Local woman hopes 5k finish inspires others

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 6 at 6:00 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Allie Raye completed the Sekani Trail 5k Saturday.  It was the first time she had ever crossed a finish line in her life.

“…Ever, Ever,” said Raye. “I didn't cross the finish line even in field day when we were in 6th grade."

Raye, 49, used to weigh 325 pounds.  Now, at less than half the weight she said she is doing things she never imagined.

"It was an amazing rush,” Raye said. “I ran across the finish line because walking just wasn't good enough."

Raye and her friend Julie Henry ran the Sekani Trail Run together in Spokane Valley. 

"I am extremely proud of her and how far she has come in a year,” Julie said.

Until two years ago, Raye would not have been able to participate in anything like a 5k.

"I was diabetic, taking a lot of medicine and wasn't even 45," Raye recalled.

Then her doctor gave her news that was difficult to hear.

"He sat me down and said if you don't do something now, you're not going to see your 50th birthday."

Allie decided to change her life.  She got gastric bypass surgery, lost over 200 pounds and dedicated herself to a healthy life.

Allie said she had one last task before her 50th birthday on October 21st.  She was hoping to ride a horse for the first time in more than 20 years.

Allie Raye also hoped people would be encouraged by her story.

"If you are heavy,” she said, “if you are on the couch and you can’t move or don’t think you can ever move or ever exercise, you can!"

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