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Running for a purpose

A Local woman from Dayton has been preparing for the Boston Marathon. She never thought running would be her way of giving back.

Posted: Mar 17, 2019 5:47 PM

DAYTON, Ind (WLFI)—Dayton native Kim McMunn didn’t expect to make a difference by running.

“I’m kind of, I’m kind of an everyday person,” said McMunn.

Kim is preparing to run the Boston marathon.

"I'm going to do a marathon in six hours,” said McMunn. “But I'm going to get it done and, if I can do it you can do it too."

She's a part of a non-profit organization called 261 Fearless. The group of women encourages other women to put one foot in front of the other and break barriers.

"I'm not one of these elite athletes,” said McMunn. “That can go and do a marathon in just under two hours and be fast."

It all started with inspiration. Her friend, Wayne, who died of cancer, was a runner and encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone, to go for it.

"I remember a conversation with him on Facebook when I was running the Indy mini for the first time,” said McMunn. “And he had inspired me without even knowing it."

Kim continued that inspiration and has dedicated 4 months to prepare for the Boston marathon. Despite the devastating bombing, that also affected her family.

"My family was actually present at the race the year of the Boston bombing,” said McMunn. “And, I mean we were frantically calling trying to make sure they were okay."

Even though her family made it out okay, someone Kim considered family lost their life.

“A family friend was one of the officers that was killed shortly thereafter,” said McMunn. “So it did hit close to home for us."

Kim now dedicates every mile marker to those who have inspired her. She’s running for a purpose. Continuing the legacy of making a difference as so many did for her.

"I'm collecting names of people to run in their honor,” said McMunn. “For example, mile 13 I'll be running for a nanny and pop.”

To learn more about the non-profit organization 261 Fearless you can do so here. 

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