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Amputee World Record Holder in Marathon and Triathlon: Amy Palmiero-Winters Wins Runners World Heroes of Running Award
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Hicksville, NY October 24, 2007 Amy Palmiero-Winters, of Hicksville, New York, single mother of two, world class marathon runner and triathelte  has won the 2007 Runners World  Peoples Choice Heroes of Running award. This award is given out in recognition of a runner chosen by the public as a hero of running. Since 2004, Runners World, the leading magazine for the running community annually presents awards to inspirational elite and citizen runners. Ms. Palmiero-Winters was also nominated this year for the 2006 ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for best female athlete with a disability.

This year the Runners World Heroes of Running awards dinner will take place on Saturday November 3 in New York City as part of the New York City Marathon weekend. In addition to the Peoples Choice Heroes award 10 other heroes  awards are being given out by Runners World. Ms. Palmiero-Winters was very excited to hear that she will be included with so many respected runners and heroes at this annual event, "There are so many heroes in the sports world. To be included with all of these great athletes is quite an honor"       

Ms. Palmiero-Winters is the current world record holder in both Olympic distance triathlon (2:25) and marathon, (Chicago 2006 -3:04:16) for female below knee amputees and the fastest amputee marathoner in the U.S. She was the first athlete with a physical disability to compete in the elite able-bodied division of world class triathlon at the 2007 Nautica New York City Triathlon. She won the International Triathlon Union World Championships in 2005 and 2006. She was named USA Triathlons' Physically Challenged Female Athlete of the Year for 2006. She was featured in the May 2007 issue of Runners World. Amy can be found online at seeamyrun.com .

Team A Step Ahead is a team of amputee athletes from around the world who compete in events including the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, multiple marathons, road races around the world and the Paralympic Games. Team A Step Ahead's members have been very competitive against able-bodied athletes, placing and wining age group awards. These elite athletes hold or have held world records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, track and field events, marathons and triathlons. Athletes receive training from coaches, prosthetists and physical therapists that are experts in working with amputee athletes, including world record holding Paralympians. The company's motto is "Live Life Without Limitations." For additional information on Team A Step Ahead visit www.astepaheadonline.com

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