Running with Robert

Maryville man chosen to train for marathon team

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A Maryville man has been selected to train with the 2007 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Team. Marathon organizers picked U.S. Army Sergeant Robert Bishop and 11 other east Tennesseans to serve as ambassadors for the marathon and promote health and fitness through physical activity.

Members of the team will be featured in the Knoxville media Tuesday mornings on WBIR 10 News Today and on FM 93.1, The Point. The team is made up of people from various backgrounds and fitness levels - a stay-at-home mom, a restaurant cook, an elementary school principal, and WBIR 10 News Anchor Robin Wilhoit, to name a few.

They will be coached by Covenant Health Fitness Expert Missy Kane, who is a former Olympic runner and Pan American games participant.

"Sergeant Bishop will set a great example for people in east Tennessee," says Kane. "He’s in great shape, but he knows that even physically fit people have to work hard to maintain their level of fitness and reach new goals."

Bishop a recruiter for the US Army. He wants to inspire young men and women to take care of themselves and stay fit. But it’s not the only reason he wants to run.

Before becoming a recruiter, Bishop spent a year on line infantry duty in Iraq, where life was intense and he was always active. Upon returning to the states, Bishop says he found it difficult to adjust to his "desk job" in Alcoa, especially while watching others being sent overseas.

"As a recruiter for the U.S. Army, it was weird to see people being deployed to Iraq, then getting letters from them knowing the mental and physical hardships they’re going through," Bishop says.

Friend and co-worker Lawrence Williams encouraged him to try recreational running and the two soon became training partners. The two will run the marathon in memory of their fallen comrades and in honor of the men and women who are serving in Iraq, today.

"I want them to know that I haven’t forgotten them. I’m still out here training, and in two or three years, I’ll be back," Bishop says. He hopes to complete the full marathon with a time of four hours or less.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon takes place April 1, 2007. Participants may take part on a variety of levels with a 5k, relay, half marathon, full marathon, and the Cariten Kids’ Run. Registration is open at www.knoxvillemarathon.com.
Information about the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Team 2007 can be accessed on the marathon site, as well as at www.covenanthealth.com. The sites will feature training tips along with photos of the team members.

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