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WARRENVILLE, Ill. -- BP Products North America Inc. awarded 30-year-old Rachel Malone of Springfield, Mo., $10,000 in BP gasoline for sharing her inspirational story of how she overcame all odds with her love of running as part of the BP Younger for Longer Challenge, the company reported.
After battling a brain tumor in her 20s, Malone was told she would never walk again. Now, years later, she is not only walking, but competing in marathons across the Midwest.
"I strive to run younger for longer by training for marathons. Being able to run is a reminder of how far I've come in my recovery, and that is something I don't ever want to forget," Malone said in a released statement. "After surviving a brain tumor and learning to walk again, I never would have imagined running a marathon. I am now training for my fourth marathon, and who knows how many more?"
The BP Younger for Longer Challenge asked Americans to share their stories of how they maintain their health and vitality to run younger for longer, and Malone entered at the 2009 Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon where BP was a sponsor and she was a participant. You can view Malone's story in her own words at www.bpinvigorate.com.
As grand-prize winner in the contest, Malone will meet five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres as part of her reward. Another 19 first-place winners were awarded with BP gas for a year, valued at more than $2,000, according to the company.
The BP Younger for Longer Challenge supports BP's continued rollout of BP gasoline with Invigorate, an improved fuel that with continuous use can clean vital engine parts and help vehicles run younger for longer, the company reported.
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