- This was printed in April of 2015 in The Madera Tribune, a newspaper in Madera, California. This was the 98th installment of my weekly column, Mind Over Miles.
I started writing Mind Over Miles about two years ago, just after the Boston Marathon
bombing of 2013. My first column was called “How I got bit by the Boston bug” and I
explained that I had caught the itch to attempt to qualify for and run the Boston
I was fueled by anger that someone would have the audacity to plant two bombs at the
finish line of the most prestigious marathon in the world — screw you, terrorists. I was
also fueled by the encouragement of my running buddies — “you’re fast, you can do it.”
The Boston Marathon is the pinnacle of marathon racing. It’s the oldest annual marathon
in the world, having been held each year without fail since 1897, and it’s not easy to get
On Monday, 30,000 people will run the Boston Marathon, and I’ll be one of them.
For Madera runner Audrey Crow and I, it took hundreds of miles during three training
seasons and three marathons to BQ (Boston qualify). Finally, on March 28, 2014, at the
Modesto Marathon, Audrey and I crossed the finish line ahead of the Boston qualifying
standards for our age groups.
Now, thanks to our penny-pinching, fundraising and the extreme generosity of others, we
are finally going to Boston!
Tomorrow we will board a plane and set off on what is sure to be the adventure of a
lifetime. We cannot wait to represent Madera and the Central Valley in the greatest race
We are deeply grateful to all those who have supported us, from our families to our coach
and running buddies, to our Madera friends and church family.
The Blanco family and their team of Warriors have been extremely generous and
supportive, holding their own fundraisers to help send us to Boston. Lupe Delgado and
T100 helped tremendously by holding a 5K race in November and donating the proceeds
to us. Kenny Shepherd at the LoanMart Madera Speedway allowed us to hold a 50/50
raffle on a popular night at the track last month, and racing fans responded in a big way.
Valley West Christian Center asked for a love offering this month and our church family
was extremely generous in making our dream come true. Individuals from Madera have
also sponsored us and purchased items from our small business, Gazelle Gear, to allow us
to reach our fundraising goal.
The tremendous support has been unbelievable, and Audrey and I wish to thank everyone
from the bottom of our hearts.
We have a busy weekend planned before Patriots Day, also known as Marathon Monday
in Boston. I’m stoked to be able to visit some of the monuments and historical sites that
mark the beginnings of our great country. Audrey is stoked to visit the world-famous
Boston Marathon Expo and then dine at Max Brenner, a restaurant famous for featuring
chocolate, or at least a dusting of cocoa powder, in every item on its menu.
Anyone can visit http://www.watchlive.baa.org beginning at 6 a.m. Monday to watch a live
stream of the Boston Marathon. Keep an eye on Fernando Cabada, a man who grew up in
Fresno and is living the fairy tale of earning a spot on the U.S. elite team. He is expected
to place in the top 10, and just last week said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if I got third.”
Audrey and I will start the race at 10:50 a.m. on the East Coast, so 7:50 a.m. here in
I can’t wait to write about the highlight of our fairy tale — the one about two small-town
girls who persevered and made it, with the help of great friends, to a big-time race.