Meet Kiley Lyall: The First Runner With Autism to Cover a Major Magazine
The January/February 2016 issue of Women’s Running will feature Kiley Lyall u2014 a 24-year-old half-marathon runner with autism| the first autistic runner to be featured on the cover of a major fitness magazine. In an inspiring interview with the magazine| Kiley explained how she took up running after being diagnosed with autism and severe epilepsy at a young age. Even now| running doesn’t come without its risks for Kiley| who says she had two seizures last year during her first half-marathon. Though the on-site paramedics suggested she stop the race| Kiley ended up finishing without any additional complications. Her brave stance: “My autism doesn’t take over my days anymore. Although my lifelong seizures have recently become life threatening| when I run| it relieves so much stress on my brain| allowing me to function much better through most days!””
Kiley beat out 4|000 other applicants for the magazine’s recent cover with plus-size model Erica Schenk is another example of how the magazine is putting diversity center stage.
While we’ll have to wait a few more months until the official cover reveal| keep reading to learn more about Kiley.
Kiley frequently participates in races with her mother| Kathleen u2014 another runner! On the effect running has had on Kiley| Kathleen said| “”I just canu2019t express the change in her in a yearu2019s time.””
Kiley met with Women’s Running editors (pictured here) in San Diego on Nov. 9 for her cover shoot u2014 and was gifted a new running wardrobe.