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Volunteer opportunity evolves into passion for running

Brandi Cook received a phone call in 2011 with a special request for her engagement in the Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon. As coach of Union High School’s 9th Grade Cheer Squad, her cheerleaders had just what the race participants needed – some high energy spirit.


As her and her squad volunteered at the race, Brandi considered what it would be like to start running. “I have never been a runner at all,” says Brandi. “I only ran if my life depended on it. But something was stirred in me and I thought I might try it.”


After receiving a flier about Fleet Feet Tulsa‘s No Boundaries program, she decided to commit to training. This year at the Williams Route 66 Marathon, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Brandi will be running the 5K distance. She contributes much of her success to the support of her sorority sister and training partner, Erin Willis.


“Part of the reason I thought running was so important was my health,” says Brandi. “I was overweight, asthmatic and have only one lung with full function.” Now 30 pounds lighter, Brandi attests to the positive impact running has had on her health.

“Get plugged in wherever you can!” says Brandi. “I can truly say that volunteering with the Route 66 Marathon changed my life for the better. Just do it. Make it happen.”