Dori Livingstone is a finalist for a spot on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine. Photo courtesy Runner’s World


Austin runner Dori Livingston just landed a little closer to a spot on the cover of Runner’s World Magazine.

Livingston, who trains with Rogue Running and calls the coaches and runners there her family, was named one of 10 finalists in the third annual Runner’s World Magazine Cover Search.

More than 1,000 people entered the national contest, which started in May. Two winners, one male and one female, will be announced in early November and appear on the magazine’s December cover.

“I was surprised and I’m in the company of a lot of great people who have inspiring stories,” Livingston said Wednesday.

She says she loves running because it lets her get to know the city in a different way. “You can drive around Austin, but once you get on foot you can see it,” she said.

If she wins the contest, it won’t be the first time she’s appeared on the cover of a publication. Livingston once graced the cover of Highway Patrol Magazine.

Applicants in the contest shared personal stories about how running changed their lives. Livingston, a special agent with the Texas State Police, wrote about how she used running to cope with her diagnosis of melanoma. She ran the Austin Half Marathon this year.

In July, a panel of judges named 100 semifinalists. Willey later announced the top 10 through a video.

“These 10 finalists made a big impression on us through applications and interviews, and we’re excited for two of them to be featured on our cover,” said David Willey, editor in chief of the magazine.

Besides Livingston, finalists include a 53-year-old woman with Parkinson’s disease, an 81-year-old man who started running 50 years ago to decompress from work, a 43-year-old victim of spousal abuse, a 38-year-old former football player, a 47-year-old cellist and breast cancer survivor, and a 34-year-old U.S. Army veteran.

A panel of judges, including Willey; Runner’s World Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso; Runner’s World Executive Editor Tish Hamilton; and Brooks Running Company CEO Jim Weber will choose the two winners.

Here’s Livingston’s contest profile:

“Dori Livingston has always felt strong, while playing college basketball and women’s professional football and throughout her 23 years in law enforcement. So a diagnosis of melanoma floored her. She had never been a runner, but with much urging from a friend, she signed up for a Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure. ‘I never thought I could run that far,’ she says. It was joining a local running club, the Rogue Runners, that changed her attitude. “I was dealing with a lot of things,” she says, ‘and I loved the camaraderie and support I found there.’ Since then, this special agent with the Texas State Police has run distances from 10Ks to ultras. Running, she says, helps her cope with the stress of her job, especially as an African-American woman dealing with public perceptions. She is currently taking time off to heal a torn rotator cuff she sustained falling a few times during a recent trail race. Her ultimate goal, she says, is a 100-miler. ‘I’m verrrrry competitive.’”

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