Face of the Race: Rachel Einstein


CHAMPAIGN – Months of training have come down to just one day for thousands of runners.  The reason why they run is a personal decision and it’s different for everyone.  For one woman it’s a sign that life goes on even after death.  Meet Rachel Einstein, this mornings Face of the Race.

On game day thousands of fans pack the stadium to keep their eye on the Illini.  But for Wisconsin native and Badger fan – Rachel Einstein has her eyes set on something else.
The finish line at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

Eight years ago her brother Eric Mclean died from an accidental drug overdose.  It was the first day of their family vacation. The family says he got involved with the wrong crowd as a teenager, and his drug use started with marijuana and graduated to cocaine.

Training hasn’t been easy but this is her moment.  Her memorial race, ending in Memorial Stadium.  And on April 30th 2016 when most people will be getting a medal and congratulatory hug.  With her mom and sister by her side, Rachel will look to the sky and wish her older brother a happy 36th birthday.

Rachel says the best thing anyone can do that has a family memebr or loved one struggling with drugs.  Is to stay positive and never give up.  Try to help them find a healthy addiction – something similar to running.

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