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Aimee Brown Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:22 TWEET COMMENTS 0

The Heart of the Matter - Page 7

Photo by Justin Bailie.

Standing in her kitchen, the fun and laughter that seemed to overflow Arbogast at Waldo are muted. Her devilish streak
has been replaced by a calm stillness that
is underlined by the quietness of her home. Ruby has grown up and left home, and two years ago, Arbogast’s husband of 25 years, Brian, died of complications from a series
of brain tumors. He was an avid athlete and Arbogast’s primary support at many of her top finishes. She doesn’t talk much about his death, instead opting to live well and pursue her passions. She has a garden behind the house where she grows many of the fresh vegetables that fill her diet, and her office where she practices massage therapy is tucked into a front bedroom. A cat and dog help fill the space.

“Meghan has been through so much,” says Lin gentling, the team’s manager. “Yet through it all she has continued to live with grace and joy. She knows exactly who she is, and how she wants to live in this world. Her running is part of the way she expresses joy and love.”

Running is part of how Arbogast has faced life’s challenges. It’s an outlet and a balm, and racing might be the greatest expression of that.

“If I’m pinning on a bib and lining up, I’m racing hard,” she says. “I’m there to run and compete, and a good strong field is where I’m going to run my best. My goal is to not slow down. i want to be 70 years old and going hard. I want to run forever.”

Recent Highlights

Six-time > Western States 100M Top-10 Finisher (Squaw Valley, CA)
Four-time > Olympic Qualifier for the marathon distance (PR of 2:45:43) (Sacramento, CA)
1st place > Bootlegger 50K (Boulder City, NV), 2012

1st place > Jed Smith 50M (Sacramento, CA), 2012
1st place > Dizzy Daze 50/50 50M (Seattle, WA), 2012
Gold Medal > USA 100K World Championship Team (Seregno, Italy), 2012
2nd place > Miwok 100K (50+ age-group record) (Marin Headlands, CA), 2011

2nd place > JFK 50M (Hagerstown, MD), 2011
Silver Medal > USA 100K World Championship Team (Winschoten, Netherlands), 2011
1st place > McKenzie River Trail Run 50K (McKen- zie Bridge, OR), 2010
1st place > Waldo 100K (Willamette Pass Ski Area, Eugene, OR), 2010
1st place > White River 50M (Crystal Mountain, WA), 2010


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