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Sisters go the distance for common cause in marathon


Jay C. Upchurch April 30th, 2009

People run for different reasons. Some do it as part of their regular fitness regimen. Some are in it more for the competitive challenge. Others use running to relieve stress. When Jill Mayes...

in">As the sisters traversed the scenic course, beginning at 6:30 a.m. near the Memorial, their focus on the ultimate cause was occasionally interrupted by the aches and pains that can often accompany distance running.

Because of the heat, both sisters suffered from dehydration, and Mayes was slowed by a sore knee that had bothered her over the weeks leading up to the race. It took some additional encouragement from little sister Jill to help generate a happy ending.

"I was struggling pretty good because (my knee) was really hurting me the last couple of miles," said Mayes, who pointed to the fact her sister stayed by her side, yelling encouragement, as one of the reasons she kept going.

It was tough love, but it worked.

"There was no way I wasn't going to finish that race, and Jill stuck with me every step," Mayes said.

"It was pretty emotional to finish the race together," said Mayes-Schanuel, flashing a smile at her big sister. "It's been great doing this together, working toward our goal and ultimately completing it for a memorable cause."

OFF TO THE RACES
Cinco de Mayo Clean Air Challenge (5K/Fun Run)
Friday, May 1
Tulsa

Body Vs. Earth Triathlon
Saturday, May 2
Lake Elmer Thomas, Fort Sill

Health for Friends (5K)
Saturday, May 2
317 E. Himes Street, Norman

5th Annual Jim Thorpe Courage Run (5K)
Saturday, May 2
Southwest 104th & Penn, OKC

Amy Eskue Memorial Run (5K/10K)
Saturday, May 2
Okeene Community Center

Join Hands Day (5K)
Saturday, May 2
Cashion

Bricktown Blaze (5K)
Saturday, May 2
Bricktown

Family Promise Run (5K/FUN RUN)
Sunday, May 3
Shawnee

St. Joe's 5K Run and Fun Run
Friday, May 8
Muskogee

Clean Air Challenge (5K)
Saturday, May 9
Oklahoma City Zoo

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