Up and running: Trio plans to race around the nation


Some of the medals that Dawn Hawkins and Sheri Hamm have won for finishing 14 half-marathon during the past five years are displayed. The medals come from such places as Las Vegas, Nev., and Newport, R.I. Their next races will be in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tuscon, Ariz., and the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in May in Indianapolis. PHOTO BY RYAN TRARES

From left, Dawn Hawkins, Julie Wood and Sheri Hamm stand in front of the Wisconsin State Capital building in Madison, Wis., after the Madison Half Marathon. The three women have made a pledge to run half marathons in all 50 states during the next few years. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Three Greenwood residents have put together a plan to see all 50 states during the next 10 years.

They’ve already witnessed the famed mansions of Newport, R.I., and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. During a two-hour time period, they traveled through the five boroughs of New York City.

But their goal is not sightseeing, trying new foods or taking in regional culture. Julie Wood, Sheri Hamm and Dawn Hawkins are seeing every state in the U.S., one 13.1-mile race at a time.

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