While it’s no secret that heads of PR firms quite enjoy running things, most prefer to do so from the comfort of an ergonomically correct office chair. Kathy Cripps and Margie Booth, however, have proven a rare exception to the mold.
While it’s no secret that heads of PR firms quite enjoy running
things, most prefer to do so from the comfort of an ergonomically
correct office chair. Kathy Cripps and Margie Booth, however, have
proven a rare exception to the mold.
Cripps (president/COO of SCIENS Worldwide Public Relations) and Booth
(president of M Booth & Associates) recently trekked to Italy together
to brave the Venice marathon. Though each had run her share of marathons
in the past, the European trip marked their first joint race.
’It started as a lark - like, ’Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we ran
Venice?’ ’ Cripps recalled. Booth, however, said the process of
coordinating the schedules of the heads of two PR firms proved almost as
much of a challenge as training for the race: ’It took us about six
While the two have known each other professionally for several years,
Booth said they ’never talk shop’ while running. ’Kathy’s nice enough to
slow down for me, though.’
Cheered on by their husbands and Italian onlookers (’they shouted
’Brava!’ when we passed them,’ Cripps said), both eclipsed their
previous best times. Cripps finished in slightly less than four hours,
while Booth came in well under the five-hour mark. ’I am what you call
’steady,’’ Booth joked.
The pair is hoping to make another European jaunt later this year, with
marathons in Paris and Dublin the most likely possibilities. Why?
’Forty-two kilometers click off faster than 26 miles,’ Cripps