First Person With Dwarfism to Complete Boston Marathon Talks About Overcoming Obstacles in Life

Mar 9, 2016

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SUNY Geneseo is hosting a presentation Wednesday afternoon on how to be an agent of change in your own life and channel your greatest strengths.

The speaker is Juli Windsor.

Juli knows something about perseverance and resilience. When she was 15, she set a goal of becoming the first runner with dwarfism to complete the Boston Marathon.

Thirteen years later, in 2013, when she was 27, Juli was about to realize her dream.  She was a half mile from the finish line at the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions rocked the course.  The chaos and confusion that ensued meant Juli had to postpone her dream for another year.

She trained for months and entered the marathon for a second time in 2014. This was no easy feat. At 3-foot- 9, Juli has to take twice as many steps as the average sized adult.   But she led the race for the first 10 miles and crossed the finish line in 4 hours 43 minutes and 26 seconds.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with Juli Windsor.

Her presentation is at SUNY Geneseo's MacVittie College Union Ballroom Wednesday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.