By Rachael Marotta

After winning in her age group at the Brooklyn Half Marathon, May 2021.

BRC's first Meet a Member class kicked off with a long distance runner Martha Diesslin.

Martha didn't start running marathons until she was in her 50s. We enjoyed hearing about how she first started running, how she prepares for a race, and — best of all — her favorite post-race treat: ice cream. Martha shared her medals, trophies, and marathon t-shirts, highlighting some interesting aspects from some of the races.

Runners often seem to be perfect athletes — almost machine-like — but Martha was a straight shooter. We enjoyed hearing Martha tell us about the good aspects of running as well as the tougher aspects. "Here's a picture of me at the end of a race, looking half-dead!" We appreciated the honesty, and we admired her tenacity. (See this one and other the photos below)