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Bedford Fitness Trainer Hennig Conquers Marathon

YONKERS, N.Y. – Ralf Hennig trains runners and other athletes as a profession, so it was no surprise that the native of Frankfort, Germany and part-time resident of Bedford could handle the grueling and hilly Yonkers Marathon course Sunday.

“This course is as tough as any I’ve run,” said Hennig, who owns Dynamic Fitness LLC and lives six months in Germany and six months in the U.S. training athletes. “The first loop was fine, I did it in an hour and 32 minutes, but the second time around there is no one out there with you and it’s tough to run that way.”

The very fit 50-year old said he endured the hills and enjoyed the down sides of the hills in this his eighth marathon, finishing in 3:16.41. Hennig specializes in maximizing an athlete’s ability to gain strength and develop muscle flexibility as he or she grows older—a dynamic he said fits well with Americans’ needs.

“There is a misconception that we should slow down as we get older,” Hennig said. “It is because we tend to look around us and see that people do less as they get older. We accept that pattern. I believe young people need to spend more time outdoors doing natural training and the older you grow the more you need to use your muscles.”

The 86th Yonkers Marathon/Half Marathon attracted more than 700 registered runners, more than double last year’s entries. Race organizers attributed the bump in attendance to the addition of online registration.

The overall winner of the marathon was South Carolina native Will Guzick, a 22-year-old who recently moved to New York City. Guzick did the 26-plus miles in 3:44.

“I did a lot more training for this one because it was my first real full marathon,” Guzick said Sunday. “And tomorrow is my birthday so I went out with friends last night. I guess I might have done even better if I had gone to bed earlier.”

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