Joe Medley, In My Opinion: Grace showed heart after a fall at Woodstock
by Joe Medley
Aug 05, 2013 | 3240 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodstock 5K crew gives the Skyler Brady Heart of a Champion Award each year to a runner who overcomes, and Eastaboga breast-cancer survivor Robyn Talley was a perfect choice this year.

It was great to see her running the race again Saturday, after her year-long fight forced her to sit out in 2012.

Turns out, though, that this might also be a good year to pick a second place, and give that to Nancy Grace.

No, not the Nancy Grace on TV. Give it to the one with the long history of helping to build Woodstock and the Anniston Runners Club and who currently serves as the club’s president.

A fan high-fiving runners in the final turn inadvertently tripped her, and she hit her chin on the street. Among her injuries were jaw fractures on both sides.

She got up, finished the race and medaled, winning the female great-great grandmasters age 70-98 division.

On pace for a state record for her age before the fall, the 74-year-old Grace finished 540th overall in a field of nearly 1,300 runners, 174th among females. She finished in 32 minutes and 24 seconds, beating 15 of the 14-16-year-old females, 13 of the 17-19-year-olds, 22 of the 20-24-year-olds and 33 of the 25-29-year-olds.

Waytago, Nancy! Heart of a champion, indeed.

Sports Columnist Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On Twitter @jmedley_star.
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