Spotlight on EdCC: How to do the 5k and lose 100 lbs

Before and after photos of Nathan MacDonald ( all photos courtesy Nathan MacDonald).
Before and after photos of Nathan MacDonald (photos courtesy Nathan MacDonald).

When Edmonds Community College marketing manager Nathan MacDonald woke up the morning of his first 5K in April 2010, he wasn’t sure how it was going to go. While he had trained, worked out, and even bought a fashionable sweatband for the race, he still weighed over 350 pounds and was completely out of his comfort zone.

Despite the obstacles, MacDonald took his place on the starting line, and he ran.

MacDonald finished the race in 39 minutes and from then on, he was hooked on running. Later that year, he joined Weight Watchers, started working out regularly, and found support online by blogging about his weight loss journey under the moniker “The Fotographing Fat Kid” all while being a newlywed and working on his master’s degree at Florida State University. Running motivated him to change his lifestyle completely and to become a healthier version of himself. Four half marathons – soon to be five in June – three 15Ks, and numerous 10Ks and 5Ks later, he has lost more than 100 pounds and has a new lease on life.

“I owe it all to running,” said MacDonald recently. “It helped me realize that you can accomplish amazing things if you stick to something and believe in yourself.”

On Nov. 19, MacDonald will run for another important reason: to support the students of EdCC at the Edmonds Community College Foundation 5K Walk and Run. This inaugural run promotes healthy living within the community while raising funds for student success.

Walkers and runners of every level are encouraged to participate. Individual and team rates are available. Individual rates are $35 per person and will increase to $45 the day of the event. Look for MacDonald and his team, The COLREL Runners, in their turkey hats on the course this Saturday.

Join in this community event to help the EdCC Foundation fund student scholarships, emergency assistance funds, and innovation grants. For more information about the race and to register, visit the EdCC Foundation website here.


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