Out of more than 1,000 runners who entered the cover search contest for Runner’s World magazine, one of the 10 finalists hails from Central Texas.
Dori Livingston shared her story with KVUE News on how running helped transform her life.
Despite the saying 'don’t let your scars define you,’ Livingston told us her scars proudly define her.
“Every time I look at these scars, they remind me how strong I am, and how I overcame cancer,” she said.
Livingston said she was always struggling with health issues, despite being active and a strong athlete growing up. Then she heard the dreaded words -- cancer.
“When everyone hears that word, ‘cancer,’ it’s the end of the world. I’ve had a lot of friends in my life, that have cancer and that have died from cancer,” said Livingston.
Livingston was diagnosed with melanoma when she was 45-years-old, on top of other health conditions. She said she was also dealing with the stresses of being in law enforcement as an African-American woman.
“Society thinks that women aren’t capable of doing that kind of job, but we are,” said Livingston.
While Livingston said she truly enjoys working as a trooper for Texas State Police, she did go through some struggles in the past, until she joined a local running club. She now sweats out her stress through running, which has made her stronger, mentally and physically.
“Just because life hits you hard, you should never give up,” she said.
Running distances from 10Ks to ultras, her story is now inspiring not only those around her but countless readers of Runner’s World Magazine.
“Always one foot in front of the other, regardless of your struggles, the paths you follow, the journeys you go on, always never give up,” said Livingston.
The winners of Runner’s World cover search is set to be announced in early November. One man and one woman will then be featured on the December cover.
The KVUE News Team wants to wish Dori Livingston good luck!
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