Their hearts beat rapidly. Their fingers rest on the “start/stop” button on their watches. Their minds are whizzing all over the place. Their double-knotted running shoes toe the line. Bang! The gun is shot, and their legs power through the beginning strides. Their shorts swish. Their feet pound the ground. A sea of committed runners set into motion a tsunami of history.
They are the heroes of the running world. They are the runners who have beat the odds in order the chase their dreams.They are the selected runners whose achievements, times, and performances in previous marathons have qualified them for perhaps the biggest moment in their lives: running in the Boston Marathon.
For Kara Goucher, a track-and-field champ gone marathon pro, there’s a goal much larger than herself associated with winning gold in Boston. For the former NCAA champ, winning gold at this epic race will mean becoming the first American woman since 1985 to do so. Although this will be only her second marathon, Kara has the heart of a champion that will take her straight to the top. In 2007, she placed third in the 10,000 meters at the World Outdoor Championships and also beat world-renowned British runner Paula Radcliffe in a half-marathon. Just last year, Kara competed in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Olympic Games and qualified for the Boston Marathon by placing third at the New York City with the fastest time ever posted by a debut marathoner.
Stay tuned in for more Boston Marathon news—the long-awaited, anticipated running of the 113th annual Boston Marathon will begin tomorrow!