Indy man credits running for strength in battle with cancer

Provided Photo/Scott Spitz

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It has been the love of his life and now perhaps more than ever, Scott Spitz runs for life.

The 38-year-old competitive runner is a blogger, a graphic designer and since March 2013 – a cancer patient.

Spitz credits running for the strength needed to battle abdominal cancer.

“Cancer is trying to kill me, but it’s going to have to catch me first,” Spitz said. “Throughout this whole process, running has really helped me emotionally, psychologically and physically. Sometimes I really felt maybe I was running away from cancer.”

Runner’s World featured Spitz on the cover of its December issue as the male winner of the publication’s cover contest.

A second athlete from Indianapolis was voted into the top ten finalists. Special Olympian Andrew Peterson, 21, entered the contest to bring awareness to the abilities of people with special needs.

Spitz and Peterson have met since the Runner’s World results were announced and started running regularly together.

“It’s been really awesome to have that experience with him through this contest. Being from Indianapolis and being able to represent the area for runners,” Spitz said.

Runner’s World launched its cover contest in July, collecting more than 2,300 entries.

Click here to watch Spitz’s interview on Daybreak. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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