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Paralegal Runs a Marathon in Every State

I was feeling pretty ambitious after resolving to run in a 5k race in 2010, but I have to admit that some of the air left my sails when I read that in October 2009, Terri O’Leary, a marketing paralegal at Coca-Cola in Atlanta, met her goal of running a marathon in every state.

Even Alaska.

The idea to run marathons across America wasn’t born overnight, said O’Leary, of Tucker. After running a marathon in Washington, D.C., she came across the 50 States Marathon Club for people who had achieved that goal.

(This club is real, readers – but they won’t even look at your application until you’ve completed marathons in 10 states.)

O’Leary inspires me when she says she’s realistic about her abilities and isn’t fast – but runs to finish.

Paralegals are the best at finishing what they start. I’m going to remember that when that first 3.1 mile race feels like Forrest Gump running across America for “3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours.”

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

4 Responses to Paralegal Runs a Marathon in Every State

  1. What about taking a short walk in all 50 states? Is there a club for that? I might be able to do that! Bravo to you and Terri for being ambitious and fit enough to run marathons.
    And that's my resolution…to get fit enough to run a marathon, but not to actually run one. 😉 Hey, I know my limitations!

  2. Another legal assistant/paralegal here in Georgia. What a thrill that must be for Terri. I'm trying to finish my first 1/2 Marathon in February. Injuries keep postponing my training. My hat is off to you!

    Carol Valentine

  3. Dream, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you're able to recover from those injuries and get back to training, but whatever you do, hang in there. Running – or any form of regular exercise – is such a great outlet for paralegals.

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