Inspiring Latina of the Week: Marathon Runner Stefanie Frances

What's your favorite race day memory?

Running my 30th Marathon at Nike Women’s Marathon 2012. I had 4 AMAZING friends who ran with me all the way to the finish! I hadn’t been able to train properly for this race. That wasn’t going to stop me. I was determined to finish this marathon. Sandy, Trista, Harold and Brett supported and encouraged me all the way to the finish line. They would not leave my side. I love them and appreciate them with all my heart!

What do you hope readers of Latina.com get out of your story?

Follow your dream. Never give up! Don’t be discouraged. Whatever life's ups and downs are, God will give you the desires of your heart…you just have to believe.

Anything else you'd like to share?

Life is a gift.. My faith in God has gotten me through many difficult times in my life and I want people to know how grateful I am for everyday of life that I’m blessed with.

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