Women's Sports: Kikkan Randall to run in the New York City Marathon after cancer recovery

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Olympic Champion and cross-country skier Kikkan Randall is running a New York City Marathon on November 3rd in celebration of her successful recovery from cancer.

The 17 U.S National titles winner was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2018 following a gold medal win in the cross-country skiing team sprint at Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. 

Randall will be part of a group of 26 inspirational runners on the Team #MovedMe consisting of world athletes, influencers and supporters of charities.

Some people taking part are Dave Fraser, born with cerebral palsy and competing in his 12th New York marathon, Mama Cox a model with a prosthetic leg and Sean Henessy a former college athlete and recovering addict.

Randall will be running on behalf of the foundation AKTIV Against Cancer who have a mission of incorporating physical activity into cancer recovery. The foundation was set up by New York City Marathon winner Grete Waitz who lost her life to cancer in April 2011.

Kikkan Randall documented her Breast cancer journey on her blog and continued to stay motivated.

"I made this 10-minute rule with myself where even if I was feeling really crummy, I would go out and try to do something for 10 minutes.

I was so glad that I didn’t shut down the moment I got that diagnosis because continuing to [stay active] helped me get through it, and also helped me rebound quicker."

As we reach the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month, at Give Me Sport we encourage you to still support charities such as AKTIV Against Cancer, Breast Cancer Now and help fight against breast cancer.

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