Mini Marathon runner celebrates victory over breast cancer

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Many of the 30,000+ thousand runners for Saturday's Mini-Marathon are motivated to run 13.1 miles for a reason. Courtney Larson is among the motivated. This is her comeback race after she beat breast cancer. The survivor has a plan for every mile.

With her running partners by her side, Courtney Larson is ready to run.

"Usually I do these for a time. This time it is just for competition. It's my comeback and put breast cancer behind me," she said.

Larson found a lump in her breast last February. After six rounds of chemo and weeks of radiation, Larson beat breast cancer and made the decision in August to run this year's Mini Marathon with her girlfriends.

"They have been amazing. After my first round of chemo, we meet and one of them brought me a stick of gum and a trash bag just in case I got sick along the way," said Larson.

"It provides encouragement to other people no matter what you are going through. Courtney has had a positive attitude, strength and faith. I am really proud of her," said Laurie White, cousin.

The breast cancer survivor has a strategy for this year's Mini Marathon. Every mile has a purpose.

"Each mile I will think about someone. In my mind I will be thankful for the different people who along the way. It's going to be an awesome day," said Larson.

Her necklace is also symbolic. The cross was given to her from her husband and children. She received the "circle of hope" from a stranger.

"I got hope from someone I didn't know in the mail. I put it one and I never take this off. Hope and faith got me through this," she said. "People will ask me if running the Mini will be hard. I say, it's nothing like beating breast cancer. I am ready to tackle it!"

This will be Courtney Larson's 10th half-marathon.

Courtney will also host a breast cancer fundraiser to help pay for mammograms. The Swinging for a Cause golf outing will be held at Bear Chase Golf Club at 2660 North Riley Highway in Shelbyville on June 14th benefiting the Community Health Network Foundation. Call (317) 965-4227 to donate.