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Benway finishes third marathon since cancer

WILLSBORO - For Steven Benway, a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida was time to spend with family.

But while most would spend time bonding over a ride or walk through the park, Steven, vice president of Zebra-Tech, LLC in Willsboro, and his daughter, Jacqueline Benway of Groton, Conn., ran through the park as part of the Walt Disney World Marathon.

"This was my fourth marathon and my daughter ran it with me," Benway said. "It was her first one and she did great."

Benway said the trip involved four generations of his family, and was a "consolation" for not being able to go to the Boston Marathon last year.

"I had qualified for it, but they took in 26,000 entries in eight hours, so I missed it," Benway lamented. "My wife then told me that I could pick out anywhere in the world that I wanted to run."

As it turned out, the family chose for him in picking Disney World.

Benway's time at the event of three hours, 36 minutes again qualifies him to take part in the Boston Marathon, not bad for a man who went through a bout with Esophageal cancer shortly after his first marathon.

"I ran my first marathon in Schroon in 2007, and in May of 2008 I received my diagnosis," Benway said. "One of my goals from that time on was to run a marathon again. I had the marathon planned already, but then cancer got in the way."

Benway received chemotherapy treatments for the disease until December of 2008, during which time he stayed active by running a half marathon.

"They really didn't want me to do it, but they were not going to let me run a full marathon, either," Benway said. "I am a firm believer that you need to keep yourself active. It helps with your attitude, it helps with your metal health and it helps you stay in shape. It helps you get through it all."

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