6th MDG Airman represents MacDill during Air Force Marathon

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  • By Airman 1st Class Lauren Cobin
  • 6th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

For many, completing a full marathon is a lifetime goal and a true test of one’s physical and mental limits.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Marisa Onofrio recently tested her limits, by representing Team MacDill in the 2022 Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept. 17.

Running the Air Force Marathon was truly surreal,” said Onofrio. “I could not have asked for a better way to show support for my branch, as well as run for all of those who cannot.”

The thought of stepping over the finish line was a leading motivator for her throughout the weeks of training. She recalled many hard lessons, tough days and above all, those who reminded her of her true capabilities.

“One lesson I’ve learned through all my training is that it is ok to not always be perfect,” she emphasized.

Looking beyond fitness, Onofrio integrates these values into her daily life as a physical therapy technician with the 6th Medical Group. Oftentimes, reminding her patients that recovering from injuries is similar to achieving any goal.

Onofrio believes that progress is not always linear, stating that some days will feel better than others, but that doesn’t mean progress isn’t taking place.

“I am well aware that long-distance running isn’t for everyone,” said Onofrio. “I hope that others who see me can be inspired to achieve any fitness goal.”