Two locals run Boston Marathon virtually
LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Many aspects of life both locally and across the country were changed due to the pandemic.
This includes the 124th Boston Marathon, which had to go virtual after having been postponed twice.
We have the story of two local qualifiers from two different sides of the border who came together in a show of unity.
When these two runners qualified to run their very first Boston Marathon, they did not expect it to look like this.
“The Boston Athletic Association allowed it’s 2020 qualifiers to pick a course of their choosing.”
Instead of being surrounded by thousands of cheering spectators, Victor Trevino Junior and Luis Posada brought the Boston Marathon to the gateway city.
“The Boston Marathon has been run even through World War, through economic depressions, and it is the first time it’s been canceled.”
When runners were given the option to complete the marathon virtually, Victor the 2020 Boston qualifier from Laredo, reached out to Luis Posada, the 2020 Boston Marathon qualifier from Nuevo Laredo.
Both decided to join forces to represent the sister cities in historic event.
“This is something that really shows the core where we’re at. Our community has always been joined by history, economics, and culture. And I saw it as a symbolic event, even though it’s a two-men marathon, to bring these two cities to gather like we’ve always been.”
On Sunday morning around 5:30, before the sun peeked on the horizon, Victor and Luis were geared up, ready to begin this virtual race.
It started by the river at Dos Laredos Park, the runners made their way through downtown north on Santa Maria Avenue, then headed east through Del Mar onto Loop 20.
Throughout the route the local running community was there to support either with signs or making sure no matter what, Luis and Victor stayed hydrated.
The runners' route took them onto the TAMIU campus and then back on the loop toward the airport where the half-way mark was hit.
At that point other runners joined for support and they all made a U-turn heading back toward the river, which became the finishing lines.
Luis led the pack by finishing first.
“Es incredible, es una sensacion indescriptible.”
And soon after, Victor crossed the line with some family-support.
For them this was much more than a race. They hope this will how outsiders there is much more that connects these two border towns than the river that separates them.
“Borders are only physical barriers, however humanity is global concepts. By running together, we are not only showing that as a society achieving sportsmanship and excellence in sports is one thing, but we also need to achieve it as a form in our society.”
Runners cannot use their virtual times as a means to qualify for future Boston Marathons, but the virtual race will be counted in the official start and finish files.
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