09-12-17 / 9:25 AM / RUNNING TO INSPIRE AND OVERCOME.


The Osgood File. Sponsored in part by Lexington and Red Lion Hotels – where they say “Thank You” to guests with “Hello Rewards,” so you can enjoy their best rates and personalized perks. Book your hotel stay today. This is Charles Osgood from the Dell Small Business Studios on the CBS Radio Network.

One of the best known runners in the nation’s capital is not famous for speed or even distance.

She’s well-known, because there was a time when doctors said she would never run at all.

But our CBS News colleague Weijia Jiang tells us from Washington this athlete is proving them very wrong – and motivating people to abandon their comfort zones…

VO – Weijia Jiang, CBS News Correspondent
“With a few exceptions…” (:02)

NAT – Announcer at Race
“And welcome back Jamie Watts here at the finish line…” (:03)

VO – Weijia Jiang
“…Jamie Watts comes in dead last when running races. But finishing at all gives her plenty to brag about.” (:07)

As we’ll hear after this…

((( BREAK )))

Here with Jamie Watts is Weijia Jiang…

SOT – Jamie Watts, with Weijia Jiang
“(Jiang:) Tell me what it was like to cross that finish line for the first time. (Watts:) I felt such a sense of accomplishment.” (:06)

VO – Weijia Jiang
“Watts was born with a form of cerebral palsy that makes her leg muscles so stiff, she needs a cane for balance. But that didn’t stop her from doing something she never thought possible. Five years ago, she ran her first 5K.” (:14)

SOT – Jamie Watts
“And it was just such a great experience that I just kept going.” (:03)

VO – Weijia Jiang
“She decided to run 34 races in the year leading up to her 34th birthday – but ended up running 40.” (:07)

SOT – Jamie Watts
“I just felt an overwhelming sense of community and accomplishment, not just for myself but for everybody that helped me get to that goal.” (:08)

VO – Weijia Jiang
“Race organizer Lisa Reeves says Watts has become a local hero in the Washington running world.” (:06)

SOT – Lisa Reeves
“She proves that nothing is impossible – that the human body is capable of anything, and it’s the mind that we all have to overcome.” (:08)

VO – Weijia Jiang
“…inspiring people not only to run, but to face challenges – no matter how impossible they appear.” (:06)

Thank you, Weijia Jiang.

The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network.