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by Vanessa Junkin September 13, 2018 at 1:10 pm 0

Sarah and Joe Divel and Laura Schlax pose with their Marine Corps Marathon weekend bibs in 2017. Photo: Courtesy of Joe Divel

Taking up marathon training often means taking time away from the family to get in the miles, the long runs, the workouts. For Joe Divel, it turned into a way to create new bonds with his daughters.

Divel, 59, of Rockville, is in his fourth year with the Montgomery County Road Runners Club First Time Marathoners program and in his second year as a coach.

FTM prepares people to run a marathon — it doesn’t have to be their first — over a six-month period. And it’s more than just running buddies or training plans — Divel referred to the group as a family numerous times.  



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