Samoan health blogger drops 150 lbs; takes on 26.2-mile marathon

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RokeT Media/Roke To'oto'o
Menne Taliva'a Hall at Kaka'ako Park, Aloha Friday, April 12, 2013.

‘SHE’S NOW OR NEVER’ FOUNDER MENNE TALIVA’A HALL RUNS IN NORTH SHORE MARATHON

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--She’s running to fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease. She’s running for her family.

“I run for change!” exclaims Menne Taliva’a Hall, founder of a health and wellness sisterhood and Blog called ‘She’s Now or Never’ or SNN. "My quest to run marathons is a demonstration to prove that change is possible! I leave footprints in honor of family and friends that have passed on and for those that I love dearly."

After shedding 150 pounds and finishing more than 20 half-marathons, Hall – blogger and owner of shesnowornever.com, based in California – takes on her very first full marathon this morning on the North Shore of O’ahu.

Hall, who works with youth in the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, arrived from the East Bay, Calif., Wednesday with husband Charlie. They’ve hit the beach, the Y, have been spending time with family, and on Aloha Friday, did a photo shoot with Photographer Roke To’oto’o (RokeT Media) in Waikiki. The shoot began at Kapiolani Park and finished at Kaka’ako Park. Menne and Charlie later caught a luau show with family at Paradise Cove.

Last night, according to Menne’s blog, she was checking off her list of marathon essentials and preparing mentally for the 26.2-mile 3rd Annual North Shore Marathon. She was going through her gifts and reading encouraging notes from friends. Her favorite gift is a wooden emblem with “SNN” carved into it, from her friend Leila. Menne will wear it today in the race.

“I have to say, this by far is my favorite gift because it not only represents SNN but also my Pacific culture,” Menne wrote last night. “I may not be from Guahan (Guam) but they are my sisters and brothers, the ocean is our home…. It bears so much truth and meaning for me.”

On shesnowornever.com, Hall tells of her amazing health and wellness journey that has inspired family members and several thousand Facebook followers, male and female. She uses honesty and humor to deal with pain and shares her strengths, weaknesses and triumphs in order to inspire others. There will be setbacks, she advises, you are strong, she reiterates, stay the course and finish it. Dream a little bigger, push yourself and no matter what you do, don’t ever give up.

The sole purpose of her site is to inspire.

“They say, if you want to lose weight, then exercise, but if you want to change your life, then become a runner. If life was ever compared to anything, it would have to be a marathon in my opinion...every living thing has a beginning and end...but what counts is what's in between,” Menne wrote on her site last night. “The sweat, tears and will to not just pass the finish line, but to get there knowing you gave it your all and you didn't give up.”

As for today's race, it begins “in the historic surf town of Haleiwa,” explains 808racehawaii.com, official Web site for the event.

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