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Dec 11, 2019

How Kikkan Randall Keeps Coming Back

Kikkan Randall crosses the finish line at the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/NYRR via Getty)
Kikkan Randall crosses the finish line at the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.

Of the many story lines that came of the New York Marathon this November, perhaps the most inspiring was the performance of Kikkan Randall. The 35-year-old was racing in her first-ever marathon, yet she finished 51st among all women and 12th in her age group. It was impressive, even for Randall, one of the most accomplished cross-country ski racers in American history, especially when you consider that just 18 months earlier, she’d been diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. Outside contributor Stephanie Joyce talks to Randall about her pattern of coming back stronger from tough times and failure, and where she goes from here.

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