News, events and stories from the Prairie Fire Marathon.

Becky Faaborg Trained for a Half Marathon and Ended Up Beating Cancer

We met Becky last year at the Prairie Fire Marathon. Her amazing story and perseverance has brought tears to all of our eyes. Please meet an inspriring woman who signed her last email with these words,

“I really want the word to get out that a cancer diagnosis does not define us, and that a positive attitude is so important.”

Finishing Prairie Fire 2011- right before starting chemo

Here’s Becky’s touching first hand account of her last year:


September 2011 I was training for my first half marathon in December, but , I was actually training
for my life. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer the end of September, a diagnosis which crept up
on me then so rudely interfered with my life. My husband, Jim, knew I was disappointed that I would
miss the half marathon in Dallas (it’s that runner mentality thing) and suggested we find one before
surgery. I knew about the Prairie Fire because many of my running friends were going. So, I registered!
We attended the pasta dinner the evening before the races and I was impressed with the inspirational
stories, the people and the food!

The morning of October 9th I was nervous but ready for the 13.1 miles. Possibly, because the most
distance I had covered prior was 7 miles! The race began and I was paced by my friend, Barbara, so
I wouldn’t go out too fast. After the first 3 miles, I found my comfort zone, walked every water stop,
enjoyed the scenery and cheers from spectators. Before I knew it, I was at the 10 mile mark and had
only a 5K to go. I walked/ran the last few miles, thankful for the cool mist and cheering people along the
route. The tears started when I neared the bridge at the finish – tears of “I did it” and “cancer, you are
so gone!”. I pumped my fist as I crossed the finish line, fighting like a girl! My husband was there to
greet me, I remember saying “I did it” with a bit of astonishment!

Chemo with a smile- the halfway mark


Ten days later I had surgery at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City on October 19, 2011. I walked
my first post-surgery 5k on January 1, 2012, after my first chemotherapy cycle. I was unable to
walk/run again until after chemo, which ended April 26, 2012. As soon as I could, I was out walking
and “wogging” (walking with a bit of jogging) to train for this years Prairie Fire Half Marathon.

First 5K after chemo

I know being in good physical shape as a runner and martial artist helped me get through chemotherapy
and get back out there. Eleven weeks and two days after my last chemotherapy session, I tested for my
6th Degree Black Belt in ITF TaeKwon-Do. (another “so there!” to cancer).

I plan to wog (walkjog) most of this years’ Prairie Fire Half Marathon and I will cross the finish line.
Watch for Team Becky! My daughter, two sisters, and many friends will be wearing the Team Becky
shirts for the 5k, half and full marathon!

Becky’s training group, the Landrunners of OKC

I am a survivor. I am a fighter. Through mind, body and spirit I have persevered. And the best news, I
am cancer-free!