Couples that run together, stay together
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Couples that run together, stay together

When Maria and Jim White aren't watching sport on the telly, digging in the garden or chasing after their grand daughter, you'll find the couple running, jogging or walking around their neighbourhood.

The retired pair have been running together since they got married 40 years ago.

Jim and Maria White of Wanniassa, who this year will run their 41st and 35th Canberra Times Fun Run together.

Jim and Maria White of Wanniassa, who this year will run their 41st and 35th Canberra Times Fun Run together.

Photo: Karleen Minney

"Our passion for running started pretty late, we were in our late 20s, almost 30 actually," Mrs White said.

"We did our first run together when we got married, the first run we ever did was The Canberra Times Fun Run and that was back in 1978.

"And we've done every one ever since."

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Mr and Mrs White, 69 and 66 years old, have run 40 and 34 Canberra Times Fun Runs respectively and will add another this year.

"A bloke at work told me about the fun run and I thought, you know this sounds good, so I came home and told Maria and we just haven't stopped," Mr White said.

Mrs White, who holds the record for participating in the most Canberra Times Fun Runs for women, will be walking this year because of a "bung knee".

"I'm a little disappointed to be walking again because I love running you know, you just go out on the hills and you're running and you see all the animals around, the kangaroos and the birds flying it's very relaxing and it's very pretty," she said.

Jim and Maria White getting ready for the fun run in 2005.

Jim and Maria White getting ready for the fun run in 2005.

Photo: Fairfax

"There's no excuse in Canberra for not exercising or going out."

This year will be the 43rd year of The Canberra Times Fun Run which will take place on Sunday, September 23. Thousands of individuals, families and groups of friends are set to come together from across the ACT and surrounds, to take part in the one, five or 10-kilometre events.

The run will take participants around the parliamentary triangle and Lake Burley Griffin.

Registrations closes September 22. You can save $10 if you register before September 4.

Han Nguyen reports on property for The Canberra Times. She joined the Times in 2017 after working as a breaking news reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.