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Our 2018 Cover Runner Contest Finalists

Meet The Finalists

We had the tough task of selecting just eight women from hundreds of inspiring submissions. Here is how running has improved the lives of these seven incredible women.

Janell Doiron of Houston, TX

A runner who takes every opportunity to stretch her legs—despite dealing with a debilitating disease.

In her words: “I run to escape the physical limitations and pain. To escape the voices in my head that say ‘you’re broken’ or ‘you aren’t strong enough.’ When I run, little matters except putting one foot in front of the other. I feel like I can solve all the world’s problems and am at peace. My body is constantly at war with itself. I battle endometriosis—a disease that one in 10 women have, but most of the population hasn’t even heard of it. My endometriosis has damaged many organs and left me in a lot of pain. Some days, I don’t function—but on the days that I do, I run to prove that my body can do amazing things, despite its disease.”

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Team WR represents the Women's Running staff and community behind the magazine and womensrunning.com. The team was created in July 2014 when Women's Running underwent its first re-design since it debuted in 2009. Collectively, Team WR has run everything, from marathon, to half, to novelty runs, to ultras, to 10K and 5K races, to obstacle events, to triathlons.