Iram Leon wins Rogue Distance Festival half marathon outright while pushing daughter in stroller

Iram Leon, shown in this file photo from 2014, won the Rogue Distance Festival Half Marathon outright while pushing his daughter in a stroller. Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman staff
Iram Leon, shown in this file photo from 2014, won the Rogue Distance Festival Half Marathon outright while pushing his daughter in a stroller. Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman staff

Congrats to brain cancer survivor Iram Leon, who won – outright – a damp and chilly half marathon at the Rogue Distance Festival in Cedar Park this weekend.

While pushing a stroller carrying his daughter.

Despite going off course and adding a mile to his race.

By 10 minutes.

Leon, 34, was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and doctors say he won’t live to see 40. In the meantime, he’s a fixture on the race scene, where he pushes his daughter Kiana, 8, in a stroller when rules allow it.

He’s fast, too.

Leon’s finishing time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 37 seconds in Sunday’s half marathon was off his personal record for a half marathon by just 5 minutes, despite the longer route.

He veered off track around Mile 8, when a volunteer inadvertently pointed him the wrong way on a course that overlapped with the 30K and 10K routes. He switched off his music, got better directions from someone on a bicycle and found his way back.

“I ended up crossing the 9-mile marker three times,” he says.

Kiana had something to say about the confusion: “Why are you getting lost?” she asked. After all, she had business to attend – she was entered in the Kids 1K, which started just 12 minutes after Leon finished his half marathon.

The missteps didn’t seem to bother her. She placed third overall in the Kids K, nabbing her first trophy and a gift certificate to Rogue Running, which she plans to use to buy a pink polka-dotted SPIbelt.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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