Amy Donaldson: Running saved Payson woman after accident stole her brother's life

Published: Sunday, April 7 2013 7:20 p.m. MDT

“It’s all happened so fast. It’s been really overwhelming,” she said. “I haven’t had any coaching, but I have influences, friends, who have helped me along the way.”

In fact, nearly all of her friends are people she’s met through the sport.

“It’s changed my life in so many ways,” she said. “Running absolutely 100 percent saved my life. It helped me cope with my brother’s death. The thought of living without him was ... well, running saved me. It taught me I can move forward. I can fight.”

Her favorite aspect of the sport is that runners of all abilities share so much of what makes the sport special.

“It doesn’t matter what anyone can do,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re fast or slow. It’s the shared passion that makes running so unique. … It’s all about being out there and being grateful for every, single step.”

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