The Atlantis Leisure Oban 10K has received a boost with news that a big American contingent from Colorado plan to take part in the race on July 31. Mary Louise Edwards and her family of 8 are all regular runners in their hometown of Bolder and will be in Scotland next month for a family reunion. Mary Louise told scottishrunningguide.com: "In 2009, my son Kris and I drove all over Scotland and fell in love with Oban and the highlands. Although we have travelled in many parts of the world, we have never felt so at home as in Scotland. After booking the holiday, I started looking for a local race and found the Oban 10K."
Mary Louise's father Stephen passed the running bug on to her and her children and she explained: "I started running with my father in 1985 after he had quintuple bypass surgery. Dad went on to compete in the senior Olympics many times, and was a well-loved runner in his community of San Diego. He trained all of my children to do the same. Two of them went on to become cross-country runners for their schools and college, while I recently won a 5k race in my age group."
The family compete in the Bolder Boulder 10K race every year with Stephen until he died of a stroke in 2004. Mary Louise said: "I think of him every time I run, so do my children. He was an inspiration."
They will be running the 10k in their Orange Team shirts so if you're taking part in the event, you won't have trouble spotting them.
For information on how to enter the Oban 10K visit the Atlantis Leisure website