Pushing the Pace with Dr. Cheri Blauwet
Cheri Blauwet grew up in Iowa as an involved student - student council and academic groups filled her schedule. Sports and competitive racing rarely drew her interest. After all, Blauwet used a wheelchair to get around, and didn't feel that the track team was something she was cut out for. But with the persistent encouragement of a high school advisor, Blauwet eventually joined the track team, and once she started pushing laps, she never looked back. She went on to compete at the University of Arizona, several Paralympic Games, and road races around the word, where she often found success. Blauwet won the 2004 and 2005 Boston Marathon, and today serves on the governing body of the Boston Athletic Association, the organization which hosts the annual race. Since her racing days, she has excelled in a myriad of other roles: a professor, a doctor, and most recently, a parent. Cheri sits down with B.A.A. CEO Tom Grilk to talk about her long resume and all that is ahead.