Princess Conquers Princess Half Marathon

Photo of Therese Lipscombe, flashing her new half marathon medal after the race. Photo by Kathleen Lipscombe

Therese Lipscombe, a sophomore at Mount de Sales Academy, ran 13.1 miles in the Disney Princess Half Marathon. The weather was a cool 70 degrees, perfect for the long run on February 23, 2014 and Therese, dressed as Rapunzel, was ready to go; she started running the loop around Walt Disney World at 6 in the morning and completed the run around 8:30a.m. with a time of 2:42:36.

“I was nervous at first, but as soon as I started running I felt great. Running through Cinderella’s castle was a dream come true moment,” said half marathoner Therese Lipscombe, ’16.

Though completing a half marathon is a cause of celebration for anyone, this one meant a little more. Therese suffers from a lung disease, Cystic Fibrosis, which causes major problems for her, especially when running. She has been hospitalized over 10 times in the past 4 years, and her accomplishment is a testament to her strength. She trained for this marathon for over a year and a half, and counted down the days until she would finally be a half marathon princess. The completed half marathon became the crowning jewel of Therese’s bucket list.

 Kathleen Lipscombe, Therese’s mother who made the journey down to Florida with her and cheered loudly from the race’s sidelines said, “I am so proud of my daughter. What she accomplished is truly a dream come true, and I am overflowing with joy.”

Congratulations, Princess Therese! We are all so proud of you.

Clare Lipscombe ’15



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