Carrie chats with Julie Weiss, a runner who has raised more than $640,000 for pancreatic cancer research! They discuss the Goddess’ journey of running 52 marathons in 52 weeks, her family’s experience with pancreatic cancer, and her recently completed project of running 52 races in 52 weeks with each race dedicated to a different person affected by pancreatic cancer.
Recorded March 27, 2020
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Julie Weiss, of Santa Monica, CA, ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks in 2013. In the process, she ran 1,362.4 miles, and to date has raised over $640,000 in the fight against pancreatic cancer through her website MarathonGoddess.com. Julie generated considerable pancreatic cancer awareness through high profile media attention on CNN, The TODAY Show, the Los Angeles Times. O Magazine and many other outlets. She is also one of seven featured runners in the inspiring documentary Spirit of the Marathon II. Following the death of her father, her biggest fan, from Pancreatic Cancer, she was feeling determined to make a difference. Running gave her the answer. Julie decided to turn her passion into a purpose and embarked on this incredible endeavor to raise hope, money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer, the 3rd leading cause of cancer death in the United States, also the lowest funded for research. Julie chose the name Marathon Goddess but is quick to point out its true meaning that it is not about her, it’s a name that allows Julie to encourage others to embrace their passion and let it shine. Julie has now run 108 marathons to date. In February 2019 she released her memoir, 52 Weeks, 52 Marathons: The Miles and Trials of a Marathon Goddess and in February 2020 she released her children’s book “We Got This” both available now on Amazon. Julie completed another 52 races at the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon, the campaign was called 52 races for 52 faces, honoring someone affected by pancreatic cancer for each race benefiting The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The 2020 Los Angeles Marathon was Julie’s 109th lifetime marathon.