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New York next stop on marathon run for Roslynn Decker

Roslynn Decker of Corner Brook, N.L. was the first woman to finish the full marathon during the Blue Nose Marathon on Sunday.
Roslynn Decker of Corner Brook, N.L. was the first woman to finish the full marathon during the Blue Nose Marathon on Sunday. - The Chronicle Herald

Roslynn Decker has always made fitness a priority in her life, but this year she has good reason to put some extra miles on her running shoes.

The 30-year-old marathon runner is getting married to Kristian Kavli Aug. 17 in picturesque Norris Point, so she jokes that she’s got to keep active to ensure her dress fits.

What makes it an even bigger year is that she has a big race to knock off her bucket list.

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Kavli proposed to her at the finish line of the 2017 BlueNose Mararthon in Halifax after she was the first woman to cross the finish line with a personal best time of three hours and eight minutes in what was just her third marathon.

The next stop for her on the marathon journey is New York City.

Decker is pumped these days because she recently found out she was accepted for the 2018 New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 2.

It’s one of the hardest races in the world to qualify for so Decker was happy when she found out. The qualifying time for the New York City Marathon is 3:15 or below so her fine showing in Halifax did the job for her.

Things were a little tense for her for a few days because she wasn’t sure if she was going to be accepted as a guaranteed entry. She was expecting to be accepted because she had the qualifying time, but she was told there was some issue with verifying her time. She pleaded her case and got it sorted out in the end.

The trip to New York is all about getting on the start line at the Brooklyn Bridge and pushing herself through the sights and sounds to the finish line.

She conquered Boston in 2016.

It’s also part of the honeymoon and she’ll have her biggest supporter on the sidelines cheering her on, so she figures she’s in good hands.

She’s determined to see the finish line. The only thing she believes can cause some concern is the large group of runners she will surrounded by as she makes her way through the city.

“There’s 50,000 runners so you’re pretty well running shoulder to shoulder for quite some time so it’s harder to get by people,” she said.

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