Onward Shay! Boise Marathon is based around Shay Hirsch's story. In early 2014, running lost a dear friend to her 11 year battle with cancer. Shay Hirsch was born June 8, 1947; and raised in the city of Boise, ID. A grandmother, mother and loving wife, Shay brought joy into the hearts of everyone she met. The strength to overcome great struggles, learned during her time as a marathon runner, helped Shay face her diagnosis and ensuing battled with myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, with dignity. Throughout her battle, Shay wrote to her friends of the struggles she faced. Never for pity and always with a seemingly impossible amount of courage. Every uplifting email she wrote to friends following her progression ended with, “Onward, Shay” thus, the name of our race. Because Shay loved the Wizard of Oz and what the story represented, we will incorporate the inspirational themes of courage, heart, bravery and endurance, much like what is needed to complete a marathon.