Bristol resident prepares for surgery by joining marathon

Lee Falk of Bristol

Since 2010, the Hartford Marathon Foundation has recognized local runners with incredible and inspiring stories, honoring them at the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon as part of a special group called the Aiello Inspiration Team.

Lee Falk will be honored as part of the Aiello Inspiration Team this year. In 2016, running helped Lee get physically and mentally prepared for life-threatening surgery to remove a rare brain tumor. Two days before the operation, she completed the 2016 Hartford Marathon Foundation Amica Iron Horse 10K, stronger than ever and feeling good. After surgery, she pinned her race bib to her hospital shirt, proudly displaying her accomplishment as she recovered with a walker in the hospital’s halls.

“Lacing up my shoes was my road to recovery,” she says. Just four months later, she crossed the Eversource Hartford Half Marathon finish line, running in celebration of her life. This year will be her first full marathon, and she feels gratitude and pride as she logs each mile to the get to the finish line.

2017 Aiello Inspiration Team members represent a vast array of backgrounds, experiences, ages and running goals.

The 2017 Aiello Inspiration Team members are:

Sonya Alexander, Fairfield, CT – Charity 5K
Allan Darrow, New Milford, CT – Marathon
Lee Falk, Bristol, CT – Marathon
Kayla Giacin, New York, NY – Half Marathon
Danielle Marcue, Portland, CT – Half Marathon
Ed Rudman, Rocky Hill, CT- Marathon
Nan McKernon, Middlebury, CT – Half Marathon
Paul Smith, West Hartford, CT – Half Marathon
Sammi Verbickas, Torrington, CT – Half Marathon
Bryan Williams, Leicester, MA – Half Marathon

This year’s team includes inspiring individuals who have shared moving stories on the many reasons they run – they run to honor loved ones who have passed away, they run for weight loss and health, they run to overcome illness or difficult times.

Members of the Aiello Inspiration Team will receive special VIP treatment the Eversource Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, Charity 5K and Team 26.2 Relay events that take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, in Bushnell Park, Hartford.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation is joined by Aiello Home Services, sponsor of the team, in the effort to recognize individuals whose determination and perseverance serve as an inspiration and motivation for others.

More information on the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon can be found at, on and on Twitter @runHMF.

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