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Cain recovers to amaze as an elite runner

The storied career of Sonoma’s master marathoner, Dr. Janet Cain, has covered many paths en route to an imposing record of achievement made all the more impressive by the physical handicaps she has had to overcome.

It would be difficult for Cain, 62, to choose her greatest accomplishment because there are so many. They include running both her 25th Boston Marathon and her 50th overall marathon in the women’s 55-to-59-year-old age group, feats that have taken on more meaning in the wake of her father’s death.

“My father lived a full 88 years and, having been a cross-country runner in his younger days, had supported me so much throughout my running career,” said Cain. “When I was running through Boston, I knew he was with me – I could feel his presence cheering me on. It was special.”

But a recent marathon finish will rank near the top of Cain’s achievement list because, for the second time in her running career, she had to overcome a major physical setback.

Cain suffered severe injuries from an accident in March after she sustained a concussion, broken shoulder and bruised body when she was knocked down by a pair of dogs while on a training run.


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