The Greek American community of Western Pennsylvania offers distinction to Kim Lambert "in recognition of the endurance, strength, victory and triumph of the human spirit"The Greek American community of Western Pennsylvania and its various organizations have recently recognized Kim Lambert with the Pheidippides Award for her significant contribution to the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Significant contribution includes, but is not limited to, significant activities in the organization process, the continuous significant participation in and/or support of DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon events.
Whether running one of the races or volunteering, Lambert has participated in the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events in some capacity since 2011. She also served as a coach of the Steel City Road Runners (SCRR) club from 2013 through 2017, leading track workouts and group runs, as well as providing one-on-one support to SCRR members. According to nominator Jordan Hinds, “I have always highly respected her leadership as a coach… She has helped runners of all abilities achieve their goals.”
Hinds also praises her determination as a runner - particularly because Lambert suffered a stroke in 2016 during her peak training period for the Chicago Marathon. In the early months after her stroke, this avid runner was devastated that she was not allowed to run. However, Lambert was able to walk, and as she regained strength and balance, that's exactly what she did at group runs and races.
“She continued to be an inspiration to me and all of the SCRR members as she lead our track workouts and trained for the Boston Marathon - just seven months after having a stroke,” said Hinds. “She has overcome so many obstacles and refuses to give up.”
Since Lambert was cleared to run a little over a year ago, she has run about 15 races - five of which have been marathons. The 2017 UPMC Health Plan / UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run was her proudest and most emotional moment though, as it was the first race she ran since her stroke and place third in her age group. According to Lambert, “I'm not a stroke victim, I am a stroke survivor. I want to succeed in spite of it and not fail because of it. Each race provides a learning experience and milestone in my recovery.”
In addition to racing, Lambert has also returned to coaching with ProBike+Run to train runners once again for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events. She not only loves running her hometown race but also supporting and cheering on her fellow runners throughout the year since “the race experience goes beyond just running it.”
“Kim is truly an amazing person, athlete, coach, leader and friend. She is a wonderful asset to the running community and I believe that there is no one more deserving of this award,” said Hines. The Greek American community of Western Pennsylvania agreed with Hinds and was proud to honor Lambert with the Pheidippides Award earlier this month.
The Pheidippides Award is presented "in recognition of the endurance, strength, victory and triumph of the human spirit" during the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events. The award will eventually consist of an art piece inspired by ancient Hellenic art, the original run by Pheidippides and elements of Pittsburgh history. The names of the awardees will be inscribed in its base to be on display in perpetuity. For more information, go to: PittsburghMarathon.com/pheidippides