Benway finishes third marathon since cancer

Benway said his main goal was to qualify for Boston, which he did in Sept. 10 in Schroon Lake.

"I was going on 54 thinking that the older I got, the harder this would be," Benway said. "I found that's not exactly true. I am now faster than I was when I started."

In May of 2009, Benway ran the marathon in Burlington, Vt., and did so to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, something that he will again do this May.

"I kind of volunteered for it initially," Benway said. "When you are going through something like this, there is a representative from the Cancer Society there with you while you're sitting there getting the treatments. We would talk about running and that is where the idea came from."

Benway helps raise funds through the Society's DetermiNation program, in which cancer survivors nationwide sign up to run and interested people can make a pledge to the runner of their choice.

"All of the money that is raised is used locally in the Burlington area," Benway said. "People can go online and make a contribution in my name as a pledge for when I run the marathon."

To find out more about DetermiNation and how to support Benway at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon on May 29, go to www.determination.acsevents.org, click on the state of Vermont on the map, which will take you to the event site. From there, click the donate logo, and type in Benway's name or another athlete that you wish to support in the race.

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