Sandy Myers has added her name to the list of Clermont countians who qualified for and competed in the Boston Marathon.
Myers’ achievement of qualifying for the prestigious 26.2-mile run is remarkable considering she began running less than three years ago.
The Miami Township resident qualified for Boston by her time in the 2006 Flying Pig Marathon. Competing in her first-ever marathon in the 45-49 women’s age division. She completed the course in 3-hours, 56-minutes, 27-seconds.
“I was thrilled to qualify,” she said.
She decided to make an effort at distance running when her children suggested she give it a try. Both Chris, a senior, and April, a junior, compete as members of the Milford High School cross country program.
Once arriving in Boston, she was immediately confronted by a dreaded New England weather condition, a noreaster.
"The weather was absolutely horrible. It was very cold and rainy with sleet and gusty winds," she said. "On the day of the marathon all of us who were competing boarded buses at 6:45 a.m. to get to the start. The winds were at 52-54 miles per hour."
The Boston Marathon always takes place on April 16, known as Patriots Day, the day the American Revolution began in 1775 and the course of the marathon follows the path of the British troops who were very closely pursued by the American minutemen who were New England farmers and business men and others who drove the British back into Boston where they were besieged until the lobsterbacks evacuated the city.
"I was in the second wave of the race and it got started at 10:30 a.m. When I was running it would rain off and on and the sun would peak through.
"I had a major hamstring problem and it was a very hilly course. I was feeling a lot of pain even at the beginning and I thought to myself. I made it! I was running and I stopped a lot and stretched in the last eight miles.
"I was thrilled to finish the race. I was very determined to finish and I told myself I wasn't quitting. I thought about a couple of friends of mine who have been diagnosed with cancer and how they are courageously fighting it and that helped me quite a bit to be able to finish the marathon."
Myers completed the marathon in 4:21.51, a major accomplishment since so many competitors are not able to complete the course.
"The people in Boston were so nice. I saw (U. S. Congresswoman) Jean Schmidt and her twin sister Jennifer Black there and that was nice.
"I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. I hope to be able to qualify for next year's marathon from the Columbus Marathon. It is going to be later this year," Myers said.