Woman Runs 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks to End Cancer


Julie Weiss is the Energizer Bunny of marathon runners. For 52 weeks, she kept on going and going and going.

On Sunday, she finally stopped. As she crossed the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon, she reached her goal of running a marathon every week for a year to raise awareness for the disease that killed her father.

"Pancreatic cancer is my only competition out there and I intend to beat it," she told TODAY.

She started her mission with a marathon in Rome and followed with a race every weekend throughout the United States and Canada. She would work her 9-to-5 job during the week and then immediately hop on a plane. She finished each race with a huge smile and arms raised -- and then head back home Sunday.

So far, Weiss has raised $177, 378 for the charity, according to her website www.MarathonGoddess.com, a play off the nickname she's been dubbed by fans.

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