Local Runners in the News

Kristen Maisano

Looking for a little bit of inspiration? Check out this incredible story about a Pennsylvania woman who will be running the St. Luke’s Half Marathon this May in honor of a friend who lost her life to cancer.

Kristen Maisano sustained a serious leg injury when she was struck by a car at the age of 8. Little did she know that this incident would propel her into a lifelong direction of helping others overcome their own difficulties. Kristen completed her doctorate last year in Occupational Therapy and currently works at Genesis Rehabilitation Services in Wilkes-Barre.

In 2009, Kristen decided to start running and ran her first half marathon in Philadelphia that same year. Soon after that she ran her first marathon. This year, Kristen will compete in her first triathlon later this summer. But first, she plans to honor the memory of a friend who died in January after a three month battle with cancer, stating that 13.1 miles is nothing compared to the suffering her friend endured.

You can read more about Kristen in an article published on citizensvoice.com – Marathon Runner Inspired by Traumatic Event

Nick Falsone

Nick is training for his third half marathon here in the Lehigh Valley. He will also be running this year’s St. Luke’s Half Marathon. For Falsone, training for a 13.1 mile race is less about the competition and more about leading a healthier lifestyle as he tries to wean himself from snacks which are disruptive to his quest. He says this is sometimes hard to do when he runs on his parent’s treadmill where the cupboards are well-stocked with sugary and salty snacks. One of the things Falsone is most looking forward to is the adrenaline rush he’ll get as he passes by cheering crowds, which always keeps him moving.

You can read the full article at lehighvalleylive.com – Following Falsone: Preparing for the St. Luke’s Half Marathon is more about keeping a healthy regimen than winning a race