“COVID canceled my first Ultra (50k) to have been held in May 2020. I also was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2020, right before the pandemic. I was to run Paris, the ultra and then NYC marathons all in 2020. I did them all virtually but the one that stands out the most for me is the NYC because I had already had my double mastectomy. It was impossible to train for it so I ran it without training and without my boobs. LOL which we did on the day it should’ve been. Two weeks before my double mastectomy my boyfriend planned the route starting at my childhood home, ending at Central Park and we ran it together.” —Helga L., New York
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