Winning Stories

November 15, 2014 7:38 PM

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In October, 5,000 people took part in the Runner's World Half & Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As usual, I started the half-marathon in last place, stepping across the timing mat on a raw and windy Sunday morning to spend some time at the back of the pack, making my way forward to meet and encourage as many runners as possible.

Around mile two, I met a woman named Madeline who, nine years ago to the day, had a brain tumor removed. She was celebrating the anniversary (and the fact that she's been cancer-free since) by donning shorts and compression socks and going 13.1 miles with editors and fellow readers of her favorite m...

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