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Local Breast Cancer Survivor Runs 275th Marathon

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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.

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