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Monday, October 3, 2016

WINEGLASS MARATHON: Jonah’s Journey to the finish line

Written By: Samantha Potter
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CORNING (WENY) - On Sunday, thousands of runners flocked to Corning to run in the 35th annual Wineglass Marathon. The task of running a marathon can be additional weight on any runner's shoulder. However, for Hollie Hughes, that weight was real. Both, physically and emotionally as she pushed her son 26.2 miles across the finish line.

Growing up in a running family, six-year-old Jonah Hughes says his dream is to run a marathon. "He came home and asked my husband and myself if he would be able to run in heaven someday. My husband and I told him no, you can run here. So he said he wanted to run the Wineglass Marathon," says Holly Hughes. Despite being bound to wheelchair yesterday that dream came true.

Jonah was born with epilepsy and cerebral palsy among other health issues. Through the Ainsley's Angels Foundation, the community helped raise more than $6,000 dollars to buy the Team Hoyt running chair. Since getting the chair in March, the pair has been training in other smaller races to prepare for the Wineglass Marathon.

When it came race day Hollie says it was Jonah giving her encouragement. "I said to him we're going to be in there for a couple of hours bud, we can't give up. And he said to me 'mom i'm not a quitter, I don't give up,'" says Hughes. She says she kept his motivating words with her the whole race. "During the race would say 'mom you have to run faster, you have to catch that person' Or he'd tell me ' power up and energize mom.' So you know, it was really encouraging the whole time. So it was really incredible," explains Hughes.

Sunday's race was Hollie's 5th marathon and first one running with a partner. Unlike past races when she was running for herself, she says yesterday was all for him. "Coming down Market Street, I looked up and the crowd and there was Jonah's Journey supporters in purple just screaming so loud and I knew we were done. We ran faster than I ever thought we could possibly run together," says Hughes.

Fast maybe an understatement, the pair ran the 26.2 miles in 3 hours, 10 minutes and 43 seconds - unofficially beating the record for the fastest female runner with a stroller by nearly 7 minutes. " We crossed the finish line and I put the metal around his neck and it was just everything... He's a marathon runner, it's really cool," says Hughes.

Hollie says their next journey is to take on the Boston Marathon.


Anonymous said...

Amazing Story, God Bless your son & you, very encouraging story also !

Anonymous said...

What a truly amazing story! This brought tears to my eyes <3

Anonymous said...

That is the bond between mothers and their children. You would do anything for them! Amazing Grace! God bless you both!

Anonymous said...

Speechless! How amazing is this lady and son!