Winston-Salem woman completes fitness journey by finishing Mistletoe Run

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Kenyetta Richmond attempted to finish the Mistletoe Run in Winston-Salem back in 2013.

Unfortunately for Richmond, she was not able to finish because of severe hip pain. She went to the doctor and was told that she had early arthritis in her right hip.

After her diagnosis, Richmond had a hard time walking and had to use a cane. Richmond realized she was too young to be dealing with these issues and gradually started to work out and lose weight.

Then, Richmond remembered a group cheering on all the runners at the Mistletoe Run. She joined the group Black Girls Run and started walking and running with them at least three times a week.

“One thing about Black Girls Run is that it’s a sisterhood of women that are working together to live healthier lives,” Richmond said.

Once she started working out with the group, she dropped nearly 70 pounds and has run three 5K races.

There was one, however, that Richmond knew she needed to complete -- the Mistletoe Run. Richmond had that on her bucket list since she had to quit back in 2013.

Richmond said she was determined to finish the run, “just to see the finish line" and know that she had accomplished her goals.