Tony says Leslie, who planned to study in Moscow in the summer of 2007, also ran the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2006. "She had been working on that for a year, and it was a goal. She was very goal-oriented, and you knew for a fact when she said she was going to accomplish a goal you could consider it done," Tony says.
As she ran the marathon, Leslie saw posters cheering runners on to beat Oprah's time of 4:29:30. "She ran it in 4:02 and some-odd seconds," Tony says. "When she was done, she told us that one of her goals was she was goaded by the sign to beat Oprah. And she did! … She was so very proud of her achievement, and we certainly were as well."