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Featured Runner - Tell Us Your Story

This month's featured runner is Sarah Cawley, who has endrued so much, and has truly shown us what running means to her.

"Running has been a part of my life for a while, although it wasn't until my oldest daughter was born that I became a RUNNER. I needed something to keep me focused on my goal of losing the baby weight, and so I signed up for a relay race with some friends. Upon crossing that finish line, I was committed. In the next two years I completed a couple half marathons.

In the spring of 2012, I was given a new reason to run when my sweet Meghan was born with special needs. Her spirit has inspired me, and several others towards accomplishing their running goals as she fights daily to do the things that we take so easily for granted, and our "team" has completed several races in her honor. Running helped me discover that I have what it takes to push myself physically and mentally farther than I could have imagined. I have learned that running is just as much about training the mind as it is about training the body. As it turns out, these lessons would prove invaluable as I began a marathon course that I didn't sign up for- one that was marked out by pink ribbons. In April of last year, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I had a mastectomy, where we learned that the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes. I began chemotherapy, and had to miss several races that I had planned while I was recovering from surgery. Two weeks after my first chemo, and six weeks after my surgery, I ran for the first time since my diagnosis, tears streaming down my face the entire time. I knew in that moment that I would not allow cancer to take away this part of my life. Two years ago I committed to run at least a half marathon every year in Meghan's honor, and this year would be no different. I set my sights on a fall half, and trained throughout my chemotherapy treatments. I finished chemo, and two weeks into my radiation treatments I ran, and finished the Columbus Half. It may have been slower than I would have liked, but I ran inspired, determined to honor my commitment because in spite of cancer, I can still run. This year's marathon is four days after my last infusion of anticancer medication, and it also happens to be my birthday. I can't think of a better way to celebrate finishing this marathon of a year than by running my first 26.2! Here's to LIFE, finishing treatment, and to my girls who motivated me in the first place. I may be running with less hair, and less of my physical body intact, but I run ON FAITH, with HOPE, and a heart that is a thousand times more full."

We thank Sarah for sharing with us her story, now we invite you to share what does RUNNING mean to YOU?


Why are you running the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K?

Have you had interesting or unusual running experiences in the past? Are you running in honor of someone or something special to you?

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