I am 55 years old, retired, living on the coast in South Carolina. I became vegan in the wee hours of January 4, 2011 after watching the documentary "Earthlings." I had once been lacto/ovo vegetarian for almost three years, so the transition wasn't foreign to me and pretty simple. I got a lot of info from worldpeacediet.org/com and nomeatathlete.com and links from these sites. I also got back into competitive running beginning in June of 2010. I was overweight and way out of shape. I began by powerwalking everyday and eating one meal a day. By October, I had transitioned running into my walking routine, running sections of the 8.6 miles course, gradually increasing the distances. I managed to shed 43 pounds! I got to where I could run the whole thing, and that's been it. I'm averaging around 51 miles a week training now. Two weeks ago I ran a 15K, my first race in 5-6 years, and won my age group. I have a 10K this weekend. I look forward to continue educating myself regarding vegan nutrition and sports, and to spread the word about veganism.