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Finish Line staff share their stories of why they're running the San Diego Half-Marathon in this "I'm Running for Sofia" series.

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April 1st, 2013

I’m Running for Sofia: Alison’s Story

Team Finish Line is at it again! Our goal: to fundraise more than $150,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of 9-year-old Sofia Vezza, who was diagnosed with leukemia in December. This summer, our corporate team of 40-plus — including many members of the Finish Line PT staff — is running the San Diego Half Marathon (and other summer races) on June 2. In this “I’m Running For Sofia” series, our staff will share their stories of why they decided to run.

Spotlight on: Alison McGinnis
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Hi! My name is Alison, and I am a Physical Therapist here at Finish Line. If you have ever been my patient, you know I am not a “runner”. I grew up playing sports that involved speed and power, not endurance. Running a half marathon was never on my radar until I started working here two years ago. To me, a long run was two miles, and anything more than three was unthinkable. I always said I would never run a half-marathon, and for the last two years I’ve gotten away with it. But after Michael’s 9-year-old cousin, Sofia, was diagnosed with leukemia, the whole Finish Line team decided to run the San Diego Half-Marathon with Team in Training to raise money in her honor. And there was no way to say no to that. So I am now training for my very first (and probably my last) half-marathon.

The training has been okay so far, although I haven’t been the most diligent in following the training plan. It’s a bit of a rough transition from not running to running three times per week and exercising three more. Figuring out how to fit running into my schedule is not usually a top priority. But I’m working on it. Luckily there are plenty of weeks left to get my training in!

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