Woman overcomes trauma and completes Missoula Mother’s Day half marathon

Posted at 9:54 AM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 11:55:16-04

MISSOULA – Sunday at the Run Like a Mother half marathon many people ran to honor their moms, grandmothers, and other caregivers.

Amber Riel also ran for herself. She was in a car accident in October of 2017. Riel was previously diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and sustained a traumatic brain injury in the accident.

She says that her physical therapist told her it wasn’t likely she would be able to complete a half marathon. But now that she has, she has her sights set on running a full marathon soon.

Riel says none of this would be possible without support from her mom.

“Happy Mother’s Day. Mom, I couldn’t do it without ya. She was along the race line cheering me on and she was at the finish line telling me I could do it.”

Riel and other race participants were excited to be able to celebrate their loved ones at the event.