Julie Weiss, who goes by “Marathon Goddess,” will be here for the Kauai Marathon on Sept. 1.
This supposed immortal, though, is not here in pursuit of a personal best for running 26.2 miles. She’s not here to race the clock. She’s here to raise awareness and money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Her father Maurice was diagnosed and passed away in December 2010 from pancreatic cancer, just one week before his daughter qualified to run the Boston Marathon.
Her dad, she said, was her biggest fan and as she crossed the finish line both hands up and fingers pointing to the sky, she knew her father was there cheering.
“Through my love of running, my love of life and my love for my father I plan to raise hope, money and awareness to the world for those who have been affected by pancreatic cancer,” Weiss said.
This will be her second straight year competing in the Kauai Marathon.
Last year, her mission was to run 52 marathons in one year – one marathon a week in what she called “52 for You.” The 2012 Kauai Marathon was race number 20 in her 52-marathon journey.
Besides running while on island, Weiss will be speaking at the marathon expo.
Her presentation scheduled for noon Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Grand Hyatt Kauai is titled, “52 Marathons in 52 Weeks — The Journey!”
“She has amazing tales of perseverance, and the will to keep going against all odds,” according to a press release. “Ultimately, she finished 52 marathons, 1,362.4 miles raising nearly $200,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.”
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide and research is severely underfunded, the release said, one reason Weiss chose to “fight this horrible disease.”
Bringing awareness and raising funds to help in the fight against it are high on her priority list. She also is committed to living a healthful life, as well as setting an example for others.
“Focusing on nutrition, exercise and peace of mind are all components to maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well,” she said.
Hawaii also has a special place in Julie’s heart, which makes running the Kauai Marathon even more special for her.
“I always feel at home when I am on Kauai, the spirit and people, the relaxing nature and peacefulness of it, it just feels like where I belong,” she said in a press release.
The Fifth annual Kauai Marathon is scheduled Sunday, Sept. 1 beginning at 6 a.m.
The marathon and half-marathon events begin on Poipu Road in front of the Poipu Shopping Village. Online registration deadline is Aug. 29.
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source: The Garden Island By BillBuley