Community Stories: Lynn Dilley

Published on September 27, 2022 in

Team Jeep 2016
Team Jeep After Race
Team Jeep 2022

I ran my first Run United race in 2016 – the event’s inaugural year. It was more than a challenge against other runners, it was a challenge against all the things that had previously seemed impossible. I had given up running when my son was born 10 years earlier. As I approached my 40th birthday, I set a personal goal to run a half marathon. To say I was rusty is an understatement, but I was determined.

There were only 30 of us on Team Jeep that first year. I’m proud of how we’ve grown and persevered since then. Last year, Team Jeep had 234 participants and more supporters than we can count. I’m proud to be participating for the seventh consecutive year. I’ve run 11 half marathons since I turned 40 but Run United remains my favorite because of the team effort and because it’s such a great cause.

I look at my two boys and I can’t imagine not being able to provide them with books or technology and all the things they need to be successful. I love that with Run United, I can help other kids thrive. That’s what keeps me motivated. It’s also about staying healthy and inspiring my boys to know that they can overcome any challenge. If I can do it, they can do it, and so can anyone else who sets their mind to it.

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