April 16, 2018, 26,948 runners huddled up in the little town of Hopkinton Massachusetts 26.2 miles away from the Boston Marathon finish line. The weather forecast called for 38-degree temperatures, two inches of rain, a sustained 15 to 25 miles per hour head wind, and a real feel temperature below freezing. But that was nothing compared to the challenges that many of these runners faced on their journey to the start line. Cancer, ALS, HIV, autism, and divorce are some of the challenges you’ll read about that these runners had to overcome to be able to participate in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. No one was going to let the weather stand in their way of running a race that meant so much to them in their own unique way.