Marathon runner and motivational speaker visits Rapid City Public Library

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - As part of their Lunch and Learn series, the Rapid City Public Library hosted marathon runner and motivational speaker Elaine Doll-Dunn this Wednesday.

Doll-Dunn started running at the age of 40. She has completed 125 marathons, a total of 50,000 miles in all 50 states and Washington. She is currently working on running half marathons in every state, so far she has ran 30 states. She has many accomplishments throughout here life such as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro at 58-years-old and winning a marathon a day after climbing down. She was crowned Mrs. South Dakota at age 61 and now at 81-years-old she travels around spreading her message of courage and motivation.

"A lot of people they just needed that one little push on the edge and for some people they just have never had thought about it," said Doll-Dunn. "'Why would they even think of doing that? 'Well if she can do it...' and that's what I want people to know. I don't want to say that I'm average because nobody's average, we're all programmed for greatness but when they look at me and say 'she can do, I can do it.' That's what I want to happen."

Doll-Dunn is the founder of the Leading Ladies' Marathon, an all ladies marathon that starts in Lead and ends in Spearfish. This marathon, now in it's 14th year, is a is Boston Qualifier and this year is held on August 18th. For more information on the Leading Ladies Marathon, visit Leading ladies