Guilford runner goes distance for stepdaughter

By Rachael Scarborough King, Register Staff
April 26, 2008

GUILFORD — When resident Margot Sherwin first contemplated running the Big Sur Marathon, she thought that her athletic stepdaughter, Cindy Sherwin, would be by her side to help her complete the race.

Margot Sherwin said that Cindy will still be with her when she competes in the marathon this weekend, but not in the way they had hoped.

The marathon was a 50th birthday present to Margot from Cindy, who died April 2007 at the age of 33 after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm while preparing for a triathlon.

After months of training, Margot Sherwin, now 51, flew to California Friday to take part in the marathon Sunday.

This will be Sherwin’s third marathon. She walked in the 2006 New York City Marathon and then ran the race in 2007 to benefit a charity set up after her stepdaughter’s death, the Cindy Lynn Sherwin Memorial Foundation.

For the Big Sur Marathon, which takes place in Monterey, Calif., Sherwin is not raising money for the foundation.

“The intention of doing this marathon is simply to honor Cindy,” she said. “It’s going to be tough, but I felt compelled to do it.”

Cindy Sherwin was a nutritionist and personal trainer who had a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and two master’s degrees from Columbia University.

Sherwin said that Cindy motivated many different family members and friends to improve their physical fitness.

“She was the type of girl who always pushed people to do their utmost,” Sherwin said. “She was a beautiful girl with a beautiful spirit, and just very warm and loving and she would push you in a way that was very gentle but effective.”

Last year, the foundation was one of the sponsors of the New Haven Road Race, and Sherwin said they are planning to sponsor the race again in September.

She said she expects this weekend’s marathon to be difficult, but she hopes her memories of her stepdaughter will help motivate her to complete the race.

“Part of a marathon is a big mental challenge, just to push yourself to do it,” she said. “She’s going to be on my shoulder pushing me to complete.”

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