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Our 2018 Cover Runner Contest Finalists

Nicole Merriman of Plainfield, IL

A hair colorist from Chicagoland who has used running to overcome a lifetime of odds stacked against her.

In her words: “Loving running, I started half-marathon training in the fall of 2016. Shortly after, a neurological problem cost me total use of my legs. Confined to a wheelchair, I wasn’t supposed to run again. Against all odds, I started running again in January 2017. A month later, I suffered a devastating knee injury in a near-death auto accident. I was determined to beat the odds again—something I’ve been doing since birth. Running is my life’s greatest sense of determination and accomplishment; I run because I shouldn’t be able to and to remind myself I’m lucky to be alive!”

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Team WR

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.