Name: Marie Danais
Birthdate: 17 January, Capricorn
Birthplace: Loretteville, Québec, Canada
Current Residence: Gatineau, Québec, Canada
Occupation: Canadian Forces National Physical Fitness Coordinator
Years Racing: 6
Favorite Race: Ironman Florida
List 5 Top Race Results:
1. 2005 Ironman USA – 6th – North America Pro Women Ironman Champ
2. 2005 Ironman Wisconsin – 5th
3. 2003 Ironman Florida – 5th
4. 2003 Ironman USA – 6th
5. 2004 Quelle Challenge (IM) – 9th
6. 2002 Canadian Long Distance National Champs – 1st
Favorite Pre Race Food: Chicken, veggies and brown rice
Favorite Post Race Food: Pizza
What’s in your MP3 Player?: I do not have an iPod
Biggest Pet Peeve: Cheating
What would you do with $100,000 if you won Hawaii?
Keep on dreaming – and go back to school full time
Anything else we should know about you?
Competing as a professional athlete or at the amateur level requires motivation, dedication… With a full-time career as the Canadian Forces National Physical Fitness Coordinator, I have to balance life, training and a very demanding job.
Everyday I’m asked why I work so hard and so many hours at my passion when I may never win the big race? They say I’m too old and it’s time to focus on my good job.
Perhaps I may never stand atop of the podium, but I’m driven to do the best I can and in turn will do the best to support anyone who sets out to exceed their limits.
The true spirit of athletics is not necessary about winning; it’s about being a part and doing your best. When I’m near exhaustion at the end of a race, I tell myself there are so many things in life that I set myself to do and I will let nothing come between me and my dreams.
2006 is dedicated to my father who passed away from cancer in 1991. He has never seen me race, but I know he is always with me.
“Quitting is definitely not an option!”