Grandmother, grandson near end of race quest

For Jan Ward, 72, of Copperas Cove, the completion of her 50-state race quest looming just around the corner is both bittersweet and brimming with emotion.

Ward began running a variety of races along side her grandson, Turtle Powell, 16, of Jonesboro, back in 2013. The two decidedly set a goal to complete foot races in all 50 states in the U.S. before Turtle began his senior year at Jonesboro High School. That day has come sooner than expected.

On July 17, the duo will fly to Seattle before arriving in Anchorage, AK, to complete the Moosehead 5K, followed by a Great Alaska Running Cruise on Royal Carribean’s Radiance of the Seas ship.


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