Issaquah resident runs for Boston

June 25, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

Growing up in Massachusetts, it was always Issaquah resident Robyn Wilson’s dream to run in the Boston Marathon.

“I grew up watching the marathon,” she said. “It was always a goal of mine to run Boston, and I haven’t yet.”

She was not there April 15 when two bombs exploded at the marathon’s finish line, but she estimated that she knew about 40 runners and spectators that were in Boston.

Robyn Wilson

Robyn Wilson

“It was scary, but luckily everyone I knew was just fine,” she said.

Wilson participated in the One Run for Boston Relay to raise money for the bombing victims June 9. The relay began in Los Angeles and is expected to reach its destination, Boston, June 30.

Hundreds of runners from across the country worked together to keep the relay going nonstop through 14 different states.

Wilson ran a 10-mile leg of the race through Arizona.

“Even though it’s a sad event that ended up pushing us all to do this, it felt really great to do this,” she said. “It was a struggle for all of us. A lot of us knew people in Boston and were very scared that day. It was emotional.”

Wilson had participated in a relay race before, she said, but none as impactful as this one. She will now turn her focus to qualifying for the next Boston Marathon.

The 3,300-mile route was divided into more than 300 separate stages. Participants ran anywhere from 5 to 26 miles.

Money raised from the relay will go to One Fund Boston, which was formed to assist victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon.

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