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Distance runner Graham-Gray to speak at YMCA's True Grit banquet

April 13, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — Area long-distance runner Susan Graham-Gray will be the guest speaker for the annual True Grit Banquet.

The event will be Tuesday, May 10, at Fountain Head Country Club, starting at 6 p.m.

The True Grit award honors athletes who might not be the stars of their team, but have overcome obstacles to remain a member of the team.

Students are honored from the public and private high schools in the county and Hagerstown Community College.

Graham-Gray, 42, who is legally blind, finished second among females in the 2008 JFK 50 Mile run.

She is the only legally blind athlete (male or female) to ever qualify for, compete in, and complete the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials — the prestigious (invitation only) race held once every four years to select the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team.

She was the winner of the 2004 and 2005 Frederick Marathon, the 2006 National Marathon in Washington D.C., and the 2007 Pocono Mountain “Run For The Red” Marathon in Stroudsburg, Pa.

She competes for the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club and the Brooks Shoe Co. National Team.

Graham-Gray, of Greencastle, Pa., has Stargardts Disease (a degenerative eye disorder).

The West Virginia Wesleyan graduate is married and has three children.

Tickets cost $25 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Hagerstown YMCA front desk. For more information, call 301-739-3990.

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