Boston Survivor Finishes Race at Lansing Marathon

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- The 2nd Lansing Marathon went on without a hitch. More than 2,000 runners from all over mid michigan filled the city streets to take on a 26 .2 mile run.

But the event wasn't just focused on the run itself. After being cut short in Boston, a local runner got to finish her race in Lansing right before the marathon began.

As local survivor from the Boston attack Virginia Beard crossed the finish line, hundred of spectators cheered her on. Something she didn't get to experience a week ago.

"When the bombs went off I was around mile 24. I got to mile 25.7 . I had a half mile to go. The fact that I didn't get to finish was really emotional and overwhelming" said Beard.

She was awarded a medal of honor by the Red Cross, a touching beginning to the marathon. But Beard was not finishing her race for herself, but for everyone else who was affected by what happened in Boston.

"This is not just for me but for all of Boston. Everyone who didn't finish, those who did, those who lost their lives and those who lost their limbs. Giving the positive finish that was destroyed in Boston," said Beard.

With the recent events the Lansing Marathon security was doubled. Lansing police and the Michigan State police were out hours before the race even began sweeping the area. The community stepped up as well, more than 70 course marshals volunteered to be stationed along the route and keep an eye on the runners.

"We took extra precautions throughout the day. Of course everyone is happy the perpetrators were caught in Boston, but you have to be ever vigilant," said Mayor Virg Bernero.

One of the first's for the race was a push rim athlete. Andrew Barnhart is no stanger to marathons, this one being his 42nd race. He completed the whole marathon in under 4 hours. He paves the way for future push rim athletes that would like to compete in the future years.

"It was great to have him as our first push rim athlete. That's the beginning of great things to come," said Race Director Owen Anderson.

Beard was unable to run this years Lansing Marathon, but instead handed out medals at the finish line.

"We're not going to be afraid were going to keep running and were not going to stop doing what we love as a community," said Beard.

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