La Jolla-based cystic fibrosis survivor, Lindsay Shipp, excelled during the half marathon portion of this year’s Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half on Jan. 19, as one of the “Heroes of the Marathon.”
Though Shipp experienced some pain under her lung that prevented her from sprinting at the end (as she’d planned), she finished at No. 1,161 out of 7,256 female runners, and No. 383 out of 4,303 female runners, ages 30-34.
Five years ago Shipp could barely walk up the stairs without having to catch her breath; today she competes regularly as a runner and pursues her passion as a professional singer while holding down two jobs.
In 2009, at age 25, her genetic profile allowed her to participate in a three-year clinical trial for the drug, Kalydeco. By early 2010, Shipp’s difficulty breathing drastically decreased, and she steadily regained lung function. In early 2012, she got on a treadmill for the first time to test her lungs. In September 2012, she ran her first 5K, and medaled in the following three 5Ks she participated in, including the La Jolla Shores 5K. In May 2013, she ran her first 10K. In August 2013, she ran her first half-marathon in under two hours.
The 30-year-old speaks around the country on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to offer hope to children living with cystic fibrosis.