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Runner to share stories from marathons around the world

VERGENNES — Bixby Memorial Free Library will host local marathoner John Lent on Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m., as he presents “A Marathoner’s Quest for Seven Continents.”
Lent will share heartwarming stories of intrepid runners who recently participated in marathons held in Antarctica and South America. The presentation in the Bixby’s Community Room is expected to last a little over an hour with additional time for questions and comments.
Between Jan. 23 and Feb. 4 of this year, on his quest to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents, Lent traveled to the very tip of South America and then further still to Antarctica to run in two marathons. Along the way, he drew inspiration from the surprisingly diverse group of runners he met.
While accompanying ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary feats, Lent witnessed stories of resilience, compassion, generosity and spirit in two of the most surprising marathon settings. The lasting friendships he initiated in Punta Arenas and on King George Island have continued to inspire him and he says he hopes to share these illuminating revelations with the community as part of Bixby Memorial Free Library’s ongoing community programs.
Lent lives in Waltham with his wife, Mary Ann Castimore. His marathon quest began while he was working for a technology company, finding marathons to run while traveling for business. Since then, he has completed marathons in all 50 states — twice — and in all 13 Canadian provinces, and also on six continents.
To learn more about this event, contact Adult Services Librarian Muir Haman at (802) 877-2211 or muir.haman@bixbylibrary.org.

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