For Camille Herron, the Comrades Marathon in South Africa was more than just a climb to the finish—it was the culmination of a lifetime of uphill challenges that gave her the fortitude to win.“People always want to know where I get my mental strength from,” Herron, 35, said. “I’ve been through some traumatic things in my life, so when the going gets tough and I’m fighting my hamstrings or fighting a course like Comrades, I just think about all those hard moments that I’ve had to overcome and how much this means, not just to me personally, but to all those people who have believed in me and supported me all this time.”

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