Some of us run to get strong. Some of us run to say we did. And, Juli Aistars, Northwest Community Healthcare’s lung nurse navigator, runs to raise money to help people with lung cancer being treated at NCH.
On Thursday, July 14, Juli will begin the 2016 Last Annual Vol State road race – a 500 kilometer run across the state of Tennessee. That’s 314 miles. In 10 days or less.
This will be Juli’s fourth crossing, with a personal best of five days, six hours, in 2014. In fact, she is the only female to have won the race (2010) in its close to 40-year history.
What makes Juli run? Or, more importantly, what keeps her running? Here’s what she wrote in 2013 in a race report blog:
“Life is full of obstacles. We hear about them every day – injuries, blood clots, addictions, surgery, family and personal issues, disputes, job losses, challenging children, relatives or friends, and much more. As long as it doesn’t kill us, it makes us stronger. This is what we have to believe. Theodore Roosevelt once said, ‘Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.’ And I say, ‘Keep believing, and you will conquer the other half.’”
To read more about Juli’s Tennessee journey, visit her Facebook page. To donate to her cause, visit the NCH Foundation page and type in “Juli’s Vol State Run” under special instructions.