Kiley Lyall, 24, fell in love with running when she was 8 years old and completing the final leg of a Special Olympics relay. Her team was in last place when she took the baton, and they ended in first.
Her family has a motto: “Anything you want to do, you go for it.”
Lyall embodies it.
A Bourbonnais, Ill., native, Lyall was born with autism, mild cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Her seizures sometimes flare up when she runs – during her first half-marathon, a year ago, she had a seizure at mile 10 and another at mile 11, but she pushed on and finished the race. She ran the Chicago Half-Marathon in September without incident.