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A thirteen part web series about true runners and what they run for
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Rick and Dick Hoyt are a running team like no other. Despite his disability, Rick wanted to run in support of a classmate who had become paralyzed in an accident. Since that first race, Team Hoyt has completed more than 1,000 events in a 30-year racing career.
At 3 months old, Steve Bell was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. His disease requires an hour of treatment along with 50-70 pills every day. This hasn’t stopped Steve from making running a part of his life. Running is a form of treatment, but for Steve it’s also an act of defiance.
At age 19, Julia Chase challenged the ban on women's running by deliberately taking part in the Manchester Road Race. She continues to run for sheer joy of it while also knowing that young women today can be confident in pursuing whatever they choose.
When Vonita Murray lost her job, she chose to pursue her true purpose as organic farmer. To help spread the joys of healthy living to her community, she built a quarter mile track on her property. The track, and her new life as farmer, are just the beginnings of Vonita’s commitment to living a life with purpose.
Asmeret began running as a way to get back in shape after the birth of her first child. A few miles of running became a marathon, and then one marathon became two. In her effort to balance her training and motherhood, Asmeret is up every morning at 3:30 to run the Brooklyn streets.
For Chris Solarz a 60-hour week isn’t an obstacle to running. Whether it’s running the fastest combined marathon on all seven continents or climbing the highest vertical distance in 12 hours, running for Chris is an expression of his self and a moment for him to simply think.
Tony Clark was one of the first Marines deployed in Afghanistan following 9/11. After returning home, Tony has managed to link up his love of ultra running with a series of Veterans’ causes close to his heart. He hopes his running can raise money to support the many physically and mentally wounded veterans.
The Offensive Line at Westlake High School is comprised of more than just your average high school athletes. Dubbed "The Union" by their coaching staff, Fred, Jon, Luis, Justin and Zack are committed to putting in the extra work that will elevate them in the fourth quarter. That's why they have turned to running.
At 25, Sally Stillwell lost her husband to cancer but fortunately, met Lisa. With Lisa’s encouragement, Sally started to run. For Sally, running has become more than a workout. It’s given her new goals, a new community and lifted her from her mourning.
Roger Wright once weighed 318 pounds, making his decision to train for the Boston Marathon somewhat of an impossible task. His goal of running the Boston Marathon soon became a reality when he crossed the finish line the following year. He wants to be an inspiration to help others cross their finish lines too.
After his kidney transplant, Coby Jacobus continued to run as a challenge to himself and as inspiration to the track athletes of Manchester High School, where he coaches a whole new generation of runners with his knowledge.
In 2009, Meggan was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few weeks prior to running the DICK’S Sporting Good’s half marathon. Meggan finished with her best time and since then, Meggan’s courageous battle with cancer has continued. She looks to her running past as a source of inspiration in fighting this disease.