Anita Greenland, Marketing and PR Coordinator at Greensboro Science Center, is on the run.
The mother of two just ran 26.2 miles thru the streets of Boston in 3 hours and 51 minutes. And she did it with some 36,000 other runners and more than a million people watching from the sidelines. The usual limit is 25,000 runners.
The 2014 Boston Marathon took place April 21 on Patriots Day. This 118 th running was made up of a larger field of runners to allow any who had not finished last year due to the tragedy to come back and participate. Last year a bombing took place that killed three and injured more than 260 people.
“This was the sixth marathon I have run,” said Greenland. “I ran a few before I had kids, and when they were born, I took some time off.”
With her children now 13 and 15, she has been training and participates in a marathon annually. She just finished one in Kiawah Island, S.C. in December.
“I knew this was going to be a significant day, but I was not prepared for how emotional it was,” Greenland said. “I saw amputees – some of which ran last year and some on the sideline cheering. Emotion just washed all over me.”
Greenland said that one of the most inspirational things happened toward the end of the race.
“The whole course was great, but at about mile 25 we were right in downtown Boston, “ she said. “The crowd was going nuts and shouting ‘USA, USA, USA.’ It was so amazing and emotional. I’m tearing up just talking about it.” !