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This 300-pound marathon runner wants everyone to find joy in being active

Martinus Evans likes to prove people wrong. That’s why he started running after a doctor told him he was fat and couldn’t do it.

That’s also where the name of his international run club came from. When someone on the sidelines of a marathon he was running called him “slow AF,” he put the slogan on his shirt the next time he ran a race. 

Since that day about a decade ago, Evans has become the poster child for people who don’t fit the traditional image of a runner — slim, fit, lean. Instead, he has run multiple marathons in a body weighing 300-plus pounds, and he wants us all to think differently about what it means to be active.

Now he has a new book out called “Slow AF Run Club,” and The Show spoke with him more about it.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.