2015 Spirit Award Winners: Where are they now?

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Editor’s Note: We reached out to our Spirit Award winners from 2015 to see how they are doing and to tell us what the Spirit Award meant to them. Following is one of the stories.

Jenn Smiechowski
While training for the 2015 Marathon, Jenn, who had been an avid runner, developed a life-threatening tachycardia (abnormally fast heart rate). She recovered, but the diagnosis of her condition meant that for the sake of her health, she should never distance run again; so she decided to walk the 1/2 Marathon in 2015.

Jenn said it was an “amazing and humbling experience” to stand beside other Spirit Award winners who had overcome various obstacles and life-changing experiences to be a part of the 2015 race.

About a half mile from the finish line, her heart rate spiked, but Jenn was able to cross the finish line and she said it was one of the most fulfilling and memorable races she ever completed.

“My husband and I made it a point to high-five every patient champion and to really take in the course, crowds, volunteers and bands who make the race so amazing and he will be walking the half for me this year,” Jenn said. She continues to keep fitness a priority and walks two to three miles a few times each week.

Do you know someone who has overcome major obstacles to train for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon or 1/2 Marathon on Oct. 16? Please submit a nomination to Sarah Irvin Clark at Sarah@IrvinPR.com by Friday, Sept. 2. Check here for more details.


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