Mei Ling Yuen has her friend Kristen to blame for her running obsession. “Kristen likes to say that she “created a running monster.”” It all started when Mei and Kristen were on an ultimate frisbee team together, and decided to take up running in order to be more competitive on the field. Soon, Mei was talked into running the Disney World Half Marathon - mostly because Kristen emphasized the perks: “that we’d get to go to Disney and the medal was pretty.” Then Mei realized that there was an extra medal if she ran the Disneyland Half-Marathon that same year. So she thought she’d run “one more.” Then she was hooked. She joined a Running Room clinic and ran her first marathon a year later.
Since then, Mei has run 28 half marathons, 5 marathons and numerous other races. She has loved participating in interesting races like the Bermuda Triangle Challenge and the Great Wall of China Half Marathon, and in August 2018, she ran her first ultra, the Squamish 50k in BC.
But what started as something that Mei did just for the bling has become so much more than that. Running is now something that she does because “[i]t clears my head, makes me happy, is a good way to see the city and socialize, and it’s often faster to run somewhere than take the TTC.” Mei is also grateful for the supportive and inclusive community that is the Toronto running scene, and she feels lucky to live in a city where there are different run crews going out almost every day of the week. While you’ll find her training hard for her next PB or preparing for her sub-3 hour goal at this year’s Around the Bay, Mei can also be found having fun on foot, exploring all areas of the city, always at a run.