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.
Justin Thomas completed in his first 1/2 marathon last year in Columbus after enduring 20+ surgeries following a car accident in 2004. Before his accident, Justin was always active but severe pain and multiple surgeries after his accident kept him from running. It was when his wife encouraged him to start running again for his mental well-being that Justin’s journey to good health began and he continues to be an inspiration.
Being a Spirit Award winner for Justin was “motivating” and a “dream come true.” Although Justin admits there are days when his body hurts or he is facing new challenges and doesn’t feel like running (he recently started a new business, Great Lakes Race Timing, and suffered the loss of his father), he thinks of all of his fellow Spirit Award winners and is strengthened by their stories and experiences.
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.