Most of this post is from an email that Syndie sent to the group and I loved it so much I wanted to use her words combined with some of my own and share photos of our Boston Runnahs!
Wow. What an incredible day in Boston this week!
For the elite women it was crazy competitive. All three of the top finishers broke the previous course record going under 2:20:43. The top American female was Shalane with a 2:22:02 (finishing 7th). A time she trained for and thought could win. She did vow though later to come back every year until she wins it…and I know she will! Desi was the 2nd America female and finished with a 2:23:54.
On the men’s side it was all MEB!! Meb Keflezighi from San Diego, took the lead at the beginning and never looked back. He is the first American winner of the Boston Marathon in 38 years!! What makes all of this even better is that he is such a genuinely likeable guy. I have heard so many good things said about him, and read that on each corner of his race bib, written in black sharpie, was the names of last year’s victims!
This pic was one that he tweeted out before the race wishing everyone good luck and you can see the names! Now that’s classy!
Most importantly, our two gals Rachael & Darris finally were able to cross that finish line after being taken from the course last year due to the bombings. We are all so grateful for their safety and that they were strong enough to go back.
We are so proud of both of them for completing that chapter of their lives. Great job ladies!!
This photo of Darris makes me choke up seeing the emotion that everyone must have been feeling that day and crossing that finish line this year.
Despite the prediction of lots of rain and wind, we had a few of our chicks representing RC3 this year at the Phoenix Marathon. Some did the full, some did the half.
Rhonda and Syndie trying to stay dry at the starting line
Su and April keeping dry before the start of the race. Both of these girls did the full marathon.
April making her way across the finish line in her very first full marathon with a time of 4:15!
Half marathon finishers: Jaynie, Carly set a PR with a time of 2:04 taking 11 minutes off her first half, Rhonda set a PR with a time of 2:11 taking 8 minutes off her first half and Syndie with a time of 1:56 and also placed 13th in her division!
The RC3 chicks love the Mountains to Beach marathon so much we are going back again this year! Even though we do not live in the middle of the polar vortex, it was a cold morning (and dark)! Always an adventure with these girls and always happy when the sun finally comes up at the end of our run.