Seven years ago, to commemorate her 50th birthday, Angie Witting started running.
Not only did the Eastpointe, Mich. mother and grandmother keep running, she also inspired her family to do the same.
“I originally started running as a goal to do something special on the day I turn 50, and the rest of my family followed — all running marathons and half marathons,” Angie says.
This weekend Angie will toe the start line of the American Home Fitness Detroit Goddess Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Belle Isle — with her daughter Sarah, 31, of Warren, Mich.
“I am truly blessed to have Sarah as not only my daughter, but also my friend. And running this race is one of the many things we share doing together,” Angie says.
The Detroit Goddess race, taking place this Sunday, Sept. 18, is particularly special to Angie, “because my daughter Sarah is truly a Heart Hero.”
Sarah Witting, who lives with bradycardia, which means a slower than normal heart rate, and has a pacemaker, is a past Heart Hero for the Detroit Goddess Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. Along with partners the Detroit Medical Center, Go Red for Women® and Fellow Flowers, the American Home Fitness Detroit Goddess Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K each year honors a few amazing women: runners or walkers of any level that embody the qualities of a Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Epic Heart Hero.
What is a DMC Epic Heart Hero? A DMC Epic Heart Hero is a woman who has come back from a heart issue, has taken control of her health, and refuses to let this stop her. She approaches life with passion and strength, as she knows too well how short life can be. She embraces a healthful lifestyle and she teaches and helps others in their quest to get healthy. A DMC Epic Heart Hero knows the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and she takes action to minimize the risk. She educates others about these risk factors to help them take control of their heart health. A DMC Epic Heart Hero isn’t perfect, and she might not be fast, but she is definitely determined!
“Sarah daily overcomes not only heart challenges, but other physical challenges as well to celebrate life with family, friends and coworkers,” Angie says. “She is amazing. I am in awe of these women and feel privileged to participate in the event. Numerous times they have contacted me about ways that they can bless Sarah. They are a fun, giving and generous group. To again be able to share this event with Sarah this year is truly a blessing and I look forward to the future when Sarah’s daughter Emily will join us.”