To call Kathy Sebright a dedicated distance runner is a bit of an understatement. Kathy, who lives with her husband Tony and their school-age boys Travis and Emmett in the southwest Michigan community of Dorr, ran throughout her pregnancies, nursed one of her babies at the side of the road during a marathon, has directed a local 5K, led “couch-to-5K” groups, paced fellow runners at numerous races, and tackled ultramarathons.

51OZQ0POlFL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_
Kathy Sebright’s memoir, Finding Hope in the Long Run, was published this summer.

But what perhaps demonstrates her commitment to our sport and fellow runners best is an endeavor she took on in support of her son Emmett, who lives with Craniosynostosis, a birth defect in which one or more of the joints between the bones of a baby’s skull close prematurely, before the baby’s brain is fully formed. In 2012, Kathy ran 7 hours and 26 minutes on a treadmill in the hospital while surgeons “removed, broke apart, and put back together my 1-year-old’s skull.”

More than 1,000 people virtually joined Kathy — through running, walking, biking, lifting — from 45 states and 13 countries. And in the years following, on the June 20 anniversary of her son’s surgery, Kathy ran the full 7 hours and 26 minutes to raise awareness of Craniosynostosis. Kathy joins Heather on the show to talk about her running journey — how running changed for her after her son’s diagnosis — and also to talk about her new book, the memoir Finding Hope in the Long Run about her experiences as an ultra runner and mom of a son with special needs. Kathy, who is also giving away two of her books to MRG listeners, says her book is about making her way through an especially difficult time in her life and finding hope on the other side.

*If you enjoy what you’re hearing on the Michigan Runner Girl show, we’d be so grateful if you’d take a few moments to write a review on iTunes. This will help more runners and Michigan lovers like yourself find the podcasts. Thank you!! Also, the quickest way to get the podcasts is to subscribe to the show via iTunes. Clicking this link will automatically download the shows to your iTunes account. 

A special thanks to Mike Moran of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show. Check out his work here, and if you like Michigan craft beer like me, tune into the popular Short’s Cast, a show he produces for Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire, Mich.

April 17, 2019

Eddie Kline on Growing a Race, the Marathon Mind-set, and Eyeing an Ultra

The Holland Haven Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K keeps on growing—last year the September races saw a 60% increase in […]

April 15, 2019

10 Reasons to Sign Up for this Summer’s Ragnar Trail Michigan June 15-16

It’s an all new race and an all-new adventure — the inaugural Ragnar Trail Michigan is this June 15-16 at Hanson Hills Recreation Area […]

April 12, 2019

Freshen Up Your Plate with Ali’s Favorite Spring Cleansing Dishes

By Ali Lopez MRG Contributor The calendar says that spring is here (the snow and ice last week didn’t see […]

April 10, 2019

Trevor Tkach is Tackling His First Half Marathon (You Can, Too!)

He’s run 5Ks with his family, and remembers taking on the Bayshore 10K back in the day when he was […]

5 Responses to “Episode #50: Kathy Sebright on finding hope in the long run”

  1. Jill Harrison

    I’m entering the contest by sharing how running got me through a challenging time. I was training for my first marathon and completed my 20 mile training run, which was such an accomplishment at that time. My excitement was short lived. My 55 year old dad died unexpectedly that night. During the turmoil that followed, helping my mom and my kids and myself, I did not know if I could do the Bayshore which was just 3 weeks away. But running was my salvation during that trying time. I completed the marathon and felt his presence every step of the way. And I still feel him most acutely when I run. Kathy, from one mom to another, you are an inspiration!

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>