This woman was one of the first with Down syndrome to complete the NYC Marathon and she couldn't hold back the tears as she crossed the finish line
· Nov 7, 2023 ·

Such a heartwarming story right here. Kayleigh Williamson of Austin, Texas just became one of the first women with Down syndrome to finish the New York City Marathon.

Check it out, she was brought to tears at the finish line.

What an accomplishment for this 33-year-old, who just last year became the first person with Down syndrome to finish the Austin Marathon.

Last weekend Kayleigh Williamson, 33, made history as one of the first women with Down syndrome to complete the New York City Marathon. Looking back on the memorable day, her mom Sandy Williamson — who ran alongside her daughter — tells PEOPLE the 10-hour, 9-minute journey was filled with endless dancing, hugging and high fives…

Kayleigh, crying as she recounts the experience to PEOPLE, says she'll always remember how she felt knowing she made history. "I am a diva," she says. "The whole race I was always fixing my hair. I did a victory dance at the finish line."

Kayleigh says she did it all for her grandma, who passed away in 2021. Her mother ran the race alongside her and she says Kayleigh kept pausing to listen to music and dance. It's hard to tell whether the tears above come from the fact that she's one of the first women with Down syndrome to finish the race or simply because her legs were sore.

Kayleigh's got a few races coming up, including a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and three half-marathons in December, January, and February. And that's more marathons than I could run in my lifetime.

Cheers to you, Kayleigh, you're an inspiration to us all!

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