Pete Tanguay

Life is a Marathon – Run Hard, Finish Strong

by on Mar.09, 2010, under My NF Hero

The night before the marathon they had a pasta dinner for the entire NF endurance team and as part of the evening I gave Mavia a 2009 Chicago Marathon medal with her name engraved on the back along with the words – “Life is a marathon.  Run hard, finish strong”.  The story behind this medal is that I ran the last 20 miles of the Chicago Marathon in 2009, pacing a friend Melissa and we ran in honor of Teresa, a running friend who was undergoing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the time.  Thankfully, Teresa’s chemo is over and she is now back out running with us.  At the end I got a medal, even though I wasn’t officially in the race.  They just gave me one as I came across the finish line.  I decided to have Teresa’s name engraved on it with Melissa’s finishing time when we were all at the Nike store and Melissa was getting hers engraved.  Later another running friend of mine, Curt, who also unofficially ran the Chicago marathon (long story) gave me his medal as he has 9 of them already. 

The weekend before the marathon I was trying to decide what I could give Mavia when I met her and I realized I needed to give away my marathon medal again.  So I had her name engraved on the back along with the words “Life is a Marathon – Run Hard, Finish Strong”.  Below is the video of her receiving the medal from my daughter Madeleine after I told the story of the medal.  This is really what the 2010 Little Rock Marathon was all about for me. 

Chicago Marathon Medal Presentation to Mavia Evenson

3 comments for this entry:
  1. Melissa

    Pete,
    I am inspired by your generousity and thoughtfulness of others. Chicago ’09 will always be a highlight in my marathon memories!
    You are so fun!!!!!!
    I loved the video!
    See you soon,
    Melissa

  2. Michael

    Pete,
    What an amazing event and congratulations on all of your efforts! The video is adorable and made Leslie and I laugh. Very enjoyable!
    Talk to you soon!
    Mike

  3. Shannon

    How awesome!!! It doesn’t get much better than that!! It’s hard to complain of running injuries when you see things like this. Every painful step in a marathon (or any run) is well worth it when you see a precious face like little Mavia’s! Way to go Pete!!!

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