According to USA Today, runner Julie Weiss has a plan to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks. So far, Weiss completed 11 in 11 weeks before she took up this ambitious goal.
The reason that she’s doing it? To raise awareness for pancreatic cancer which claimed her father’s life right before she was about to run the Boston Marathon.
“Through my love of running, my love of life, and my love for my father I plan to raise hope, money, and awareness to the world for those who have been affected by pancreatic cancer,” she wrote on her website, marathongoddess.com.
She just completed a race in Hawaii with a time of 5:24 and even though she has a possible foot stress fracture, she continues to press on. More power to her.
I just hope that Weiss, as well as every other marathon runner knows the true story of Pheidippides.