Faces in the Crowd: Elaine Doll-Dunn

If you walk a mile in her shoes, well, you’d be on your feet for quite a while.

Elaine Doll-Dunn has clocked 50,562.3 miles in her 80 years of living and still has plenty of gas in her tank.

She ran her first marathon at age 40. Since then, she  has run 125 marathons – one in every state  and 5 on continents. She says running gives her a self-confidence like nothing else and the ability to be in control of her own life.

That’s her message in her motivational speaking engagements – owning your life and positive thinking. In fact, her passion for life and good health have helped her to beat cancer.

Her vivacious personality and can-do attitude is contagious and trickles down from her upbringing as a gritty, South Dakota cowgirl.

She’s lived quite a life thus far, wearing many hats. She’s been a teacher, counselor, coach, mother of seven, an author, Mrs. South Dakota, a motivational speaker, and a marathon runner.

To say the least, Doll-Dunn loves a challenge. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Devil’s Tower, are some of her greatest physical accomplishments.

Her love for running paired with her love for achievement inspired her to start a women’s – only marathon in the Black Hills – the Leading Ladies Marathon, now going on its fourteenth year. With the catch phrase: Live like you mean it, Doll-Dunn is leading by example.

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