Are Married Runners Better Lovers?

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 27, 2011
  • Updated Apr. 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM UTC
Chris and Jane Spiterii are a running married couple. Photo: Ottawa Citzen

Chris and Jane Spiterii are a running married couple. Photo: Ottawa Citzen

That’s what one Canadian couple thinks.

Chris and Jane Spiterii of Ottawa, Canada run together. They are both 47 and have four children that range in age from 9 to 14. Jane had always preferred walking as opposed to riding the bus. She is “from a long line of marathon chasers.” Approximately four years ago, when their youngest twins were five Jane started running in earnest.

“It was just something to do,” she said. “I didn’t need a membership.”

Jane started doing shorter races like 5Ks and 10Ks and then progressive moved up to the marathon. Her husband accompanied her, riding his bike and taking pictures.

Eighteen months ago was Chris’ time to take up running. A co-worker commented to him that he looked like he had put on a little weight.

“The real impetus came when I signed up for the 10K and it was all sold out,” he recalls. “Jane said ’That’s good. You’re not ready.’ “

The couple took part in the Army Run half marathon in Ottawa last fall.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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