Julie Weiss of Santa Monica is indeed a Marathon Goddess.
Weiss crossed the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon in 5:17:44. The blogger, who details her running exploits at MarathonGoddess.com, would have had a faster finish if not for the media interviews she stopped to do along the way and the fans who met her for hugs and high-fives.
For Weiss, 42, the race marked the end of her quest to run 52 marathons in a year to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer, which had claimed her father's life. She ran part of the last mile of the 26.2-mile course with two pancreatic cancer survivors. In a symbolic end to her journey, she released two purple balloons at the finish line, one for her father, Maurice, and the other to honor all who have fought the disease.
"It was such an emotional moment," Weiss said. "There were tears; there was happiness. I am in deep gratitude for all of the support I've gotten."