The Real Reason Why Chip Gaines is Running a Marathon

March 19, 2018

We all know Chip and Joanna Gaines are extremely busy people. After the sad news of them ending their famous HGTV show, "Fixer Upper," we are thrilled to find out that they are not shying away from the limelight.



Thankfully, the fun-loving couple will be starting a new series called, "Fixer Upper: Behind the Design," and will likely continue to update us all from their Instagram pages with other exciting news — like Joanna's pregnancy and the gender reveal, just to name a few.


There have been some posts flying around about Chip training for a marathon, but not a lot of people know why he is. According to "Runner's World," Chip is was inspired by an incredible woman.



Chip has always wanted to run a marathon but never had the motivation to do it. Until now.


One day in October in New York City's Central Park, Chip was finishing up a press tour for his book, "Capital Gaines: Smart Things I learned Doing Stupid Stuff," when he and Joanna met a professional runner, Gabriele Grunewald, and her husband, Justin.



After they chatted for a little while, Chip learned Gabriele had been battling a rare form of cancer for almost 10 years. Gabriele has Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, which according to "Oral Cancer Foundation," most patients only survive for five years only to have these tumors return and grow.


Despite her diagnosis, Gabriele continues to run. She is a U.S. indoor champion at 3,000 meters.



Chip has now found his motivation. Gabriele. Plus, she even promised to train him!


“After hearing Gabe’s story, I realized two things: I didn’t want to spend another second standing on the sidelines," Chip wrote on the Magnolia blog, "and secondly, given what she’s gone through, I didn’t have any excuse not to give this a shot. So I committed."


Gabriele has been sharing her story on Instagram; the highs and the lows. She has over 34,000 followers just on Instagram. The native Minnesotan describes herself as a "pro runner, rare cancer survivor, lover of life."


“He wants to do a marathon, but I’m going to convince him that a mile and/or a 5K would be a great place to start,” Gabriele wrote on her Instagram page.


Apparently, Chip decided to skip those instructions and take on the entire 26.2 miles. Last May, he has started his training in his hometown of Waco, Texas. His first ever marathon will be on May 6.


Sadly, his first go didn't end well. He was able to accomplish 1.7 miles but suffered a great deal.


“Turns out I would have been better off running to the mailbox and back because by the time I rounded the first-mile mark, I was gasping for air and it took everything I had not to keel over right there,” Gaines wrote.


“I am so thrilled you are taking on this challenge and excited to guide you on the journey,” she wrote to Chip on Twitter. “(I’m making some changes to your training plan at this very moment.) We will make sure you find that finish line and have fun doing it!”


With the support from Gabriele and Joanna and thousands of his followers, Chip keeps pressing hard each day. According to "Country Living," Chip has reached an 11-mile run.


If you are town, on May 6th, Magnolia Market will be hosting their first "Silo District Marathon." The race will feature a 5k, a half-marathon, and a full marathon. For the full marathon, the cost to register is $150 and begins at 7 a.m.


If you would like to participate or donate, just know that all the proceeds will be given to newly formed organizations and charities. It will help all those affected by any rare form of cancer.


"We will donate 100 percent of the profits from the race to further the much-needed research on rare cancers, which make up 50 percent of all cancer diagnoses," they wrote on the marathon's website.


For questions, you can call 254-235-0603 or email


Have you been following Chip's training? Let us know what you think about this! In other news, Chip and Joanna just purchased a gorgeous 113-year-old home. Check out the pictures here!

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