200226-HP-Melinda Gruber-photo

Melinda and Clark Gruber are shown running in The Monaco Run-Hercules 5K run in Monaco earlier this month. At this time last year, Melinda Gruber set a goal of completing 50 5K races by her 50th birthday, which just happened to fall on Feb. 16 – the day of the race.

SOUTH HAVEN — A year ago, cancer survivor Melinda Gruber set out to run 50 5K runs by the time she turned 50.

This month, she not only accomplished her goal but received recognition from a royal figure who represents the tiny European Principality of Monaco.