BethAnn Telford: Constant Warrior & 24-Hour Athlete
Legacy of Hope is proud to announce that BethAnn Telford, endurance athlete and cancer research advocate, will be joining PHL24 2019 as a 24-hour athlete.
BethAnn’s journey to endurance athlete has not been a linear one.
She grew up an active child in Central Pennsylvania, and played organized sports ranging from soccer to hockey to skiing. This base endurance led her to become a marathon runner and triathlete.
In 2004, while at mile 19 of the Marine Corps Marathon, she felt a “pop” in her head. It was then that she began to struggle with balance and memory issues. In early 2005, BethAnn learned she had a brain tumor.
“It’s hard to describe the shock of being diagnosed with brain cancer in my 30’s. I was stunned and everything felt surreal, like it was happening to someone else,” BethAnn said. “Luckily, I had a great support team to help me evaluate my treatment options. We visited multiple hospital and doctors; and decided on Dr. Henry Brem at Johns Hopkins University Hospital as my neurosurgeon. I am very fortunate to have such wonderful care from so many around me.”
After undergoing her first brain surgery that April, Beth Ann was determined to run again, despite the fact she had to relearn how to walk, talk and move. Six weeks after beginning rehab, BethAnn crossed the finish line of a 5K race. Later that year, she was back on the Marine Corps Marathon course, with a quick pause at mile 19 to thank her large network of supporters.
BethAnn has continued to face her health struggles and procedures with the determination that one would expect from an endurance athlete. Since her diagnosis, she has finished 14 more Marine Corps Marathons, 6 Boston Marathons, and became a 3-time Ironman, including the Kona World Championships in Hawaii. She is also a finisher of the 2017 World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons, on 7 continents, in 7 days).