lighting the way home part 3: sisters find success

In early October, we introduced you to Mary O’Brien, a Seattle woman who has spent the better part of this year training to participate in the Divas Half Marathon at Long Island with her four sisters.  Mary reports that the event, held October 7th, surpassed her expectations and brought she and her sisters together in ways she never expected.  Read more here.

The O'Brien sisters at the start of the half marathon. Left to right: Patty, Meg, Noreen, Mary and Kathleen.

Lighting the way home

Left to right: Patty, Meg, Noreen, Mary and Kathleen.

“As bright and unwavering as the light from a glassybaby, is the inspirational community that has grown up around them.”

-Lee Rhodes

On October 7th, Mary O’Brien and her four sisters will participate in the Divas half-marathon Series at Long Island, NY.  Mary lives in Seattle, having moved here in 1990.  She is a wife and the proud mother of two teen boys who keep her busy with school and sports activities.  She also works full-time.

Running a half-marathon wasn’t something on Mary’s radar.  She had been athletic in high school, but hadn’t been physically active for a number of years.  Last year, Mary made a commitment to herself to get in better shape.  Her motivation?  To ensure that she would be here to create memories, give and receive love and friendship, and share her strength with her sons.

The date of the half-marathon–October 7th–has special significance for Mary and her family; it is the 29th anniversary of her dad’s passing.  As a girl, Mary would run with her dad, Jim, a New York City policeman.   They spent many hours together jogging through Massapequa Park Preserve.   The half-marathon course winds through another park that has special meaning to Mary and her family; it is where they went for school sporting events and concerts.  Joining Mary  for the half-marathon will be her sisters Kathleen, Patty, Meg and Noreen.

glassybaby is proud to support Mary’s efforts to get healthy, reconnect with her family and honor the memory of her dad, Jim.  The Long Island half-marathon will benefit Hewlett House, where people with cancer and their families can go to receive support in their fight against cancer.  For more information on the Divas half-marathon series, go to 

Next time:  How Mary trained for the half-marathon