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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Ripley moms inspire by example

  • Taking their training to a whole new level are three Ripley mothers with a lot of determination. 
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  • Taking their training to a whole new level are three Ripley mothers with a lot of determination.  Jackson General Hospital Certified Medical Laboratory Technician Heather Ratliff, Registered Nurse Cheryl Dunlap and friend Audrey Waybright started running a couple years ago, but never thought about starting intensive training to run a marathon until just a few short months ago.  In May, they each began a hard-core training regiment, including upper body conditioning. This hard work paid off recently when all three completed the West Virginia Military Challenge at Mountwood Park.  This was a rigorous 4.6-mile trail run with 17 various obstacles along the way.  “It was awesome, such a wonderful event, so much fun, and we made wonderful memories!” stated Heather.  Cheryl echoed her sentiments with her comment, “I had a lot of fun and definitely want to do it again!”  Her hope was to inspire other people to get up and start exercising in order to achieve something they never thought they could accomplish. Cheryl finished the course with a time of 1:15:44.18.  Audrey Waybrightcompleted the course in 1:15:44.39 and stated, “We worked super duper hard, but enjoyed every minute of it!” The WV Military Challenge is sponsored by all the branches of the service and several corporations. It's truly about helping others and all proceeds for the event go to the Wounded Warrior Project.  On the event website is posted a word of caution: “This is a extreme course designed to push you to your limits!” Congratulations to these three Ripley women who were willing to take that challenge and give of themselves for a worthy cause.  We applaud them for taking their health and wellness to a whole new level. They have definitely set the bar extremely high for the rest of us!

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