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Lenore Moreno embraces personal risk to run in the Olympic marathon trials

Lenore Moreno embraces personal risk to run in the Olympic marathon trials

In a way, Lenore Moreno is victorious in every race she runs, no matter what place she finishes, as long as she's upright and breathing at the end.

Moreno, an NCAA Division III champion at the University of La Verne in the indoor 5,000-meter run and outdoor 10,000, has exercise-induced anaphylaxis. It means she risks a severe allergic reaction if she exercises after consuming certain foods or wearing various fabrics. Eating peanuts, tree nuts, peaches, kiwis or plums — or wearing latex or a rubber headband to hold back her hair — can trigger shortness of breath, an outbreak of hives and swelling that constricts her throat.

Though she's experienced random episodes...

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