Now that the Arctic cold is passed, Brent Goodz is glad to be hitting the pavement again. That's because the the ex-smoker from Kenora is thrilled to have qualified for the Boston Marathon.

"Just making it to the start line. It's been seven years now in training," he said last week. "Just getting to the start line and hearing that gun go, knowing there's elite runners of the world in front of me. That's awesome."

He adds the local scenery is an added incentive for training.

"The beauty of Kenora. It's always changing. The colours changing, development here and there, businesses changing -- whether it's another one coming in or somebody else taking one over... Everyday is a different run for me," he said.

The marathon is set for mid-April.

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