Every person who is running the Publix Georgia Marathon or Half Marathon has a story.
Many are running to overcome adversity and others to raise money and awareness for a special cause.
Lisa Anderson is running for both reasons and she's living proof that it's never too late to be great.
Her path to a healthier life began about six years ago.
"I was 49 years old, my 50th birthday was right around the corner, and I'd let myself go," Anderson said.
Tipping the scales at 212 pounds, she decided it was time to make a change.
"I wasn't the person I knew that I truly wanted to be, and if I didn't take control of my life now, when was I going do it?" she asked.
Anderson started walking on the treadmill, and then running. After one year, she'd lost 75 pounds.
"I gave myself time. Everybody's after that quick fix and it doesn't happen overnight. It's not supposed to," she said.
Now she's inspiring others to do the same. She's a personal trainer and teaches fitness classes. She also organized a running team for the Publix Georgia Half Marathon.
"We're especially excited. Nobody in the group (aside from Anderson) has even tried to run this far before," Anderson said.
They're raising money for cancer research in honor of their friend, Kim Roberts. The young mother was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.
"I think they want to show me, not that they need to, but that they're willing to go through a lot of training and put themselves to the test," Roberts said. "It makes me feel incredible. I think it has it's own healing power."
Step by step, the women are getting stronger, and learning to believe that they can and will cross the finish line on March 17.
"There's going to be a lot of hoot and hollering and high five-ins going on because that's what we do," Anderson said.
Click here to learn more about "Living Healthy Lisa."
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