Putting Health First: How This Woman Persevered

As every runner toes the start line, within them resides the story that carried them there. Those stories are made up of moments that culminate in milestones.

The history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is made of moments and milestones created by runners just like you. In honor of our 20th anniversary celebration, we invite runners to share their most memorable running moments with us.

This is the story of Katrina B. from Wilmington, DE.


Putting Health First: How This Woman Persevered

I was a 10+ year smoker and said that if I got into the 2013 Broad Street Run, I would quit and finally put my health first. I got in, finished and hated every minute. But afterward, I figured if I could do 10 miles, why not do a half marathon?

That’s when I registered for the American Association for Cancer Research Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.

Running Philly the first time, I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was an emotional roller coaster, and the motivational signs had so much meaning considering I had just been diagnosed. I was in pain from recent biopsies but kept going.


After that race, I kept running because it meant I was still here. Every race was a physical and mental challenge. I ran alone, with friends, with strangers I met in running groups who are now friends.

Finishing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon this past year—three years later and in remission—I had a 30-minute improvement, which meant a lot to me. This year alone, I ran 19 races total between 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and even a Ragnar Relay.

I already have 10 lined up for 2017, many of which are Rock ‘n’ Roll races.

Katrina proudly showing off her Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia medals.

Every runner has a story. Share your favorite moments or memories from running with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.