110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Race is Feb. 2 in Downtown DeLand
posted Jan 29, 2013 - 7:41:52am
DeLandite Linda Ryan is looking forward to this year’s Me Strong Linda’s Run for the Dream 5K. This year, she is free of chemotherapy and cancer.
“I feel really good, and my strength is definitely increasing,” Ryan said.
Ryan had her last round of chemotherapy just after running the January 2012 Me Strong race. Her cancer has been in remission since March 2012.
“I think it’ll be a great run,” Ryan said.
Ryan and friends Barbara Underhill, Kathy Guyer, Kim Martin and Kim Winters founded the race in 2012. The group of ladies is also known as the “Livin’ the Dream Team,” or LTD.
LTD will handle the logistics of this year’s race. Ryan and her team want the event to promote healthy everyday living, active lifestyles and camaraderie.
Many community members will be returning to Downtown DeLand for the event this year. DeLandite Lindsay Elliott is looking forward to her second year running the Me Strong 5K.
The 2012 race was Elliott’s first-ever 5K after completing the “Couch to 5K” training program.
“I’m looking forward to the atmosphere, being part of an incredible run, and being proud of achieving and completing this 5K,” Elliott said.
She said that training for the race kick-started a healthier lifestyle for her and her husband, Paul.
“We try to do some exercise or outdoor activity every day, from running to yoga to swimming or biking. We have found that we feel better, have greater energy, and it is getting out of the house, off the couch and enjoying life together,” Lindsay Elliott said.
The race will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at 123 W. Indiana Ave. in Downtown DeLand. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the race and costs $30. Advance registration, available through Jan. 30, costs $30 and can be completed online at www.mestrong.net.
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