The start of the Summer Olympics in Rio is just a few days away. For one San Antonio Mom watching the games on TV will be bittersweet.
Andrea Duke fell short of qualifying to be on the women’s marathon team, but her story is still inspiring so many.
Andrea Duke knows the hills of Stone Oak well. They’ve been not only her training ground for marathon running but also her therapy.
“I started running around San Antonio when I grew up with my father. He was a runner,” Andrea Duke said.
She’s not a college athlete with accolades next to her name.
“Ran for my middle school ran for my high school but was never that great of a runner. I was more of what I would call a blue participation ribbon runner, but I always had the love of the sport,” Duke said.
In 2012 Duke found her inspiration to take it to the next level. Her 3-year-old son in a major accident and was forced to be in a full body cast.
“I just took those emotions to the pavement,” Duke said.
At the age of 37, it would be her breakout year and her journey to the Olympic trials would begin.
“It’s such a strange way that I earned it, but to be able to be there in the company of the women that I watch. And that I looked up to kind of in the running world. Then to turn around and see them next to me. Was extremely just surreal,” Duke said. But her strive for gold would fall short at the trials in L.A.
“The weather was just too much for me. And it was one of those where out of 46 marathons it was my first that I did not finish,” Duke said. “For a moment it was hard for me…Through the journey, I really found who I was and I found myself. And that right there to me… that’s the prize.”
Her story so inspiring, she was chosen to tell it in a feature film produced by Tribeca and United Films. Hoping that her story will push others to go for the gold, no matter the outcome.
“I’m very glad to be able to share myself and to share my story. And again say that there is no perfect journey. Anybody, if you believe in yourself, you can do it,” Duke said.
You can catch Duke in the film called ‘Destination: Team USA’ while flying United Airlines. It will be featured for the next few months.
We also asked Duke if she had any plans for the Olympic Games in 2020. She tells us she’s already started training.
Courtesy: Some video used from Tribeca Films and United Films