Charly Haley, The Forum, Published May 18 2013
Among last to finish marathon, woman says not finishing ‘not negotiable’
Her knees buckled as a result of a former injury, and she fell onto the street.
“I kept just rubbing my hip and praying, and it kind of came back,” said the Prior Lake, Minn., woman who ran her first marathon Saturday.
She said she hobbled until about Mile 13.
It helped her to have the crowd cheering her name, which was printed on the purple shirt she wore representing the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Around Mile 19, another LLS runner who’d finished her marathon came to run by Overcashier’s side.
Near the end, someone told Overcashier the doors at the Fargodome finish line would close if she didn’t finish in the marathon’s 7-hour time limit.
“And I don’t know what happened. Something just happened inside of me and I said, ‘Thanks for telling me that,’ and I just took off,” Overcashier said.
And she made it before the doors closed. Wearing bib No. 1563, Overcashier was one of the last runners of the marathon, finishing in 7 hours, 1 minute and 1 second.
“It was not negotiable. I had to finish,” she said.
When she finished around 3:15 p.m., the Fargodome wasn’t packed with people like it had been earlier in the day, but there were still a few groups of fans at the finish line.
Overcashier ran the marathon for LLS because her friend Randy Westphal of Eden Prairie, Minn., is battling leukemia.
Westphal said cancer patients can’t express enough gratitude toward runners and others who raise funds and awareness. He said he’s taking a chemotherapy drug and working toward remission.
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