April Cargill

Ali on the Run Show Episode 148: April Cargill on Becoming a Marathoner at 50

“I thought oh, London Marathon, that sounds cute! So I signed up. And then I was like Paris Marathon? Oh my god, that sounds so cute, too. So I signed up for that, too.”

In her twenties, April Cargill was a two-pack-a-day smoker working long days and staying up late nights in the fashion industry in New York City. Today, at 55, the Harlem native is a six-time marathoner on a quest to complete all six World Marathon Majors. On this episode, April — who is the director of production for designer Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss — talks about why she started running in her fifties, what finally got her to kick the smoking habit, and what it’s like being a hard-working single mom.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What was 20-year-old April up to? (3:00)
  • What April’s job in the fashion industry is like (4:50)
  • How April got into a serious smoking habit — and found fitness when she quit (7:40)
  • What it was like starting running in her fifties, and the intimidation factor that came with it (23:00)
  • On joining November Project, and working out with her son, Aubrey (32:00)
  • April opens up about being a single mom (41:40)
  • How running has helped April get through tough times (47:11)

What we mention on this episode:

Project Start

Candice Huffine on Episode 11 of the Ali on the Run Show

Pratt Institute

New York Road Runners

John Honerkamp on Episode 4 of the Ali on the Run Show

November Project

Harlem Run

Alison Desir on Episode 3 of the Ali on the Run Show

April’s November Project post

Meaghan Murphy on Episode 113 of the Ali on the Run Show

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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