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Name: Elena Sonnino

Location: Fairfax, VA


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Elena Sonnino

Favorite Quote:

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up” – Dean Karnazes

Why do you run?

The short answer – I run because my oncologist told me that I couldn’t. In 1997 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and after several months of chemotherapy, had chemo-induced lung damage. My oncologist described the impact by saying that I would never be able to run a marathon. Five years later, I decided to prove him wrong by running my first Marine Corps Marathon.   Although I am a slow runner, and my motivation has changed over time – every time I lace up my shoes, I am reminded that above all else: I am, and will always be – a survivor.

Favorite place to run:

Locally in Washington DC, along the C & O Canal Towpath near Great Falls. While traveling: Central Park, the Lakefront Trail in Chicago and the Virginia Beach boardwalk. (Clearly I like seeing the water when I run!)

Running gear you can not live without:

iPod Nano, Maui Jim sunglasses, Sparkly Soul headbands, Athleta running capriis/shorts and my iPhone (you never know when a great photo opp might cross my path, like a snail along the trail on a run in Longboat Key, Florida).

When not running where would we find you?

Traveling, hiking with my family or working on my core strength at the Pilates studio.

Favorite post race fuel:

Vitamin water and an apricot-coconut bliss ball (dried apricots, cranberries, coconut, almond butter, and almonds)

Song you want to hear at the finish line:

“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction