A Vermont marathoner's quest for seven continents

John Lent to speak in Vergennes

John Lent and Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham, Vt.

John Lent and Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham, Vt.

— On March 21, at 7 p.m., Bixby Memorial Free Library in Vergennes will host local marathoner John Lent as he presents stories of runners who participated in marathons held in Antarctica and South America.

Between Jan. 23 and Feb. 4, on his quest to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents, Lent travelled to the tip of South America and then farther still to Antarctica to run in two marathons. Along the way, he drew inspiration from the surprisingly diverse group of runners he met.

While accompanying ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary feats, he witnessed stories of resilience, compassion, generosity, and spirit in two of the most surprising marathon settings.

The lasting friendships Lent initiated in Punta Arenas and on King George Island have continued to inspire him and he hopes to share these illuminating revelations with the community as part of Bixby Memorial Free Library’s ongoing community programs.

Lent is a resident of Waltham with his wife, Mary Ann Castimore. His marathon quest began while he was working for a technology company, finding marathons to run while travelling for business. Since then, he has completed marathons in all 50 states—twice—and in all 13 Canadian provinces, and also on six continents.

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