Running For Maddie


My best friend, Vicky drove up from Jacksonville, FL to run with me for my daughter Maddie. She was my little Tarheel, and I was determined to run this race to honor her. We did it in 2 hours flat- our goal!

My husband, kids and I have lived in Chapel Hill for 5 years now, and I have always wanted to do the 10-Miler. He is finishing his Fellowship at UNC, and we will be moving back to FL in July. Our perfectly healthy 13-month-old daughter Maddie, born in Chapel Hill, (other 2 kids born in FL) passed away unexpectedly 6 months ago. She was always our little “Tar Heel Baby” and came home from the hospital in Tar Heel apparel, of course. Before we leave Chapel Hill, I am determined to finish this race in her honor and as a way to say goodbye to the town we love so much and have so many wonderful memories in.

– Erin James