Returning from Boston Marathon

A Naperville Central High School teacher joined 36,000 racers in Boston, remembering the victims of last year’s bombings.

Business teacher Christine Bell ran the Boston Marathon last year and was not even a block from the finish line when the explosions occurred.

She was reluctant to return to the race this year for the fifth time but decided to do so.

“I’ve never not finished a race so I think that was part of it and then I was like ‘I’m not going to be had by those terrorists. I’m going back and going through that finish line,” said Bell. “So I think a few things just fell into the place to help me decide I’m going back to do this.”

She says to see some of the victims run the race with prosthetic limbs was inspiring and was proof that the city was living its message “Boston Strong.”

“The message from the community was plastered everywhere. You just see that it’s not going to happen again and we’re not going to let something like that ruin a tradition,” said Bell. “It’s over 100 years old.”

Bell finished the 2014 Boston Marathon with her best time for that course, less than three hours 44 minutes. She’s not sure if she’ll return next year but does have a goal to run a marathon in every state. So far she’s done one in 26 states.


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