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KYRA A. FUNDRAISER :

Racing For A Cure

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I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis earlier this year during training for my third half marathon. I decided last year to tackle 3 half marathons during 2018 and RA definitely threw me a curve ball mid-year. I ran the first one and was hooked so I continued training. The second half marathon, I actually ran unknowing I had RA. Almost all the symptoms were there and I finished the race with one huge swollen finger. Shortly after symptoms began to progress and become aggressive, leaving me tired and in pain and ultimately unable to train the way I wanted to for the final race of the year. We finally figured out I had Rheumatoid Arthritis and not without a bout of sickness and some lingering pain I pushed through training for the last race. The last half marathon went beautfully as I felt the strongest and I finished with my best time of the year! It's safe to say that while knowing you have an autoimmune disease, motivation for training can be difficult, but the accomplishment of completing a race is worth it. Now I am moving on to triathlons because it turns out I enjoy swimming and biking more than running. My next race will be my first Olympic Distance Triathlon: October 7th in Playa del Rey, CA. I hope that in 2019 I can race in as many Olympic Triathlons and AquaBikes as I can to prepare for an Ironman 70.3 in 2020. Thank you for reading and your support as I Race For A Cure!
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