First Runner With Autism Voted Women’s Running Cover ModelNovember 30th, 2015
After 5,000+ submissions and 10,000+ votes, we are proud to announce our Women’s Running Cover Model Contest winner, Kiley Lyall!
Kiley runs to find motivation and encouragement in everyday life, something that is not always easy for her. She lives with moderate autism and suffers from life-threatening seizures. Kiley will be the first runner with autism to grace the cover of a fitness or running magazine. Running is an outlet for her to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally, to express herself and to raise money for organizations she is passionate about.
“Running has literally helped my brain become healthier!” she wrote in her finalist submission. “My autism doesn’t take over my days anymore, and although my lifelong seizures have become life-threatening, when I run, it relieves so much stress on my brain, allowing me to function much better through most days!”
The Women’s Running Cover Model Contest Grand Prize included a trip to San Diego for the cover shoot along with a three-night stay at a downtown San Diego hotel, running and sightseeing with the editors, a new Brooks running wardrobe and a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series TourPass 3-Pack for 2016.
Upon claiming the title of cover model, Kiley’s story has been featured in more than 15 media outlets, including a few below. Look for Kiley on the cover of the January/February 2016 edition of Women’s Running!
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