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This Distance Runner Collapses After Every Race, But Never Fails to Get Back Up Again


This is the inspiring story of a young woman who refuses to accept limitations.

In October 2010, Kayla Montgomery, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis, according to the E:60 ESPN video below. She was only 14 at the time.

Forced to give up contact sports, Montgomery turned to running. She continued to train hard despite difficult side effects from her disease like a gradual heat-induced numbness in her legs. This numbness also means that she is unable to come to a controlled stop at the end of a race, resulting in a temporary total collapse at the finish line.

Lucky for her, she has a dedicated and caring coach there to catch her every time. With his guidance, she has gone on to triumph over her condition and become one of the fastest young distance runners in the country.

It’s difficult to live with a disease where your own body is fighting against itself, so when I’m running I feel like I’m battling that,” she says in the video below. “I feel like I’m safe from myself. As long as I’m running, everything’s fine.”

Watch the whole inspiring story of Kayla Montgomery in the video below:

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