Featured Runner: Doad ‘Doadie’ Edwards
I began doing a little running around the neighborhood and then did the First on the First race in 2011, winning my age group at 59 years old. From there on, I started training more and cannot really get enough of running... I am hooked! ...continue reading
Chances are, you've seen the Doad around if you've lined up at any area road race in the past 6 years. In those six years, he has run 456 races. When asked how he had such an accurate count, he confessed he saves every last one of his bibs. We'd even go so far as to say that Doad Edwards has become a Columbus running celebrity.
Doadie and his wife, Nancy, were spectating at the 2010 Columbus Marathon for their son Patrick when he began running from spot to spot to cheer him on. He started running shortly thereafter and hasn't looked back.
Doad's favorite part of running? The Columbus running community. He couldn't have ever imagined the outpouring of support and comraderie he's received over the years. That's pretty awesome. The shout-outs, the smiles and the giddiness of crossing all those finish lines — he'd like to thank you for celebrating along with him the joy that is running.
Competing in his 6th OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon in 2018, Doad will continue to be one of our legacy runners, whose fearless gumption and love of the sport has resulted in helping a variety of charities and organizations around the country. You can spot his sons, Patrick and Jay, running in many of the races as well, with Nancy being the cheerleader through it all.
When told that he’d be spotlighted for this segment, he immediately said he hoped it would encourage fellow runners to run for bigger causes, such as Team Heart and Sole.