Runners often talk about having another mountain to climb. Maureen Kemeny took that literally.
The Lewiston runner already has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Now she's going to be checking off another one of her life's goals -- the Boston Marathon.
Kemeny will be taking part in the famous race, which will be held on Apr. 16. It will be another checkmark on the 48-year-old's list of accomplishments.
The mountain-climbing part of the twin athletic peaks had been a goal since grade school.
"That was something I always wanted to do," Kemeny said. "The opportunity came up a couple of years ago. A group from St. Catharines [Ont.] was going, and we went in February of 2004."
Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro isn't the same as, say, climbing one of the mountains in the Himalayas, but it was more than enough of a challenge for Kemeny.
"Up until 15,000 feet, it's very doable," she said. "When you're climbing from 15,000 feet to 19,340, you do it in a span of eight hours. Physically, it's so taxing. You aren't supposed to climb 3,000 feet in less than 24 hours.
"I loved the experience. The eight other women said they'd rather go through childbirth than climb the mountain. I disagreed."
Kemeny had to climb a different sort of mountain in order to get to Boston. She was in an auto accident more than a year ago, and was told by three different doctors that she'd never run again.
"I took six months off," she said. "Last summer I said, 'That's it, I can run.' So I started training for Richmond's marathon."
Kemeny finished Richmond in November in 3:50:59, qualifying her for Boston. Finishing next week's race no doubt will make her feel like she's on the top of a mountain.
"There are a lot of comparisons between the two [feats]," she said. "The feeling of accomplishment is great."
*Speaking of Boston, it's the centennial year for the former Buffalo resident who won the Boston Marathon.
Tom Longboat, who lived here in the 1920s well after his running career ended, won the 1907 edition of the Boston race in then record time. He went on to an outstanding career in racing, taking the unofficial title of world champion in the early 1910s, and is considered one of the greatest athletes in Canada's history.
Several Canadians are making the trip to Boston to make sure the centennial gets noticed. The Longboat Road Runners, one of Toronto's biggest clubs, will send a contingent to Massachusetts. A group from Saskatchewan, where Longboat worked after serving in World War I, also is making the trip to Boston.
*Lenny Silver of Buffalo recently received a nice trophy in the mail from the organizers of the Los Angeles Marathon. He may have been the 9,001st person over the finish line, but he was the first one to do so that was over 80 years of age. Silver's time of 5:25:43 was good enough to win his age group.
*Many runners look forward to receiving their copies of Runner's World and/or Running Times, the two leading magazines in the sport. Now, the publications have the same owner. Rodale, which puts out Runner's World, recently purchased Running Times.
The two magazines have carved out separate niches over the years. Runner's World takes more of a general approach to its articles, while Running Times is geared more for top competitors. Runner's World has the lead in circulation, 650,000 to 400,000.
Rodale says it has no plans to combine the magazines. However, it will be interesting to see how long that particular temptation can be avoided.
*Canisius College Shoes for the Shelter Run (Buffalo News Runner of the Year race), 5K, Forest Lawn Cemetery, noon, next Sunday , 888-2977.
*Franklin B. Krohn 5K Memorial Run, SUNY Fredonia (starts at Central Ave. and Ring Road), noon, next Sunday , 435-8276.
*Anew Run, 5K, Salvation Army Gymnasium, 83 S. Main St., Jamestown, 9:30 a.m., April 21, 661-3894.
*Envirun, 5K, 401 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, 10:30 a.m., April 21, 858-7897.
Young Life 5K, S4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, 11 a.m., April 21, 572-1625.