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Lee Keagle poses with her medal after completing the 50th annual New York City Marathon on Sunday. Keagle, who finished the race in 5:39:19, was one of about 260 athletes from across the country running with the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation team.

(Nov. 12, 2021) Lee Keagle was one of about 260 athletes from across the country running with the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team in the 50th New York City Marathon on Sunday.

“The experience was awesome. Being on Team DetermiNation gave me accountability and support during training,” Keagle, a Westminster, Maryland resident, said earlier this week. “My personal race didn’t go as planned, but I finished. Runners can experience unplanned stomach and leg issues, which we just figure out how to push past. Running through the five boroughs was unforgettable - the crowds were out in masses and cheering all the strangers on. The start line (running across the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge) and finishing in Central Park was stunning.”

Keagle finished the race in 5:39:19. She raised $5,810 and her team of 258 runners collected $1,234,569.

“Being a part of Team DetermiNation for the American Cancer Society was an honor. I got to meet some of the team members at our packet pickup, shakeout run Saturday morning and pre-race dinner Saturday night,” the 38-year-old clinical analytics system architect at Johns Hopkins Health System, said. “I got to hear their cancer stories and who they were running for. I got to hear where they were from and how the New Yorkers formed lifelong friendships. The director, Ramon Bermo, was inspiring and motivational through the entire weekend. It was an unforgettable experience and I was happy to finish.”

Keagle is the niece of Jean “Bean” Keagle of Ocean City, a breast cancer survivor and longtime American Cancer Society volunteer.

“I am so proud of her. She is amazing,” Keagle said of her niece.

DetermiNation team athletes dedicated their race participation to the fight against cancer.

“I was adopted into a family cursed by breast cancer. My grandmother passed away when my dad was 17 and his siblings were 13, 11 and 7. My Pop-Pop, her husband, was even a breast cancer survivor,” Lee Keagle stated in a press release. “My Aunt Bean is a survivor and one of my role models. She is an American Cancer Society volunteer with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Ocean City. I have also been a supporter of young adults with cancer for several years, and lost two friends.

“To all the survivors I’ve met throughout the years: I run for you for fighting every day. To all the ones we’ve lost: I run to carry your memory and spirit alive,” she added.

Lee has participated in other events for charitable causes, including the Marine Corps Marathon and the Ulman Cancer Fund cycling trip from Baltimore to Key West. She received the Johns Hopkins Health System’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.

“I try to give back as much as possible,” she said.

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