OCEANSIDE – For 13 lucky participants, the race to the finish line of the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon starts today.
Selected as the 2014 class of the ‘Lucky 13,’ Tri-City Wellness Center’s training program, each runner brings a personal tale of conquering adversity such as a congenital heart defect, stroke, fibromyalgia and diabetes.
The participants, who range in age from 22-73, will have access to specialized training led by coaches from Tri-City Wellness Center and In Motion Fit, a six-month membership to the Wellness Center, and a personal health assessment in addition to weekly group training. Coaches Siene Freeman, Melanee Thys, and Paul Carey will lead the program on behalf of Tri-City Wellness Center, alongside Katie Johnson, Shanthi Lackey, Kim Guillen, Maureen Ferrel, and Larry Padilla of In Motion Fit.
Running the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half has an even stronger significance for several of the members who have been treated by the medical center’s outstanding physicians and staff. Orthopedist Dr. Neville Alleyne has played a critical role for two of the Lucky 13 class. Dr. Alleyne expedited the recovery of Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Chair Don Reedy after he sustained a neck injury in a car accident, and Yvonne McMahon, a Vista teacher who was an avid short-distance runner before a back injury temporarily took her out of commission.
“I have been through so much in my short life, and through it all I have discovered how strong and resilient I am,” said Charlotte Dwyer, 22, who has overcome bulimia and anorexia to start creating healthy habits including running. “I can do absolutely anything I set my mind to, as I have proven to myself over the years. This is the time to prove what I am truly capable of.”
Other members of the 2014 Lucky 13 include DeEllen Brasher, Shiella McNulty, Kie Ho, Daniella Visciglio, Kathleen Miller, Elizabeth Cammack, Jane Sage, Judy Miller, Thomas Urban, and Laura Sullivan.
2013 Lucky 13 team member Michelle Bell was sidelined a month before the race with an un-related broken foot. The wellness center invited her back to train with the team this year and complete her first half marathon.
“This year, with Michelle back, it’s the Lucky 13.1,” said trainer Siene Freeman.
As one of the marathon’s official charities, Tri-City Hospital Foundation has been selected by the 2014 Lucky 13 team as the recipient of the team’s fundraising efforts.
The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon, recognized by Runner’s World as one of the best in the country, draws over 10,000 competitors from across the US and other countries annually.