Runner’s Spotlight | Meet Cleo Delaney with Team Humans for Cheetahs


Ever wonder who’s standing next to you in your corral at the start line, or cheering you on when you’re about to give up during a race? As runners we all have a story, a motivation to run whether it’s a personal challenge, to stay fit, bond with friends, or raise money for charity.

In 2013, Cleo Delaney set a goal to walk the last 60 miles of the 500 mile El Camino Trail in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The El Camino Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Christian pilgrimage through idyllic Spanish countryside that leads to Cathedral de Santiago, where people believe the remains of Apostle St. James are entombed. Cleo trained for months so she could be prepared to walk 9-12 miles per day, the average distance it takes to reach the next town.

The walk was a life changing, spiritual journey, that has allowed Cleo to believe that you can achieve anything you set your mind to regardless of age. 

At 89 years old, Cleo will be participating in her first 10K at Rock ‘n’ Portland Half Marathon to benefit the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), with team Humans for Cheetahs on Sunday, May 18th.  To date she has raised nearly $400 to help save cheetahs in the wild.

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