It's "the" week for local runners. Marathon weekend begins Friday with the Marathon Expo at the IX Center and then five races, of various lengths, over the weekend.
And for 19 Action News This Morning Anchor Catherine Bosley, the marathon provides another opportunity to prove a point, to herself.
Catherine is much more than a reporter, she's a wife, a daughter, a friend, a runner and a survivor. It was 1998 and she was wondering why she couldn't improve her times or extend her distance, when a doctor visit revealed she literally had a ticking time bomb in her chest. Just weeks after that doctor visit, Catherine had open heart surgery to repair a hole in her heart and a leaky valve.
She was lucky, "If they wouldn't have detected the problem they said I wouldn't have made it to age 40, I would have been one of those people who died, and no one knew why," she said.
The surgery was successful and she vowed to run, and not just around the block, she wanted to run marathons. And she has, 11 of them, all over the country, in Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus, San Francisco and Cleveland.
She says, "I proved my point, but I still feel this dedication and commitment to running."
And that's because she hopes to inspire others dealing with health problems or just struggling to get an exercise program started. "It's about finishing, about surviving and about telling anybody, if they want to do it, they can do it, if I can do it," she said.
And she will do it, her best, Sunday in marathon number 12, and it will be another huge victory. "Just finishing is really winning for me, when I take on the marathon," she said.