Featured Athlete for March 2017: Mindy Brown

Through the years, I have met a lot of incredible people through running. This month's featured athlete is no exception. I have probably known Mindy Brown for over 15 years. She has been a prominent local runner for years. She's been a member of the Speedy Feet and Greene Frogs Teams and has run hundreds of local events. She is currently 41, resides in Kettering with her husband John and works as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service. She has a daughter that recently graduated from UC and she's also a twin.

Although Mindy has had many race wins and fantastic results, I think probably three of her all-time best races would be back-to-back wins at the US Air Force Half Marathon and a third-place female finish at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. Her back to back wins in the Air Force Half came in 2007 (1:23:29) and 2008 (1:24:34). The following year, 2009, she ran the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. It was only her second marathon. She ran a huge personal record with 2:58:34 and finished as the third overall female!

Today, Mindy is battling in a different kind of race. A few months ago, Mindy was diagnosed with breast cancer and only in the last few weeks has undergone a double mastectomy. She's recovering well, but in the last few days, learned she will have to go through chemotherapy treatments over the next few months. Since her surgery, she's been very positive and even 'pounding the pavement' walking. Although she told me I should not expect any PRs from her at the upcoming Harrigan's race, she told me she and her sister would definitely be there.

I've heard from several local runners that they feel we are almost like a family. Please join me in keeping our friend and running sister, Mindy Brown, in your thoughts and prayers. Mindy is winner and she will win this battle too. Mindy, please know that you are not alone in this race. The local running family is all praying for you and confident that you will emerge victorious again. We can't wait to see you break the tape at the finish line when you win this one!