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Kayleigh Williamson Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Cross The Finish Line At The Austin Marathon

Kayleigh Williamson made history over the weekend by becoming the first person with Down Syndrome to hit the finish line at the Austin Marathon.

The 26-year-old completed the half-marathon course after training with RunLab Austin to work on her stability and endurance.

“We’re really hoping Kayleigh’s story will inspire other people with Down Syndrome to get into a sport that they may not have considered in the past,” RunLab owner Dr. Kimberly Davis said.

Williamson got into running thanks to her mother. Here’s the full scoop from KXAN:

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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