IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Spokane Marathoners Running To Make Bosto - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Spokane Marathoners Running To Make Boston Even Stronger

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - "Runners are a breed of their own, they're fighters," explained Heather LeFriec, who runs with the Spokane Swifts, an all-female competitive running club. "If you tell them they can't do something, they'll go do it. They like the challenge, that's mostly why they run."

That is why she, and many other runners from Spokane, are not surprised by the fact that this year's Boston Marathon is bigger than ever, with over 36,000 runners participating. The Spokane Swifts alone are sending 18 runners.

"We're really excited to be there together," said LeFriec. "We share a bond because doing something like Boston together makes those bonds stronger."

For marathon runners, Boston is one of the most, if not 'the' most, prestigious races.

Javier Pita, who has completed 24 marathons, says it's his favorite race.

"There's nothing regular about Boston, it's special," Pita explained.

Last year, he made it to Mile 25 when he was pulled from the race. He's going back this year to finish what he started.

"Last year's Boston Marathon was quite an impact moment I'll never forget," he explained. "I've been waiting quite a while for this year. I'm really looking forward to it."

Pita was also not surprised that so many runners were headed back to Boston just like him  to finish what they started last year to stay "Boston Strong."

"I'd say we're a pretty tough group; we're not easily deterred."

For Nicole Lund, this is her 14th marathon, but first Boston Marathon.

"It was always out there to qualify and run this race, so it was always there in the back of my mind."

And this race is very personal for Lund.

For one, she is going to Boston because her friends fundraised money to send her across the country to compete. Additionally, she is running to honor her father and brother-in-law, who both are currently battling cancer.

And, like many runners, she feels empowered by the "Boston Strong" mindset that came out of last year's event.

"My pace would have put me close to the finish at that time last year," she explained. "It hit home because it's people like me, not elite runners, who run that pace but to see how everyone came together and ran together, it's made me grateful to be a part of that community."

This year's Boston Marathon is only Jennifer Van Cott's 2nd marathon  her first race was her qualifier run in Park City, Utah.

Van Cott is a seasoned athlete, but even though she is relatively new to the marathon scene, she is already "Boston Strong."

"I don't have personal ties to anyone who experienced the bombing last year," she explained. "But the running community's really small, everyone's really supportive of each other.  We band together, in Spokane everyone is running for other people other than ourselves that's the most emotional part."

She said on Monday she will run one mile for every person in her family, and will also be thinking about those hurt in last year's bombing.

"Running is a commitment in and of itself, so to do it for more than yourself is really important," said Van Cott. "It's a way to commit to anything.  There's got to be a bigger meaning to it."

So, as veteran racers and first-time marathoners from the Inland Northwest head across the country, they bring the strength, determination, and drive they built up in Spokane, both physically and emotionally, to make the city of Boston even stronger.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.>>
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    >>
  • Man hospitalized after downtown dispute

    Man hospitalized after downtown dispute

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:09:05 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One man is in critical condition after a fight in downtown Spokane early Sunday morning, according to Spokane Police. Patrol officers found the man unresponsive at 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Sprague and Stevens. Witnesses told police the injured man had walked out in front of a taxi and started a fight.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One man is in critical condition after a fight in downtown Spokane early Sunday morning, according to Spokane Police. Patrol officers found the man unresponsive at 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Sprague and Stevens. Witnesses told police the injured man had walked out in front of a taxi and started a fight.>>
  • 'Best Pig Out Yet'

    'Best Pig Out Yet'

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:08:40 GMT

     

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Pig Out In The Park brings in thousands to delve into their favorite fair-like foods and put diets on the back burner. But this year is a little bit different, because organizers are calling it the largest pig out yet.

    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane Police to be equipped with body cameras Monday

    Spokane Police to be equipped with body cameras Monday

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:10:27 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department will equip some officers with body cameras Monday, after Police Chief Frank Straub fast tracked pilot program. The Spokesman-Review reports 17 officers will receive the cameras designed to promote accountability and transparency within the police force. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department will equip some officers with body cameras Monday, after Police Chief Frank Straub fast tracked pilot program. The Spokesman-Review reports 17 officers will receive the cameras designed to promote accountability and transparency within the police force. >>
  • Man hospitalized after downtown dispute

    Man hospitalized after downtown dispute

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:09:05 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One man is in critical condition after a fight in downtown Spokane early Sunday morning, according to Spokane Police. Patrol officers found the man unresponsive at 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Sprague and Stevens. Witnesses told police the injured man had walked out in front of a taxi and started a fight.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One man is in critical condition after a fight in downtown Spokane early Sunday morning, according to Spokane Police. Patrol officers found the man unresponsive at 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Sprague and Stevens. Witnesses told police the injured man had walked out in front of a taxi and started a fight.>>
  • 'Best Pig Out Yet'

    'Best Pig Out Yet'

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:08:40 GMT

     

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Pig Out In The Park brings in thousands to delve into their favorite fair-like foods and put diets on the back burner. But this year is a little bit different, because organizers are calling it the largest pig out yet.

    >>