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Fit Folks: Marvin Jansen, 61

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Marvin Jansen

I run to stay fit. I run 5K, 10K, half-marathon and full marathon events. I train with Gilbert's Gazelles and Pure Austin.

I run for the freedom. I choose the route, I choose the distance, and no one tells me what to do (with the exception of some good running tips from my coaches). I make decisions that impact my physical, emotional and spiritual health.

I have overcome heart disease to do what I want. My early life was not focused on health and wellbeing. I began to run in 1985 after I took my last alcoholic drink and smoked my last cigarette. I believe humans can do what they choose to do.

My life is fun, joyful and healthy. I run to stay fit!

We're looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.