Virginia woman runs half marathon in all 50 states

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – Saturday is a big day for runners in the community.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Fargo Marathon. To a Virginia woman, running means a little more.

“It’s really emotional for me because I didn’t know my friends were going to come. I really love and appreciate them,” says Dawn Marshall. “About 16 people came here to introduce me or support me. »

When Marshall crosses the finish line Saturday morning, she will have run a half marathon in all 50 states. It took him 11 years and it wasn’t easy.

The 59-year-old is a cancer survivor. She continued her running journey through seven rounds of chemotherapy treatments.

“It means a lot to me. There were days I didn’t want to work out. I was out in the cold, in the snow, and I got hurt,” Marshall said. “There aren’t a lot of people who showed up in all 50 states. I’m here to say that whatever ails you, you can do it if you put your mind to it.

Marshall represents the group “Black Girls Run”. She says the best thing about running is the people she meets along the way.

“Go out and do your best, even if it’s just walking. I just want people to know that you can stay healthy no matter what your injuries are or whatever you’re dealing with,” adds Marshall. “The bottom line is to go out and do your best.”

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