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Bobbi Farley of Eau Claire (WI) Moms on the Run was adamant she would never run a marathon. Running seven years with Moms on the Run and completing 13 half marathons, she was certain 13.1 was her body's max. Her team, however, inspired her to think differently. Bobbi decided to register and train for her first marathon in the spring of 2019. Two weeks before race day, unfortunately, her goal was cut short when she received crushing news: She had colon cancer.
"I was totally devastated by this news," recalls Bobbi, "as it came out of nowhere." She had no warning signs and no family history, and now she had to prepare for surgery.
Three weeks post-surgery, Bobbi slowly returned to training with a newfound desire to run a marathon. She registered for Twin Cities Marathon for fall of 2020 — then Covid hit. Strike two. With the race pivoting to virtual, Bobbi decided to continue training. With the help of her son planning a route and her husband and sons running, biking and cheering for her along the course, Bobbi crossed the finish line of her first marathon on Oct. 10.
"Bobbi has been an inspiration to so many women in Eau Claire Moms on the Run," raves Eau Claire Owner Danielle LeBarron. "Even if the path to a goal of hers isn't a straight line, she forges ahead with positivity and perseverance (while most likely wearing hot pink!). We are so fortunate to have Bobbi as an example of how to focus on and achieve whatever goal you set!"
We love that spirit and determination and are so proud to call Bobbi December's Most Inspiring Member.
Q: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
A: "I am a 55-year-old mother of three wonderful sons, married for 34 years to my loving and supportive husband. Besides running, I love to hike, golf, bike, kayak, pretty much anything outdoors. My favorite quiet time ( indoors) would be reading a good book."
Q: What advice would you give to someone considering joining Moms on the Run?
A: "I would say to anyone thinking about joining Moms On The Run, Do It!! You will not regret it, it's not just for the experienced runner. Walker, learn to runner or intermediate, there is a spot for everyone."
And Bobbi has one final message: "Please get your colonoscopy. Remember, I had no warning signs and no family history."