Gary and Maelee Take on the Columbus Half Marathon Together!
I thought my long-distance running career - and the Childrens Champion program - were both over in 2017. I took a whole year off from running due to injury and missed the 2018 Columbus Marathon. And then a miracle happened. Slowly but surely, over the past 6 months, I was able to increase my weekly mileage to the point that I signed up for the 2019 Columbus Half Marathon in October!
That's awesome yes, but even more awesome is my new 4-year old friend Maelee, who I am running for! We are teaming together. Maelee has quite a story that you will enjoy reading. She started fighting cancer at 4 months old (tough!) and now, after all the treatment, Maelee has been cancer free for the past 2 years! Fighter.
I'm honored to team together with Maelee and her family as I pursue my 15th half-marathon in the past 9 years. With support from so many of you, I was able to beat cancer myself in 2014 - and now I dedicate myself to helping others beat their life challenges too! That's why I am signed up again as a Childrens Champion for this upcoming race.
We - you and me - get involved because these kids' battling cancer like Maelee - motivate us! And we want to motivate them as they are already facing a major challenge at a young age - but they can do it. They can overcome. And we can help them through it!
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