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Constance Polhemus

Constance Polhemus
Huntington Beach, CA United States
Stuff About Me:

In high school when my counselor asked what I wanted to take for PE I responded with, "Anything that doesn't require dressing out or sweating." I was over weight and not physically active for the first 52 years of my life. This was the story until June 23, 2007 when I attended a Relay for Life with my son, Vincent, who had begun running just a few years prior. At the Relay I planned to walk for 60 minutes around the track as my contribution to the cancer fundraiser. Little did I know I would become a runner that day. As I walked my son said, "Let's run!" I replied, "Oh, Sweetie! Mommy doesn't run!" He suggested I run "just to the lady in the yellow shirt". Then it was just run to the guy in the blue shirt, and so it went until I had run for 60 mins. I covered 4 miles that evening and was hooked. I began running everyday after work. One or two miles turned in 5 or 6, then I was training for my first half marathon in August 2008. Again, at the challenge of my son. To date I've run over 75 races from 5k to Ultra Ragnar & triathlons and dropped 50 lbs. What's my goal . . . to keep running no matter my age! And to encourage others to start. Running changed my life!

The 2015 Boston Marathon was the day after my 60th birthday. I had only started running 8 years prior at the encouragement of my son, Vincent. Although, I had started to run many half marathons, running a marathon seemed a bit much. However, in early 2013 my son again challenged me to try and qualify for Boston 2015. Boston? Me? In December 2013 I qualified at the Sacramento International Marathon with 11 minutes to share. I was off to Boston in 2015! Now the challenge was to re-qualify in Boston for 2016! With my entire school of 700 students watching from California that April 20th, and knowing I promised them I would cross the finish line in under 4:25, I had to do it! I kept thinking of all the things I had heard Meb say about those last miles in a marathon when you aren't racing against others, but racing against yourself. I'm proud to say I re-qualified at Boston for Boston 2016. The Boston Marathon in 2015 represents so much in my life. I accomplished something that seemed impossible, but through determination and hard work this 60 year old woman, who spent most of her life obese, joined a select group of individuals who could say they ran the Boston Marathon with Meb!

Now I'm part of TEAM MEB26 and going to run the New York Marathon!!  Amazing!!


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Constance Polhemus' Fundraisers

Team MEB26 benefitting the MEB Foundation

Team MEB26 benefitting the M…

Amount Raised:



80% Raised of $5,000 Goal