Outrunning Cancer

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Serena Burla, 28, sarcoma survivor and Olympic hopeful

Burla recently ran a personal best of 2:35:08 at the Prague Marathon and was the runner-up at January's U.S. Half-Marathon Championships in 1:11:38. Read more about Serena:

Angela Alleyne, 44, sarcoma survivor

Angela Alleyne joined Team in Training in Brooklyn last year because, she says, "they promised to turn a woman who could barely run for the bus into a woman who could run a marathon." When she began training for New York, though, she developed a nagging hip injury. An MRI revealed a mass the size of an egg. "That was the first time I heard the word sarcoma," she says. "I asked my doctors if I could keep training and have surgery after my marathon." With their blessing, she did just that, finishing in 6:05. "The memory of the strength and stamina it took to run a marathon buoyed me through my surgery and recovery," she says. Alleyne hopes to start running again this summer, and wants to enter the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half-Marathon in December. "Sarcoma is often painless and can go undiagnosed for years," she says. "If I didn't decide to run New York, I don't know if I would've discovered my cancer. Running literally saved my life."

Amy Dodson, 48, sarcoma and lung cancer survivor

Amy Dodson lost her left leg below the knee to sarcoma when she was just 19. Two years later, a cancerous lung was removed. Disabled? Running on a carbon-fiber prosthetic leg, Amy has a marathon PR of 3:35, is a four-time national half-marathon champion, has done two Ironmans, and is a two-time ITU World Paratriathlon champ. This month, she'll run her first Western States 100, among the toughest races on Earth. "One of the great ironies of my life is that because of my childhood cancer, I couldn't run with two legs," says Amy, who lives and trains in Sahuarita, Arizona. "But freed from the pain, with one leg and one lung, I can run forever. Cancer may have ravaged my body, but running saved my soul."

What it Takes To...

More stories of amazing runners fighting battles with cancer.

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