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Diamond Cellar Tag Heuer Ultimate Finisher's Medals Honorees

Diamond Cellar Tag Heuer Ultimate Finisher's Medals Honorees

Diamond Cellar and Tag Heuer teamed up again in 2012 to award the Ultimate Finisher's Medals to two Capital City Half Marathon participants who “show what they are made of” by overcoming great challenges to compete in Cap City. This year's recipients were Kristen Segna of Reynoldsburg, Ohio and Matt O'Brien of Mansfield, Ohio.

Segna and O'Brien were recognized at the 2012 Champions VIP Reception on May 3 during the OhioHealth Health & Fitness Expo Party. Both were awarded Tag Heuer timepieces by Jen Walker of the Diamond Cellar.

Segna, 36, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was an active triathlete and runner and participated in several triathlons and road races a year until July 9, 2010, when she fell while rock climbing and suffered a shattered leg. After a two-hour rescue, she was taken to a hospital for emergency surgery. The doctor told her to be prepared to wake up from surgery with her leg amputated. Miraculously, the doctor saved her leg, but said she would always walk with a limp and that she may be able to run someday, but not competitively. Kristen did not accept that. She worked fiercely to rehabilitate the leg she almost lost. Last year, she ran the Commit To Be Fit 5K as her “comeback” run. This year, she returned after another year of rehabilitation and training and completed in the Capital City Half Marathon in 1:58.18. Congratulations, Kristen! » Hear Kristen's own story on YouTube

Diamond Cellar Tag Heuer Ultimate Finisher's Medals Honorees

O'Brien, 36, of Mansfield, Ohio, was running Cap City for the first time on May 3, 2011 when he suffered cardiac arrest about 25 feet from the finish line. “I was basically flat-lined,” O'Brien said in an interview with The Columbus Dispatch. “I was gone for a long time. I pretty much died.” O'Brien later learned he suffered from a hereditary electrical arrhythmia called Brugada syndrome, which causes sudden death in apparently healthy people because of severe disturbances of the hearth's rhythm. O'Brien was revived by Columbus Division of Fire medics, then spent two weeks in Grant Medial Center recovering. By June 2011, he was able to run on a treadmill. He built up his training over the past few months and, running with his wife, Audrey, completed the Capital City Half Marathon in 2:49.48. Matthew was among the honorary starters for this his year's Cap City. Congratulations Matt!

Read Matt's full story: Capital City Half Marathon: Runner returns to half marathon year after near-fatal collapse (Columbus Dispatch)

Segna and O'Brien were recognized at the 2012 Champions VIP Reception on May 3 during the OhioHealth Health & Fitness Expo Party. Both were awarded Tag Heuer timepieces by Jen Walker of the Diamond Cellar.

The Ultimate Finisher's Medal is sponsored by Diamond Cellar and Tag Heuer.

close up of timepieces by Tag Heuer

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