We are proud and excited to announce, Gabriele Anderson, an Olympic Trials finalist and a two time cancer survivor as our guest speaker for this year’s race.
Gabriele Anderson is a 2004 graduate of Perham (MN) High School where she was a four-time all-state performer in cross country, and was the 2004 state champion in the 800 meters.
At the University of Minnesota, she was a three-time NCAA Cross Country Championships competitor and was second team All Big Ten in cross country in both 2007 and 2008.
In 2009, while still running as a Minnesota Gopher, she was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma. After surgery and radiation therapy, she worked her way back to not just running, but competing, setting the University of Minnesota school record for 1500 meters at 4:13. Eighteen months later, she was diagnosed with aggressive thyroid cancer, unrelated to the first. She had surgery to remove the thyroid, followed by a series of treatments, the last radioactive iodine dose endured just six months prior to her amazing performance at the Oxy High Performance Meet, in Eagle Rock California in May 2012.
For more information regarding Gabriele’s story, click on the links below:
Running Competitor article or Team USA Minnesota Bio
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