When I saw the Boston Marathon's #PassTheBaton post on Facebook, I knew I had to take this opportunity to give a shout-out to my twin, Leah.
Leah encouraged me to keep trying to qualify for Boston (BQ) and I finally succeeded at my 12th attempt at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon (3:46:13) as part of Team Lemon to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Five years later, it will be bittersweet to return to Boston without her but I know she will be cheering me on from Charlottesville. I continue to be inspired by Leah’s ongoing volunteer work with the Charlottesville Track Club - she is constantly encouraging others through the training program & supporting charities with the C-VILLE-athon. She also started the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon so that others could achieve their BQ goals.
Thanks to Leah, Coach Mark, family, friends & followers who have supported me on my journey and generously donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
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