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Crohn’s won’t stop the ‘unbreakable’ Jenni

Every training run, race, and honestly, every day is a struggle. I know a day will come that I will no longer be able to run” said Jenni in a heartbreaking confession. Jenni is one of more than 1.6 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease. It’s a disorder that attacks the digestive tract. “You’re immune […]

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Monica’s Angel at the South Padre Marathon Finish Line

Like runners, motivation can come in all shapes and sizes. In Monica Lopez’s case, motivation to complete the South Padre Island Marathon comes in the form of an unexpected angel, a FedEx hat and a tragic accident. Monica is no stranger to South Padre Island. “I’ve been going to S. Padre with my family almost […]

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HEB Slim Down Showdown winner humble about marathon success

This is the end of second guessing. This is saying goodbye to more than twenty years of uncertainty and being afraid. This is Jacque’s triumph. It’s before sunset on a Friday evening. The wind is strong enough to slow a runner’s pace. But time isn’t a factor for Jacque Ary. The clock doesn’t measure her […]

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Guinness World Record Holder Makes South Padre Island Marathon Her 810th Race

At the South Padre Island Marathon, first time runners and experienced runners crossed the starting line together. or Parvaneh Moayedi, this would be her 810th marathon. She’s holds a Guinness Book of World Records Holder with the most marathons run in one year by a female (which has yet to be broken). Between November 2012 […]

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Sara Runs this Weigh

In the past five years, Sara has lost 95 pounds. She says the weight loss journey was initially for her physical and mental health, but now realizes the benefits extend far beyond that. She has picked up habits that now last a lifetime. Hoping to run a duathlon one day, Sara has completed five full […]

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Overcoming Fears

I have a fear, several actually, but one in particular that is always close. It wakes me from my sleep at night, haunting me, taunting me and mocking me. It will sometimes slither into my thoughts during the day, waiting for a moment when I am tired or stressed, when my defenses are down. This […]

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The inspiring correlation between running and surviving cancer

In October, 2011, I ran the Corpus Christi Harbor Half Marathon and placed 2nd in my age division with a time of 2:02. My father was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer the very next day after the race. Running helped me cope with the stress and I continued to run through the end of […]

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Kristen’s encouraging surprise on the South Padre Marathon course

With the idea of completing her first full marathon, Kristen Herrera logged onto her computer and came across her perfect match. “I saw an ad on Facebook that immediately caught my attention,” Kristen said. “The fact that the race was at the beach and the medal was turtle-shaped…I knew this was the one.” The dream […]

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Running: A nurses’ instant reflex

Living out a healthy lifestyle is a no-brainer for Nick Pedersen, a nurse working in downtown Austin. Working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), this Sweden-native sees people struggling to stay alive on a daily basis. “I work around really sick people everyday,” Nick said. “So many people get sick because of lifestyle choices, so […]

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