RALEIGH, N.C. — Megan Mansy was a runner in college and professionally, but after two hip surgeries, she thought her days of competition were over.
But with the support of her husband and runners at the Cary school where she coaches, the former N.C. State athlete has qualified for Raleigh’s biggest track race of the year, the Sir Walter Miler, on Friday night.
After her hip surgeries in 2021, she took a high school coaching position at Cary Christian School, where her athletes became an important part of her support system.
“They’ve just really helped me through a tough time and they don’t even know they helped me,” Mansy said. “It’s just like opened up my mind to more possibilities, like, hey, I can coach, I can run, I can be a wife. I can be multiple things and do them all really well.”
The Knights cross country and track team inspired Mansy to compete this summer in Sir Walter Miler races that qualified her for a championship race, which has enabled her to compete again with the pros.
And she has had help from her husband, Michael Mansy, who has written up workouts for her.
“I just love that I get to be a part of helping her get to where she wants to go and accomplish her goals,” Michael Mansy said.
This will be the third time Megan Mansy has run in the Sir Walter Miler race, but this one will be different.
“Keeping it at its purest form of like, let’s go out there, let’s just enjoy running first,” she said.
To see how Mansy and the other athletes ran, find the results here https://sirwaltermiler.com/results/.