INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
SEVEN MARATHONS . . . SEVEN CONTINENTS
by Winter Vinecki
Winter had caught the racing bug at the tender age of eight, when she had already run a 10K race and knew she had talent to succeed. She decided to raise money for medical research, but the following year her that goal hit terribly close to home. Her dad, Michael, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. As a result, she desperately wanted to do something to help. She thought that if she could get some other athletes to join her in races and triathlons, together they could raise money to help fight this dreaded disease. Finally, with her mom’s help, she formed a nonprofit and named it Team Winter.
Winter swam, cycled, and ran her way through a triathlon. But it took the help of other Team Winter athletes, to began to raise real money for prostate cancer. Her goal was to increase awareness of this disease, but she also wanted to further prostate cancer research. She made it her mission to get a blue prostate cancer ribbon out there to match every pink breast cancer ribbon. Her website, Facebook, and Twitter pages helped her spread the word, and those numbers continued to grow. Despite all efforts, her dad lost his battle with this terrible disease.
After her dad had passed away, one day Winter was looking through the Guinness Book of World Records. The words, “The Youngest Person to Run a Marathon on All Seven Continents,” popped out at her. The minute she came across those words, Winter knew she wanted this record. But she didn’t want it just for herself. Most of all, she wanted it for her dad and for the 1 in 6 men affected by prostate cancer.
Winter pushed ahead, and although accepted into her first marathon at age thirteen, she felt she had a lot to prove. This proof was not just something she needed for herself, but also to her dad, whom she knew would be watching. Winter still remembers hearing her coach’s voice echo in her head as she hit mile twenty-three. Winter, you can run that course in 3:45:00. She felt it was as if her dad was right there next to her, pushing her to dig deeper and deeper.
Seven Marathons – Seven Continents
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Tales2Inspire ~ The Ruby Collection