The final, most difficult lap was reserved for Neary’s husband and kids. She calls them her “best adventure.” They approached the finish line together, but after 26.2 miles, they wanted Neary to cross her finish line alone. Hands in the air, surrounded by cheers, signs and loved ones from throughout her life, the moment was hers to bask in.
Neary says, “I have more confidence today than I have ever had in my entire life. Everyone should do something like this.”
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By Kate Schwartz. Kate ran her first race when she was in fourth grade. Now an adult, she’s writes about running for the Fleet Feet blog and helps create videos for the Fleet Feet brand. But there was plenty of running in between: Kate was the South Carolina high school state champion in the 1600m and 3200m and ran collegiately at Mars Hill University before settling into adult life.
Now, she lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina, where she drinks coffee and runs for the Asheville Running Collective.