“Fat runner” Mirna Valerio of Montpelier inspires - Seven Days

What’s it like to be fat and unhealthy and then become an endurance athlete and still be fat? And be okay with it? Just ask Mirna.

"Valerio, 44, who lives in Montpelier, has completed 11 marathons and 14 ultramarathons — races of more than 26.2 miles — in a body that defies the culturally constructed image of an endurance athlete. In the nine years since she launched her blog, she has become an icon in a space where virtually nobody else looks like her."

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