for a marathon.

"It's a different way to seeing the city," said Morando, a 47-year-old speech therapist at Fort Caroline Elementary School "They usually highlight the best parts of the city when they put together the marathon. So if I'm going somewhere, I like to see if they have a marathon to run."

Morando is part of the Jacksonville Galloway Training Program, a group that follows 1972 Olympian Jeff Galloway's method of running that is designed for working people to reduce the threat of injury. She is considers herself a "cheerleader" while running to help keep other runners motivated. Morando had her personal best time of 5:00 for the 26.2 with Donna Marathon in Jacksonville last month.


A number of Southsiders ran the Gate River Run 15K March 12. Atlantic Coast High School track coach Jennifer Hill, 37, placed 56th in her age group (out of 1,072 runners in that group). Bishop Kenny High School coaches Gabe Wahila, 31, (25th out of 1,076) and Kevin Curran, 27, (41st out of 1,023) also fared well.

Alessandra Campos, 14, and Isabella Campos, 15, both ran in the state cross-country meet this past fall for Bishop Kenny, and ran together at Gate, placing 15th and 16th out of 297 runners in their age group. Episcopal High School senior Matt Prattos, 17, came in 22nd out of 290 among boys his age.


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