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Staying in step with the family


July 28, 2021

Racewalking may look "ridiculous," but twins Carolyn McDermed and Marilyn Kragness have found it a great way to stay in shape and have fun.

On a sizzling afternoon, while most Sweet Home residents are likely seeking shade and iced-tea pitchers, Carolyn McDermed and Marilyn Kragness hoof it along a country road – at a very accelerated pace.

The 62-year-old identical-twin sisters are training for a 132.7-mile race to be held this weekend, July 30-31, in Central Oregon. That would be the Cascade Lakes Relay, billed as "Ore-gon's most challenging running relay course."

The sisters aren't running, though. Instead, they're race-walkers, striding along with seemingly wildly swinging arms.

"It's much harder than it looks," said Ma...

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