Missouri woman takes on marathon after beating cancer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis woman and former All-American at the University of Missouri is taking on the New York City Marathon, less than a year after cancer surgery.

Serena Burla, an All-American at Missouri in 2006, had surgery in February to remove a cancerous tumor and part of her right hamstring.

She told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she returned to training in April and finished a 10K in the summer with a time of 33:67. After training this fall, she feels she’s ready for the New York Marathon, which is scheduled for today (Sunday).

After that, Burla says a goal she’s considering is to qualify as a marathoner for the U.S. Olympic team.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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