Jacinta has good reason to run

Dash for diabetes: Jacinta Berlingeri has not allowed her diabetic condition to stop her from running marathons.
Dash for diabetes: Jacinta Berlingeri has not allowed her diabetic condition to stop her from running marathons.

The mother of three is a part-time university lecturer, PhD student and a marathon runner she also has type 1 diabetes.

Although the Mosman Park resident said her life had changed substantially since the diagnosis about 15 years ago, it had not stopped her from living it.

�I did the City to Surf last year and I was the sixth female that was a great run. I�ve run Berlin (marathon) the year before and the Gold Coast (marathon),� Mrs Berlingeri said.

�With my dietician, sports specialist and coach we just worked out a plan on how to keep competing even though I�ve got diabetes I just have to do lots of monitoring.�

On May 25, Mrs Berlingeri will push her limits further by competing in the Run for a Reason as an ambassador for Subiaco-based organisation Diabetes WA.

However, she said she would be steering clear of the elite side of the event, focusing instead on inspiring others with the disease.

�It�s such a great community event I�ve still got personal goals to achieve but it�s just to demonstrate that anyone can go out and run regardless of whether you�re diabetic or not,� Mrs Berlingeri said.

�Even with the younger groups who might be newly diagnosed I�m kind of going, I�m a marathon runner how am I meant to inspire them, but it does.

�It�s still doable. Just because you�re diabetic doesn�t mean it�s the end of the world.�

To donate to the Diabetes WA team �Dash�, visit https://hbfrun2015.everydayhero.com/au/dash-for-diabetes-wa/members