Marudas conquers Boston Marathon

Tammy Emslander Marudas after finishing the Boston Marathon on April 21.  Times photo courtesy Tammy Emslander Marudas

Tammy Emslander Marudas after finishing the Boston Marathon on April 21.
Times photo courtesy Tammy Emslander Marudas

Tammy Emslander Marudas after finishing the Boston Marathon on April 21.  Times photo courtesy Tammy Emslander Marudas

Tammy Emslander Marudas after finishing the Boston Marathon on April 21.
Times photo courtesy Tammy Emslander Marudas

When two explosions rocked the finish line in 2013, Tammy Emslander Marudas, of Milaca, was still safely in Minnesota.
But it could have been a different story.
The Foley native, who now lives in Milaca and works at Milaca Building Center, was three minutes away from qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2013, when she finished the Fargo Marathon, her first ever.
In June she ran the Grandma’s Marathon on Lake Superior’s north shore, and finished at 3 hours, 39 minutes — six minutes ahead of where she needed to qualify for Boston.
“Everything happens for a reason, so there was a reason I wasn’t supposed to be there last year, but I was happy to qualify this year,” Emslander Marudas said.
After qualifying she had no doubts about heading to Boston to compete in the first run since the attacks.
“I felt I was pretty safe; I was not nervous about that (attacks),” Emslander Marudas said. “I felt that if something was going to happen, it was going to happen.”
She said the run was unique because she was competing with more than 36,000 other people from all over the world, and there wasn’t a whole lot of room to run, which she said contributed to her time of 4:13:09. Her goal though, was to just finish — a goal she achieved.
For her, just being a part of the run was enough.
“The fans and spectators, the whole 26.2 miles was lined up as deep as you could see,” Emslander Marudas said. “The Boston people really came out and supported it and took back their town.”
Emslander Marudas added: “The crowds, the people and the town, they really put on a great show.”
Emslander Marudas trains in Milaca with a friend, Belinda Ash, who is also an avid runner. She gives her a lot of credit in helping her reach the marathon.
Emslander Marudas’ three sisters joined her in Boston and took in the event with her.
“They had never been to an event like that and could not believe the way the spectators enjoyed it,” Emslander Marudas said of her sisters. “They were amazed at the adrenaline rush from just being a spectator.”
One regret for Emslander Marudas was she was unable to witness the historic finish by the U.S.’s Meb Keflezighi.
“While we were running, people kept asking who won, because we had no clue,” Emslander Marudas said. “I was kind of sad, because I did not get to see any of that, but I had people DVR it for me, so I can see it, but that was kind of the downfall of it.”
Emslander Marudas continued: “They said U.S., and we kind of figured that meant Flannigan, but when we finished and found out the men won, and not her, that was great.
“You couldn’t come back with a better exclamation point than somebody from the U.S. to win.”
Although she said it was a pretty warm run – temperatures were near 70 degrees at the end of the run – she would go back in a heartbeat. Plus she got to visit the Sam Adams Brewery to top off the experience.

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