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Woman runs half-marathon in all 50 states in just three years


There are cross country runners and then there are runners like Holly Abbott who have literally run across the country.

"Well for the last three years I've been running a half marathon in every state including Washington D.C. and I've traveled all over," said Abbott. "I love running."

Her journey began in California and after that race she knew she wanted to see the rest of the country. To make her goal even more difficult though, she wanted to finish it before she turned 31.

"Holly is type A personality and (Laughs) I thought she was crazy at first," said Abbott's Mother Kathy Smith. "But listening to her reasoning we backed her and supported her and thought it was an amazing goal."

Abbott grew up in Mishawaka, but now lives in Indianapolis with her husband. She started running when she was 10-years-old and ran for Penn High School.

Abbott accomplished her goal in early December when she crossed the finish line in Arizona, just a day before her 31st birthday.

"When I was running in Tucson [AZ] for my last and final race, my 50th state, I had 13.1 miles to reflect on three years of my life and it's been a great journey and I've had lots of support," said Abbott.

Abbott's family was at the Tucson race wearing special t-shirts to celebrate with her when she finished. Seeing Abbott's dream become a reality inspired some of them to join the fun.

"My goal is to run a 5k with her, I don't want to push the half marathon," said Smith. "So, I go into training January 2nd... We'll see how I do (Laughs)."

While Abbott's dream come true could just become a nice story to share for the rest of her life, she sees no reason to stop writing her adventure.

"[For my next goal] I'm hoping to finish by the time I'm 40, but it's to run a half marathon in all the provinces and territories in Canada and as well as all the continents," said Abbott.

Abbott says she spent roughly $25,000 on achieving her goal.

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