Great State: Her Mother’s Day Wish, Let Me Run

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EDMOND, OKLAHOMA -- Her records are meticulous.

Dana Sternloff has albums full of running bibs and boxes full of t-shirts.

She can tell when there's an earthquake because all the medals hanging on her living room wall clang together.

"I think I'm just going to need a whole trailer for all my medals," she says picking up a set of them hanging on coat hangers.

She even keeps the old shoes.

"How many miles are in that box?" asks a visitor to her home.

"About 2,000," she replies.

"How many organized races do you think you've competed in?" asks the same visitor.

"302," she says.

Those records told her she was getting close.

Several years ago she started looking at an old Brad Henry state map and realized she'd competed in some type of organized run in most of Oklahoma's 77 counties.

That's when she set her goal of finishing them off.

She says, "It just sounds like something to do so why not. It's just been really fun."

It's not as easy as you might think.

Some events are short lived.

Some are far away.

But Sternloff kept putting one foot in front of the other until she only had a couple of races left in the southeastern part of the state.

For Mother's Day she asked her husband and two kids to let her go and finish that goal of running a race in every county in Oklahoma.

"No gifts. No flowers," she states. "Just let me finish what I started. Let me run."

So what's next?

Every town?

Dana doesn't know.

She just knows to keep plugging away, one foot in front of the other, one mile after another.

Her collection of trophies and accomplishments keeps adding up.

The weekend before Mother's Day, Sternloff competed in a race in Guymon.

She has races scheduled in LeFlore and McCurtain Counties to finish her goal.

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