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Fitness builds health

The purpose of this website is to encourage people to start or continue some kind of fitness program to improve their health. Even small changes in lifestyle can have significant benefits. Exercise doesn't just help us lose weight to look better. It makes our bodies stronger and more capable of fighting off colds, healing from injuries, and even allowing us to be less susceptible to diseases such as cancer!

We try to present information that is easy to use, and costs a minimum amount of money to implement. Bullet lists are employed for easy reading, but detailed information will be added on a regular basis to try to answer questions and help individuals make the best choices in working towards a better life.

One way that we gather such information (fitness, nutrition, vitamins, etc.) is by accepting articles from experts in each of these fields. They can even advertise their services or products in case site visitors are interested. Each of us need improvement in different aspects of our health, and each of us require our own motivation and determination to address them. Maybe something at this site can be the spark!

Originator of Website:   'Marathon Man'

Ray Christensen, a resident of Wilmington, Delaware, started running in 2002 at the age of 40. Prior to that, he had only jogged a few times each year. Enticed by a newspaper article explaining Arthritis Foundation's "Joints In Motion" program, he began training for the Dublin Marathon. Group runs and teammates made running fun, so it soon became a major part of his life.

The following year, he learned that the local running club was gathering novice runners for weekly training runs to prepare for the Philadelphia Distance Run, a large half-marathon. He began running with them on a regular basis. The group soon became known as the Rebel Runners and was now coordinating weekday short runs and weekend long runs. Members trained for different events.

Eventually, the idea of a group trip took shape and 14 Rebels took a memorable trip to France for the 2004 Paris Marathon. Ray qualified for Boston later that year in Chicago, largely due to the confidence gained from running with dedicated companions. As of April 2009, he has completed 15 marathons, most recently Big Sur International Marathon and Walt Disneyworld Marathon.

The Rebel Runners are a very special group and Ray decided to write an eBook to help other people experience the support, motivation and fun that you can have while keeping fit, achieving your goals, and enjoying food and beverages! (see StartYourClub.com).

Visit his Marathon Man website for photos and descriptions of events from Paris to New York to Alaska. Ray is single and when not running, works as a freelance website designer. (see newest running website)

Professional experience also includes 3 years as a Naval Officer, investment sales and management positions with retail, transportation and distribution companies.

"Fitness energized my life!"
Running is now a major part of my life and has positively influenced everything I do. I have more energy, get sick less often, require less sleep, eat and enjoy eating more, feel less muscle soreness, have a more positive attitude, feel more self-confident, and even have a better social life. For those of us who accomplish it, running a marathon gives us the feeling that we can do anything! I want other people to enjoy the same benefits, to whatever degree they have the time and other resources to commit. Use the contact form if you'd like to personally get in touch with questions or comments.

Get healthy and get fit!
Ray Christensen


Ray Christensen
Ray Christensen

Philly Distance Run
Philly Distance Run 2002

Paris Marathon
Paris Marathon 2004

Ray runs Boston Marathon
Ray runs Boston Marathon 2005, 2006

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