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Race to the Start Line

Amy HaveranRunning the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday wasn’t the challenge for Amy Heveran. A 34-year-old Chicago PE teacher, Heveran owes her muscular legs to logging more than 45 half marathons.

Getting to the startling line, that was the test.

Heveran coaches the Jones College Prep softball team and because of the state playoff schedule wasn’t able to book her plane ticket to Manchester, England, until Friday. Cost of the fare: $1,200.

Heveran ran 21 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events in 2015 and this year she’s doubling down, trying to run the maximum 25 of 26 races in the series. Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis and Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver are on the same day.

After a 2-hour flight from Chicago to Newark, N.J., then a 7-hour flight from Newark to Manchester, Heveran touched down at 7:40 a.m. Sunday, 80 minutes before the half marathon gun.

She was met at the airport by two friends in a rental car who were running the race, changed in the back seat and arrived at the start line with 10 minutes to spare.

Heveran’s finish time: 1 hour, 56 minutes, 25 seconds. Asked how she celebrated, Heveran said, “As I always do, go straight to the beer garden.”

As for why she spends weekends globetrotting, packing and unpacking, waiting in TSA lines, touring cities 13.1 miles at a time on foot, Heveran said, “I love to travel and I love to be active. It makes me feel healthy.

“And I get to show my students (a healthy lifestyle), not tell them. It’s exciting.”