Local runner celebrates recovery

On Saturday, The Grand Strand Running Club held "Misty's Category 5K", a benefit run at the Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach to help Misty "The Hurricane" White on her road to recovery.

Misty, a competitive marathoner, was struck by a car while running on 17 Bypass on Oct. 2.

Several participants in Saturday's run were part of the Grand Strand Running Club, who have become like a second family to Misty through their shared love of running. "You not only spend time together; you struggle with each other. And that time, and that encouragement that you provide to each other, and the members of the Grand Strand Running Club provide to each other, establishes such a genuine connection," said George Redman, a member of the running club.

The connection that Redman describes has been carried through Misty's recent tragedy and her weeks of rehab.Saturday was a culmination of the running group's efforts.

However, Saturday was more than just a race. It was also about new beginnings for Misty, who got married to Ryan Dion, a man she met through running and who has been a strong supporter during her recovery.

During the wedding, Misty was able to walk down the aisle with her father and have her first dance, all clear signs of the progress she has made since her accident.

Initially, doctors had told her she wouldn't be able to walk or stand until at least January, but she was able to make progress sooner, and her husband isn't surprised. "When they said three to four months before she'd walk again, everyone said it would be sooner anyways. Nobody thought it would be as soon as it was," Dion said. "She'll be back. She'll be running by my side soon enough," Dion said.

Ultimately, Misty expects to be able to lace-up her running shoes once again in April of next year.

In the meantime, she will continue physical therapy and showing support for the running group that has shown her the same.