Featured Runner - Tell Us Your Story 

This month's featured runner is Courteney Boyle                                                                                          

'To our friends at the Cleveland Marathon, please know that this essay has been typed by Dan Boyle, as my daughter does not have the ability to speak or  type. But, it is her heart that I share with you. Thank you!                                        


“Run with Purpose!” It is my goal to show the world that even though I do not have the use of my legs to run, I can indeed run and raise awareness and funds for the special needs community with every race I take part. I was inspired to organize a non-profit, Team Boyle Foundation, because I wanted to show others that even though I may face medical challenges daily, it is possible to rise up over that adversity and still be able to positively impact others around me! It is my goal to be an influence and a light of hope to others. I chose running because my dad found that I love to be pushed really fast in my wheelchair, so it seemed a natural fit that if we were going to help others in the special needs community, we should do something that others would find remarkable and inspiring for someone like myself to do! So with that, I set out with the help of my dad and the Team Boyle Foundation to take part in as many races as possible, from all over Northeast Ohio, including an annual favorite of ours, the Cleveland Marathon weekend of events, to Orlando, Florida on a mission to change the world! In the past four years I have taken part in the Cleveland Marathon weekend 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. Running these events mean so much to me because I love celebrating where I’m from and where all of what I love to do all started! 

This year I ran “Running for the Best Week of Their Lives!” Our racing season kicked off at Disney in February for our third 19.3 mile Challenge and continued with many races around Northeast Ohio, including the Cleveland Half Marathon. I was able to race and raise the $5,800 it took to send 10 special needs kids to a week of Young Life Capernaum Camp in Virginia this past August. It’s a camp where about 300 kids (ages 14-21) with special needs (intellectual & physical) are celebrated and encouraged. They build friendships and have a blast! There are no “cannots” at Young Life Camp, mostly because everything is accessible and inclusive, from ropes courses to zip lining and horseback riding to swimming. These kids are encouraged by the camp leaders throughout the week about just how loved they are by God, that they have great purpose, and that they belong! It’s a week of camp that Team Boyle and I believe that every kid with a disability should experience!

Running with my dad and creating Team Boyle has been life changing for me! While I may be overlooked at times, or even looked at with the thought that I “cannot,” I “can” and I “do!” I’ve been blessed with 
an incredible life story and it’s my goal to share that story in a way that encourages others that if they may be facing challenges, they CAN overcome too! 

I am thankful to all of those that have come along side me and supported “Running with Purpose.” And, of course, I hope along the way that I can continue to raise awareness and money to help make life better for others with special needs, especially through running the Cleveland Marathon weekend of events! For as long as I am able, I will!"

We thank Courteney  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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