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Bowdoin Staffers Meet New Challenge in ‘Couch to 5k’

About two-dozen Bowdoin staffers set out on a new challenge this summer, and followed the course to a healthy and rewarding conclusion.

The Bowdoin Couch to 5k Team

The Bowdoin Couch to 5k Team

Calling themselves the Bowdoin Couch to 5k Team, this group of mostly non-runners began training for a 5k (3.1 mile) race.

Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 (in orange) offers advice to the Couch to 5k team one morning at the Jack Magee Track at Whittier Field.

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 (in orange) offers advice to the Couch to 5k team one morning at the Jack Magee Track at Whittier Field.

With help from team leaders David Francis, Richard Hart and Lindsay Lessard — and a special training run with Olympic gold medalist and “marathon matriarch” Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 —  the group began their training by running for a minute, and built up their stamina until they were able to run the length of a 5k race held Sunday, September 8, in Freeport.

thumb:The Bowdoin Couch to 5k Team