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Marathon Goddess: Julie Weiss 

Julie Weiss, of Santa Monica, California, ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks in 2013. In the process, she ran 1,362.4 miles, and to date has raised over $400,000 in the fight against pancreatic cancer through her website Julie generated considerable pancreatic cancer awareness through high profile media attention on CNN, The TODAY Show, the Los Angeles Times. O Magazine and many other outlets.  She is also one of seven featured runners in the inspiring documentary Spirit of the Marathon II. Following the death of her father, her biggest fan, from Pancreatic Cancer, she was feeling determined to make a difference.  Running gave her the answer.  Julie decided to turn her passion into a purpose and embarked on this incredible endeavor to raise hope, money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer, the 3rd leading cause of cancer death in the United States, also the lowest funded for research.  Julie chose the name Marathon Goddess, but is quick to point out its true meaning that it is not about her, it’s a name that allows Julie to encourage others to embrace their passion and let it shine. Julie ran her 100th marathon at the 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon and is now working on a book to be released in 2017. Julie will run her 104th marathon in March. 

Julie's connection with the Neustadter Family

Julie Weiss had a campaign called "30 days of Hope" where she would run, raise awareness, and fund research for pancreatic cancer. Anne Neustadter reached out to Julie and asked if she would dedicate a day to Michael Neustadter who passed away from pancreatic cancer. Without hesitation, Julie said yes, and honored him on Katie's Birthday on November 22, 2014, which was Day 22 of her 30 day compaign. On that day she ran 10 miles in his memory. Fast forward to 2016...Katie and Julie both ran the Chicago Marathon and met at the start line.

Julie can be seen in: 

  • O Magazine: 2013
  • Prevention Magazine: 2013
  • Women’s Running: 2013
  • Today Show: 2013
  • Runner’s World Magazine: 2013
  • Spirit of the Marathon II movie
  • and more!