Dallas runner Angela Tortorice prepares for 1000th marathon – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Angela Tortorice makes the grueling 26.2-mile marathon look like a walk in the park. When the Dallas accountant isn’t calculating numbers, she’s collecting medals. She is preparing to run her 1000th marathon on Saturday in Irving.

“That’s going to be a huge relief!” she shares laughing. “And I’m just super excited because a lot of friends and family are going to be there and I really wouldn’t have gotten this far without the support of all my friends and family and my company.”

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Tortorice says she was not a runner. Until she was…and like most seemingly impossible tasks, her journey to ultra-marathon running started with a single step. And then another…

“Just walk about a quarter mile, jog a quarter, walk a quarter, jog a quarter until I work up to running a full mile,” Tortorice recalled.

She ran her first marathon in San Antonio 25 years ago. She says it was a touching moment but she did do not think she’ll ever see her again.
“Definitely not. That day. I thought ‘oh, there’s no how am I going to relive that!’ ”

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But Tortorice was soon addicted to peace and the community found themselves pounding the pavement…unable to stay away from that starting line.

“An ultra, soon after, then I started running multiple marathons in a year and slowly progressed from about 10 to 20 to 30 to 50 then 129 in a year, and that’s when where I got my Guinness World Record for most marathons in a calendar year, for a woman.

Tortorice has logged marathons all over the world and in all 50 states FIVE times. But there’s more than medals at the finish line: After her husband, John, is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Tortorice searches for a cure.

“As a team captain through my company TXU Energy and our bike team, they’ve raised $1.2 million. I’ve personally raised over $165,000 for the cause. So we’re just working to find a cure. .

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She says researchers are making progress and that brings hope for the long road ahead.


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