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Robert Key, Faithful
Soles founder (pictured right) was the keynote speaker
on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the
Woodlands Fit pre-marathon and half-marathon
dinner with about 125 runners, family members
and friends in attendance.
This dinner is part of the group's annual
celebration leading up to the Chevron Houston
Marathon, Aramco Half-Marathon and EP5K on
Sunday, January 17, where a record 25,000+
runners participated in the 3 events. 2010 marks
the 20th year that Robert has done motivational
speaking to athletic groups, schools,
businesses, churches and other clubs and
Watch Robert's speech on "Race
Motivation and Preparation" that he gave to Houston Fit in the fall
of 2007 during their training for the Houston Marathon and
Half-Marathon. Houston Fit is the largest USAFit training group in the
United States with more than 1,600 members enrolling for their training
programs in 2009-2010 (be
sure around the 12:30 mark to keep watching because there is a question
and answer session after that point.
read the true story that inspired Robert to found Faithful Soles,
Marathoner, which he has shared with thousands of runners and non-runners
in his writings and motivational speeches.
The mission of
Faithful Soles is to inspire, motivate
and encourage everyone from walkers to runners
to multi-sport athletes of all ages and
By Robert Key - Founder of Faithful Soles
Let's face it, no matter where we live, our weather can have extreme
swings that can wreak havoc on our training schedules. It's how we
weather those changes, and whether or not we decide to alter our
schedules on those days (for better or worse), that can be very
important factors in our success...
those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."
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Faithful Soles is proud to honor Bob and Dottie Key as our
newest "Featured Athletes".
This past year, Dottie was diagnosed
with Myeloma, a blood cancer that presently has no cure, but can be
treated and held in check with the proper medication. Dottie is
extremely active and athletic, and had set plans to walk in the
Flying Pig Half-Marathon in Cincinnati on May 4 as a member of
Team-In-Training to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma
research. As her treatments progressed, she decided that she was
going to be unable to walk the half-marathon. That's when her
husband Bob (father of Faithful Soles founder, Robert Key) stepped
in and took her place and did the walk for her. Bob is no
stranger to running, having completed a marathon and numerous other
races and training runs of 10 miles or more. However, he had not
been training for distance as of late, and with very little training
under his belt and at the young age of 71, walked and jogged the
half-marathon in a very respectable 3:35.
Dottie wrote "On
May 4th, Bob walked in the Flying Pig 1/2 marathon. It was a
glorious day in Cincinnati. He got up at 4:30 AM to join the other
300 Team-in-Training Members at the starting line. I got to sleep in
until he called me and told me his location. I walked a mile from
the hotel to the finish line and was there in plenty of time to
scream and cheer as he came across the finish line. He finished the
13 miles in 3:35. That's a little
over a 16 minute pace
per mile. As he met me at the gate with his purple Team-in-Training
T-Shirt and ball cap he kissed me and took the medal off and placed
it over my head. It was an exciting time and a moment I will not
forget. We promised that next year, God willing , we will do this race
again together. Thank you all for your generous support. I
even received a check in the mail this morning. I think that that
will put me over $3,000 mark. Thank you so much for your donations
to finding a cure for blood cancers. The Southern Ohio Team-
in-Training raised collectively over $500,000."
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