Posted By: Daniel Hettinger

I am so excited to have an opportunity to share my story. I have been a runner my whole life and absolutely love the sport. The high it brings, the gratification, the challenges, and setting new goals.

In 2008, I decided that I wanted to run my first marathon. I have done 5k’s and 10k’s in the past but never a marathon. After reading an article in Runner’s World Magazine, I realized that one of the up and coming marathons was right here in front of me. I decided I wanted to run the Akron Marathon. I would begin an 18 week training program towards the end of April/beginning of May.

Little did I know that I would begin a fight with testicular cancer and not be able to run the marathon that year. While the 2008 Marathon was happening, I was dealing with radiation therapy.

On June 17th, 2013, I celebrated remission. On September 28th, 2013, I finished the Akron Marathon in 3 hours and 23 minutes.

To many people, running Boston or New York is their ultimate running goal. But to me, finishing the race that cancer stopped me from racing the same year I celebrated officially defeating cancer…well, that is my Boston Marathon. Akron is and always will be the most important and most meaningful race I ever run.

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