Beyond The Game: Marathon runner Kellie MeyerFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - None of us will forget where we were a year ago when we heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, that's the case for Wahpeton's Kellie Meyer who is returning to the world's most famous race, determined to finish for those that couldn't last year
By: Tim Frie, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - None of us will forget where we were a year ago when we heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, that's the case for Wahpeton's Kellie Meyer who is returning to the world's most famous race, determined to finish for those that couldn't last year
Kellie Meyer/Running In Boston Marathon Monday: "It's my passion and what I love to do. It's a big stress reliever for me. At the end of the day it's just nice to go out and have my own time to myself and be able to reflect on the day."
After running her first half marathon while attending Minot State, Kellie Meyer says she caught "The Running Bug" In 2009 Meyer took her first marathon strides, completing the Fargo Marathon. She didn't stop there. After qualifying in 2011, Meyer took on the world-renowned Boston Marathon in 2012.
Meyer: "The Boston Marathon is the Super Bowl of marathon running. It's the one everybody wants to do. So it's one people kind of have on their bucket list and try for. Some runners try for their whole life to do it. As someone who likes to run I say hey I want to give it a shot.
Meyer did not compete in last year's Boston Marathon which is now infamous for the bombings which took place at the finish line, killing three and injuring hundreds of others. It was that event which made her want to compete again this year.
Meyer: "People ask me all the time like aren't you scared to go back and aren't you afraid someone is going to do something like this again. Not really, because if we would stop running the Boston Marathon the people who did this would be getting exactly what they wanted. I think we are going to come back even stronger to say we love running and there is nothing you can do to stop us."
Meyer doesn't quite know what to expect for race day on Monday, but she says she expects it to be an atmosphere unlike any other race she has experienced before.
Meyer "Everyone is going to band together. I think it's going to be a little emotional at the same time but I think it's just going to be a better year than it's ever been."
Though it's bound to be an emotional event, along with her fellow runners, Meyer hopes the 2014 Boston Marathon will erase the pain that is left from 2013.
Meyer trains nearly 60 miles a week, she's hoping for a time in the 3:20-3:30 range, marathon officials are expecting 36 thousand to run on Monday.