Life. Changing. Times

Life.Changing.Times Boston Marathon

“Boston. The marathon that all other marathons are measured by. This isn’t only the world’s oldest, but regarded as one of the world’s most challenging races.” (Boston Athletic Association)

On April 15th, faculty member Heather Larson completed the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon. The marathon, which is run on Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts holiday, is world’s longest running marathon. The marathon requires athletes meet strict qualifying standards to compete in the event each year, based on age and gender.

Heather qualified for the 2019 race at both Grandma’s Marathon (3:14) in Duluth and at the New York City Marathon (3:12) in 2018. Athlete bib numbers for the event are based on seed ranking. She ran with a bib ranking of 9439, but finished 6998, outrunning her seeding by 2441 places.

With a finishing time of 3:21, this marathon was her slowest since having her daughter, Norah, in September of 2017. Runners faced rain and wind while waiting in athlete’s village for the 26.2 mile race commence, and then fought through high temperatures, humidity and sun as they raced. The course runs from Hopkinton to Boston, with the 4 infamous Newton Hills, including Heartbreak Hill, the Wellesley Scream Tunnel and the final ‘right on Hereford left on Boylston.’

When asked about the race Heather said “It may have been my slowest, but it was my hardest fought. I think I also set a PR for the number of high fives I gave out in one race! And, now, I’m a Boston Marathoner!”

Photos found on Boston Athletic Association.

Blog written by: Heather Larson

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