Running Changed My Life Inspirational Contest

for people that like to be inspired, inspire others, or both!

Each month 1 person wins FREE entry into the Niagara Falls race of their choosing - marathon, half, 10k or 5k PLUS 2 discounted entries for Members of their TRIBE! Voting is LIVE & open to all!

Accepting entries: Feb. 6th-20th     Voting ends: Feb. 28th

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JESSE WHEELER

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Before RunningFinish Line!

When did you catch the running bug? 2016

Was it LOVE at first run? No

Proudest running accomplishment?
Crossing the finish line of my first marathon, less than 18 months after starting to run!

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
That little voice inside your head that says you can't!

How has running made your dreams come true?
I have proven that I can do anything that I set my mind to!

ANDREA MOORE

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Proud finisher!

When did you catch the running bug? 2014

Was it LOVE at first run? Yes

Proudest running accomplishment?
Completing the 2017 Niagara Ultra Marathon!

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
It was real feel over 100° that day, full sun. I wanted to DNF so badly at km 32, but I finished!!

How has running made your dreams come true?
Running has changed my life! I don't doubt myself nearly as much any more. My self-confidence has skyrocketed.

NICOLE STERLING

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Competing in my second Half Marathon

When did you catch the running bug? 2015

Was it LOVE at first run? Yes

Proudest running accomplishment?
I finished 18.75 miles during Reebok Ragnar Adirondacks. As a cardiac arrest and heart attack survivor this is huge!

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
As a cardiac arrest and heart attack survivor, I was told by the cardiologist and my doctors I would never be able to.

How has running made your dreams come true?
I am healthier than I have ever been & ticking things off my bucket list. I feel alive again. I have lost 120lbs to date

MICHELLE SOKOL

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When did you catch the running bug? 2017

Was it LOVE at first run? No

Proudest running accomplishment?
Finishing my second half marathon. It was pouring rain with 16MPH wind gusts, but I still shaved 10+ minutes off my PR.

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
A run streak from Thanksgiving to New Years. It was a struggle to run after holiday parties and in -3 degree weather.

How has running made your dreams come true?
I'm happier, healthier and 70 pounds lighter. I've also found an amazing community of runners who support each other.

REBECCA HOFFER

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Finish Line at Rome 2017

When did you catch the running bug? 1995

Was it LOVE at first run? No

Proudest running accomplishment?
Finishing my first full marathon in Rome, in April 2017

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
NOT finishing the first marathon I signed up for in Spring 2016; getting the courage to try again was tough initially

How has running made your dreams come true?
I feel stronger and more empowered thanks to running. Every day, I know I can conquer whatever is put in front of me

SHANNON COOK

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scook

When did you catch the running bug? 2000

Was it LOVE at first run? Yes

Proudest running accomplishment?
Wilderness Traverse Obstacle race (over 7 hours!). Niagara Falls International Marathon in 2012 and Tough Mudder 2013.

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
Breaking an ankle in 2016 and fearing running again. Completed the Army Half Marathon only six weeks after getting my cast off

How has running made your dreams come true?
Running has given me the mental strength to get through ANYTHING. Meeting so many people and making awesome memories!

TERRY MORRISH

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Niagara ultra 2016

When did you catch the running bug? 2000

Was it LOVE at first run? Yes

Proudest running accomplishment?
Finishing my first marathon.

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
7 months that is that length of time I have been off due to multiple brain surgeries.
I just got the go ahead to restart

How has running made your dreams come true?
I used it as work stress relief to start and my passion just developed from there.

MOLLY MCTIERNAN

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When did you catch the running bug? 2016

Was it LOVE at first run? Yes

Proudest running accomplishment?
Training for and completing the 2017 Niagara Falls Half Marathon.

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
My mind! Once you believe you can do anything you set your mind to, the sky is the limit!

How has running made your dreams come true?
Running is my life. It has helped me lose over 100 lbs
and become the athlete that I always knew was inside of me.

TRACEY HEWISTON

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tracey-now

When did you catch the running bug? 1997

Was it LOVE at first run? NO!

Proudest running accomplishment?
Crossing the finish line at my first race.
The fear of not finishing was a nail biter.
I did it. I overcame & lived to smile about it.

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
Tying up my laces & making it around the block for my first run ever.

How has running made your dreams come true?
I am living the dream as your 75lb lighter
Chief People Officer for the Niagara Falls Marathon!

TRACEY KEMPTHORNE

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Army Run 2014

When did you catch the running bug? 2000

Was it LOVE at first run? No

Proudest running accomplishment?
Running kept me sane in the midst of a very messy divorce.
It was my time to clear my head and focus on me.

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
Myself out on a long run when I just want to quit I have to talk it through
and tell myself that you can do this!

How has running made your dreams come true?
Absolutely it has shown me I can do absolutely anything I set my mind too.
Running my first 50km race this year!

ALICIA NISBET

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When did you catch the running bug? 2000

Was it LOVE at first run? Yes

Proudest running accomplishment?
Finishing the Hamikton "Run the Hammer" challenge November 2017
- the 5 k, the 10 k and the half marathon in one weekend

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
It was cold, and raining the Sunday I ran the Hamilton Half Marathon
after running the 5 and the 10 km race Saturday

How has running made your dreams come true?
I have been battling depression for decades,
running has given me self-confidence and personal goals.

JESSICA IRVINE

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When did you catch the running bug? 2015

Was it LOVE at first run? No

Proudest running accomplishment?
That I didn't give up after the first run even though I struggled being overweight and asthmatic

Toughest running obstacle you've encountered?
1/2 marathon Feb 2015 as a new runner.Finished last.
It discouraged me but I kept running after & I've never looked backed.

How has running made your dreams come true?
I am almost 100 lbs less (lost 96.5 lbs) and no longer pre diabetic.
I am living life instead of letting it slip away.

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Ready to enter?

Thank you SO MUCH for considering to be a part of this WONDERFUL and INSPIRATIONAL community!  We look forward to your submission. Please keep in mind the following guidelines for the contest:

  • A new voting period will occur each month for the duration of the contest
  • You can only win once
  • You can keep your story up every month, or choose to take it down, or rework it!
  • Our Team will edit your story for grammatical oversights
  • We will acknowledge your submission within a couple of working days
  • We will have your submission on this web page within a couple of working days
  • We will ask for photo submissions so make sure you have these ready to upload
  • Winners are announced the first week of the following month
  • Prizes are 1 free entry for the Winner to either the Niagara Falls International Marathon, Half, 10k or 5k PLUS 2 discounted entries for Members of your Tribe
  • Prizes must be used for the October 14th, 2018 race and are non-transferable to future years or other races
  • Judging is by viewers of the profiles so yes, it is to your advantage to promote your entry to your Tribe!

Please use the form below for your submission.  If you have any problems submitting (esp. with the photos), please email our Chief People Officer, Tracey Hewitson directly.

Please note that it takes a bit for the form to process. Just a little patience is needed!

Running Changed My Life Submission

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    Note that you must be at least 18 to enter this contest
  • You can submit up to 2 images. These can be before/after images IF YOU CHOOSE. For some people, their stories are more powerful than the images so 1 photo will do. Images should be at least 100 kb or 300px width or height.
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