Runner Profile: Troy Carlson

Troy Carlson
Age: 30
Hometown: Houston, TX

The 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon will mark Troy Carlson’s first Houston Marathon and fourth year to run for a reason for the American Cancer Society. Carlson ran the Chicago Marathon in 2008 and 2010 for the nonprofit, and although he didn’t run in 2009 due to an injury, it didn’t stop him from reaching his fundraising goal.

Running for a reason is important to Carlson who lost his father to a battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Since the passing of his father, Carlson has seen both friends and family struggle with the disease. “No one goes through life without being affected by cancer in some way,” said Carlson.

“There have been times when I was ready to stop during one of my long training runs, but then remembered how small and insignificant my discomfort is compared to the very real pain that so many people suffering from cancer bravely endure,” said Carlson.

Carlson is looking forward to the Chevron Houston Marathon and the challenge of finishing the 26.2-mile race which is something he says is always fun. He enjoys hearing the encouraging words from the crowd. More importantly he said, “I love the feeling of knowing that the race I’ve just run will help in the ongoing battle against cancer.”

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