Local Breast Cancer Survivor Runs 275th Marathon - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Breast Cancer Survivor Runs 275th Marathon

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Many of us enjoy running, but there is one local woman who is setting records. Her name is Carol Dellinger and she runs a marathon once every three to four weeks. But, this Saturday, she hit a pretty big milestone.

Saturday, Carol ran in the 7th Annual Centennial Trail run making it her 275th marathon.

That means in her lifetime, Carol has already run more than 7,000 miles. She started running the races as a dare, but after being diagnosed with breast cancer and surviving, running has become more than just a passion of hers. Instead, it has become an inspiration.

“Anybody that gets a diagnosis of you have cancer, nobody wants to hear that, and I just decided right then and there that cancer had picked the wrong woman to mess with,” Carol Dellinger said. “I was just going to dig deep and get through it and that's exactly what I did. To this day, I feel that cancer didn't win the battle. I won the battle.”

Four years and 40 marathons ago, Carol's cancer was discovered during a routine mammogram. It was a diagnosis that hit close to home because her sister battled breast cancer and her mom passed away from it. Therefore, when carol found out she too would have to fight, she was determined to beat it.

Carol had a mastectomy and lost her right breast. Then, just nine short weeks later, she was back running marathons.

From Arizona to Honolulu, she has traveled all over the country to keep running and Saturday, she completed her 275th marathon. However, with as many as she has run, she says it is the races she has finished as a survivor that have been the most important.

“After going through breast cancer, each marathon I’ve run has become more and more special,” Carol said. “I can really be honest to tell you that, that last mile of the marathon yesterday, I was running with a friend and she was encouraging me and saying hey Carol you’re doing it, and inside all I could think of is what I’ve overcome and what I have been through. It just makes it that much more sweeter when you get that medal around your neck.”

Carol’s goal is to run 500 marathons, which would mean she would have run more than 13,000 miles in marathons alone.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • At Glastonbury, Depp asks about assassinating the president

    Friday, June 23 2017 1:31 PM EDT2017-06-23 17:31:01 GMT

    LOS ANGELES - Johnny Depp has asked a crowd at the Glastonbury Festival when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. The remarks came during a segment Thursday in which Depp was speaking about President Donald Trump. He asked the question at the annual festival that celebrates the performing arts.

    >>

    LOS ANGELES - Johnny Depp has asked a crowd at the Glastonbury Festival when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. The remarks came during a segment Thursday in which Depp was speaking about President Donald Trump. He asked the question at the annual festival that celebrates the performing arts.

    >>
  • Mothers describe witnessing attempted child luring near Glass Park

    Mothers describe witnessing attempted child luring near Glass Park

    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:58 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:58:25 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Do you know where your kids are? Thankfully, two women say they were around after a man tried to lure their kids into his car. It happened Wednesday morning in North Spokane near Glass Park off of Hoffman Street. Spokane Police say they are calling this an attempted child luring and they are actively searching for the man. Misty Coleman-Woods says a man in a Subaru pulled up to her home around 10:30 a.m. on 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Do you know where your kids are? Thankfully, two women say they were around after a man tried to lure their kids into his car. It happened Wednesday morning in North Spokane near Glass Park off of Hoffman Street. Spokane Police say they are calling this an attempted child luring and they are actively searching for the man. Misty Coleman-Woods says a man in a Subaru pulled up to her home around 10:30 a.m. on 

    >>
  • PHOTOS: $450,000 home in Seattle vs. $450,000 home in Spokane

    PHOTOS: $450,000 home in Seattle vs. $450,000 home in Spokane

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-06-21 23:33:56 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Location, location, location.  You may have seen a post making its way around social media of a house listing in Seattle for nearly $450,000. That sounds about right for the area, right? Well this house is a bit of a fixer upper. The kind with lots of potential if you invest the time and money.  Currently, however, it is shown on the real estate site Redfin in less than perfect condition. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Location, location, location.  You may have seen a post making its way around social media of a house listing in Seattle for nearly $450,000. That sounds about right for the area, right? Well this house is a bit of a fixer upper. The kind with lots of potential if you invest the time and money.  Currently, however, it is shown on the real estate site Redfin in less than perfect condition. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Homeless Hoopfest team counts points and blessings

    Homeless Hoopfest team counts points and blessings

    Saturday, June 24 2017 1:27 AM EDT2017-06-24 05:27:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Hoopfest is about much more than just basketball. Each team has their own story -- and for some, the path was paved with blood sweat and tears.    Today I met a team who has become a brotherhood from under the bridge. When it comes to tournament time, any basketball player will tell you its all about the shoes But for Randy Slone, a new pair of Nikes is about much more than just the swoosh "They recruited me asking me if I had history w...

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Hoopfest is about much more than just basketball. Each team has their own story -- and for some, the path was paved with blood sweat and tears.    Today I met a team who has become a brotherhood from under the bridge. When it comes to tournament time, any basketball player will tell you its all about the shoes But for Randy Slone, a new pair of Nikes is about much more than just the swoosh "They recruited me asking me if I had history w...

    >>
  • Man shot by deputy in Burien was carrying pen, not knife

    Man shot by deputy in Burien was carrying pen, not knife

    Saturday, June 24 2017 12:55 AM EDT2017-06-24 04:55:58 GMT
    Man shot by deputy in Burien was carrying pen, not knifeMan shot by deputy in Burien was carrying pen, not knife

    BURIEN, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man who was fatally shot by a King County Sheriff's deputy in Burien was carrying a pen and not a knife as initially reported. The Seattle Times reports the sheriff's office originally said Tommy Le had what was believed to be a knife and advanced on two deputies around midnight June 13. Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West says deputies were called for reports of gunshots when a homeowner fired his handgun at the groun...

    >>

    BURIEN, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man who was fatally shot by a King County Sheriff's deputy in Burien was carrying a pen and not a knife as initially reported. The Seattle Times reports the sheriff's office originally said Tommy Le had what was believed to be a knife and advanced on two deputies around midnight June 13. Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West says deputies were called for reports of gunshots when a homeowner fired his handgun at the groun...

    >>
  • Iron-couple: an Ironman love story

    Iron-couple: an Ironman love story

    Saturday, June 24 2017 12:43 AM EDT2017-06-24 04:43:03 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A love story in the lake city.  KHQ Local News reporter Adam Mayer met not just an 'iron man' but an 'iron couple.' Brian Lambert and Kelly Emich will be competing together on the same course where they met one year ago. Thousands of athletes swim, bike, and run their way to Coeur d'Alene every summer from all parts of the country.  Brian and Kelly both came from Boulder, Colorado- without knowing each other.  After the half Ironman, they ...

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A love story in the lake city.  KHQ Local News reporter Adam Mayer met not just an 'iron man' but an 'iron couple.' Brian Lambert and Kelly Emich will be competing together on the same course where they met one year ago. Thousands of athletes swim, bike, and run their way to Coeur d'Alene every summer from all parts of the country.  Brian and Kelly both came from Boulder, Colorado- without knowing each other.  After the half Ironman, they ...

    >>