When I crossed the finish line of Charlotte’s Thunder Road Half Marathon blindfolded in November 2013, I knew the race would be a tough act to follow. But I didn’t intend to stop running for my sister, Taylor, and our fight against Batten disease and other rare diseases. That’s why I’m running a race in all 50 states – a feat not as rare as running 13.1 miles blind but one that I hope will help me spread our story far and wide.
I signed up for the Athens Half Marathon a few days after returning to the mainland from Hawaii, where I ran the Kauai Half Marathon on Labor Day weekend. Just 200 miles from my home in Charlotte, the quaint college town with respectable media opportunities but without the commotion of Atlanta seemed like the perfect place to notch state number nine.
But that’s not why I chose it. continue reading →