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Local runner prepares for FitOne after stroke

The FitOne race will mark the end of a challenging yearlong journey for Kathee Eastman.

BOISE — We are two weeks away from the St. Luke's FitOne event, and people across the valley are training to get ready for the big day.

It's a tradition to run for many people and the peak of an exciting journey.

For Kathee Eastman, being a part of this year's FitOne is the end of a challenging yearlong journey.

During last year's race, Eastman had a stroke at Barber Park and had to be rushed to the hospital.

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While recovering, Eastman decided very quickly that in 2018 she was going to train and finish the FitOne race.

And over the last year, she has worked almost every day to get ready by walking at the Meridian dog park.

She says she wanted to prove to herself that she could do it, no matter how challenging it would be.

"I'm determined to finish, I'm determined to do better, I'm determined to be better, and I'm determined to not let the stroke define me," Eastman said.

Eastman has worked along with the FitOne team to arrange a special route for her.

She will start the FitOne race at Barber Park in the spot where she had the stroke and plans on finishing the race strong!