WHEELING - Not even a cracked foot kept an injured runner from the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic finish line Saturday morning, where she cheered for her teenage daughter to complete her race.
Carol Lyn Ayers, 31, of Wheeling, has run the half marathon herself on three occasions, and she had been registered to run in Saturday's race.
But Ayers fractured a metatarsal in her right foot on Thursday, and wasn't able to compete.
Photo by Joselyn King
Carol Lyn Ayers of Wheeling, right, sidelined with injury from participating in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic, prepares to cheer on daughter Beighley, left, in her race.
On crutches, she instead sat in a chair near the finish line and awaited her daughter Beighley, 14, to complete her half marathon.
Beighley, a student at Bridge Street Middle School, also ran the half-marathon last year alongside her mother.
"She inspired me in the first place," Beighley said. "When I run it's a great feeling, and I feel it's a great accomplishment."
Beighley said she runs two miles each day to train, and adds a mile to run three miles on Saturdays. She began training for the race in January.
Carol Lyn admitted she was disappointed to not be running the race herself.
"I got emotional on the way here," she said. "I thought about all that training.
"But I think everything happens for a reason, and this gives me the opportunity to watch and cheer on my daughter."
Carol Lyn's husband and Beighley's father, Kevin Ayers, 41, also participated in the race - but not as a walker or runner. He assisted Wheeling Police in leading out race participants on his bicycle.