First, my apologies for not updating this blog on a regular basis. Life has gotten a bit hectic recently and blogs have taken a back seat. However, that does not mean that the "26.2 with Donna - The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer", took a back seat. Quite the contrary, a record number of runners participated in this years event. The "gang" of Orlando area runners who continue to support this race is amazing! We also had quite a few who came north to Jacksonville Beach for the first time. I completed my 4th half-marathon and will be there for number 5 on February 12, 2012. Please join us. Out of all the marathons in the U.S., this is the only one in which 100% of your registration dollars go directly to breast cancer research or to assist breast cancer patients.
A special tip of the cap to race founder and three time breast cancer survivor Donna Deegan. The growth of this race in four short years is incredible. Her vision has certainly become a reality. Now her vision of "finishing" breast cancer must be accomplished.
One more tip of the cap to our other Donna. Donna Nelson stood at the finish line in 2008, three months into her battle with breast cancer. In 2009 she made her return to running. Her streak of "Donna" races is now three. She celebrated this year by setting a course PR, then going back to encourage her running friends to finish strong.
I will post soon again with some additional details on the event.