Joseph Ke­mei, 50 CSIRO sci­en­tist

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

Run­ner for four years

How long have you been run­ning? I be­gan four years ago with the North Star ath­let­ics club, over 400m and 800m, with my fam­ily. I have tried longer dis­tances with Townsville Road Run­ners in the past cou­ple of years. What keeps you go­ing? The friendly at­mos­phere at track meet­ings and fun runs. It’s very wel­com­ing. I like the en­ergy I get at the end of a race. How far do you run? The fur­thest dis­tance is 10km. Maybe a to­tal of 20 to 30km, three or four days a week. Any tips? Run when it’s cool and warm up be­fore you race. I don’t like com­pet­ing af­ter eat­ing be­cause I get stitches. In­juries? Noth­ing ma­jor since I have started stretch­ing be­fore races. I used to get cramps. Favourite fuel? I like to eat at the end of a race – ba­nanas, or­anges or bis­cuits. Favourite tracks? Along Ross River be­tween Aplin’s Weir and Black Weir. I am from Kenya and run­ning along the river with all the big green trees re­minds me of home.

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