When Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was newly diagnosed with melanoma in January, her surgical oncologist acknowledged the delicate and difficult nature of having cancer and being the public face of the Emerald City.
Some might say she was at the peak of health and fitness. The prior summer, Ali Spain completed the TransRockies Run, a six-day ultra trail race that covered 120 miles at elevation in the Rocky Mountains. Then at the age of 47, her breast cancer diagnosis changed everything.
Rebecca Seago-Coyle became a long-distance runner in 2009 at the age of 34. “I planned to walk and run alternate miles my first marathon, which was in Portland,” she said, “but I ended up running the whole thing. I loved it!” She ran a half-marathon a few months later and decided that 35 was going to be her year. “I wanted to be known for doing something,” Rebecca said, “and I decided to run or ride my bicycle in an event every month of 2010.”