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This Women's Running Cover Star Won't Let Epilepsy Or Autism Stop Her

This Women's Running Cover Star Won't Let Epilepsy Or Autism Stop Her

This Women's Running cover star won’t let a little thing like epileptic seizures get in the way of her goals.  

Kiley Lyall, age 24, was one of 4,000 entrants to the magazine’s third annual Cover Runner Contest, where women applied to be featured on the magazine’s January/February 2016 cover. In her entry submission, she explained that she "just happens to live with moderate autism and life-threatening seizures" related to epilepsy, as well as mild cerebral palsy.

"Running has literally helped my brain become healthier," Lyall explained in her competition entry.

"My autism doesn't take over my days anymore … when I run it relieves so much stress on my brain, allowing me to function much better through most days!"

Women's Running editor-in-chief Jessie Sebor said that she was moved by Lyall’s toughness. During her first half-marathon, Lyall had two seizures — and insisted on finishing the race anyway.

"We're so passionate about this cover and the opportunity to share Kiley’s story of determination," she said in an article about the cover. "Our readers know that a love of running steams from many different places and sentiments. We want to support all women on their running journey."

Congratulations, Kiley!

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Photo Credit: Women's Running Magazine Twitter