Asthmatic mother to run 52nd marathon in Detroit

Published On: Oct 20 2012 07:35:21 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 20 2012 11:57:46 AM EDT
DETROIT -

A mother of three is living proof that asthma doesn't have to stop you from accomplishing your dreams.

Brooke Curran's goal is to run a marathon on every continent and in every state to help raise awareness of asthma, while encouraging people to seek diagnosis and treatment. To date, Brooke has run in 38 states and on six continents.

Brooke will run her 52nd marathon in Detroit. She is competing in the Greektown Marathon, part of the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon. The course takes runners around downtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario through historic neighborhoods, Belle Isle and the RiverWalk.

Back in 2009, Brooke nearly collapsed on the track during a training session after experiencing painful burning in her chest and shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with asthma and exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). Brooke founded the RunningBrooke Fund in May of 2009, and is a member of the board of Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA). 

For more on EIB diagnosis and treatment, click here.

The Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon begins at 7 a.m. Sunday, October 21st, from the shared start/finish line at W. Fort St. at Second St. in downtown Detroit.