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Faith and first steps for Alicia Shay

Originally Published: April 26, 2011
By Erin Strout

Over the past three years, Alicia Shay has prayed her will to run would subside. She wanted her passion for the sport to simply disappear. A professional runner with unshakable faith, she asked God to lead her in another direction -- one that wouldn't cause so much heartbreak in the aftermath of her husband Ryan's death.

Her prayer was never answered. Instead, Shay slips on her running shoes every day and traces the maze of trails through the pine forests near her Flagstaff, Ariz., home. ...

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