My Why: Sarah Haight

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 06, 2021 # Team Reeve

Sarah with her dad and sonOn Sunday, October 10, 2021, Team Reeve will take on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! 2019 was a record-breaking year for Team Reeve Chicago, raising over $100,000 for paralysis research! We want to continue the momentum for 2021!

Sarah Haight

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

I am super inspired by Team Reeve and the work of the Foundation through my friendship with Alexandra Reeve Givens, who is Vice-Chair of the Foundation and an incredible steward of her father’s legacy. I also turned 43 this past summer, the same age my dad was when we were in a serious car accident my freshman year of high school. He was a competitive athlete, and while fortunate not to have paralysis, he did have life-changing injuries.

I watched him go from living in a hospital bed to a walker to crutches to a cane, and he now rows and bikes regularly. As a teenager, I thought my dad was “so old” when our accident happened; now, I realize how much of life is ahead of me. However, my dad’s optimism and commitment to his health have always inspired me, and I thought running a marathon and raising funds for Team Reeve would be a great way to honor him and Alexandra.

Sarah with her husband and son.

What has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome?

Making time to run has been a challenge! I work full time and have a five-year-old, and I didn’t realize how time-consuming long runs can be. I’ve also figured out how to hide water bottles along with my runs because hydration in the summer heat has been tricky.

What are you doing to train for the marathon?

I’m following the Hal Higdon novice program, and listening to everything the amazing Coach Mark tells me to do. I run early in the morning to avoid the DC humidity, and I swim a couple of times a week. So far, my knees are holding up.

What are you looking forward to on the day of the race?

I find watching marathons very moving, so I’m thrilled and slightly surprised to be part of one at this point in my life. I’m looking forward to meeting Coach Mark and Kelly Lamb, who have made this feel possible once I signed up. And to seeing my husband’s face once I finish the race!

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