SAN MARCOS, TX, November 13, 2013 - The San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is part of a series of marathons around the country, and in its sixth year, the marathon already has more than 30,000 participants registered. Lifelong San Marcos resident Cyndi Jetton has taken the initiative of leading a group in the half-marathon race Sunday, Nov. 17, in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Jetton recently found a purpose in running beyond the personal benefits. Jetton's aunt was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and she decided to run in honor of her aunt.
"The point I wanted to make was a lot of people want to run, but sometimes it takes something personal to actually take it to the next level and make a difference through fundraising," Jetton said. Jetton is also running for her college friend Katrina Ventre, who has already gone through chemotherapy and is now cancer-free. Jetton has a team of four other people and admits she is the only one who has raised money. "I'm always apprehensive about fundraising," Jetton said. "It's hard to get people motivated." Though the team only registered a couple of weeks ago, Jetton said she still feels that even if the team doesn't raise much, their effort will still serve as a reminder to others as well as themselves to do a monthly self-breast exam.
Jetton was a runner in high school but stopped in college. Jetton has been a member of the San Marcos Runners Club for almost a year, and said she started running again in her mid-30s. She will also be taking part in a marathon in Waco in January which she is currently training for. As far as fundraising, Jetton offered two different challenges for her sponsors. She said they can choose to sponsor her per mile or participate by what Jetton describes as a "wager" system. The lower her time, the more money the donor will pay. "I'm slow, but I enjoy it," Jetton said. "I hope to do this again year after year." Cyndi Jetton at the From Here to Eternity 5K in San Marcos in October 2013. Cyndi is running in the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll half marathon this Saturday in honor of her aunt who has breast cancer.
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