What struck me was the power of the city. I fought hard to get back...When I did, it was an amazing race on a perfect weather day. I hit my PR that year and then then the cowardice of two terrible individuals rocked the event and changed it in my eyes forever...No cowards like those small men who killed innocent people on Patriot’s Day can stop me from doing what I love.
Our friends from Armadillo Running, a new Austin running community news blog, recently began a series of interviews on local Austin runners participating in the Boston marathon. Every year Austin runners train tirelessly to qualify and compete in this competitive race. Marathon training groups now structure portions of their training programs around big races like Boston.
What makes this marathon so special? It is one of the harder races to get into. Runners need a qualifying time nearly 5 minutes faster than the official BQ time to guarantee entry. Last year our Austin road and trail training group Trail Roots sent nearly 10 runners to Boston to compete. Armadillo Running interviewed one of our Trail Roots members this past week, and she shares how the tragic Boston marathon bombings were a big part of her continuing to race to prove that love overpowers hate.
Read the entire story on Armadillo Running and comment below to share with us your Boston Marathon Story! Trail Roots is excited to have Mercedes head back to Boston to continue to chase her running dreams. Mercedes is one tough yet loving woman, and we will be cheering her along her journey!