Completing the Boston Marathon is difficult on principle, 26.2 miles of running in one of the more competitive races in the nation. But according to experts, runners in this morning’s race faced some unprecedented misery with rain, wind and cold.
Raquel Stucky, co-owner of First Gear Running Company in Old Town, ran Boston for the third time in her 30 year running career.
“They had predicted a 90 percent chance of rain, and they were spot on,” Stucky said.
Stucky reports the rain continued off and on throughout the race, even enduring heavy wind gusts. She began with the elite women’s group and said many runners dropped out because of the temperatures.
“At mile 23 I was pointing at the med tent because I was kind of staggering and my footing wasn’t good so it was pretty painful. But this police officer was there that looked me straight in the eye and said ‘you can do this!’ so I just did,” Stucky said.
Stucky was wheel-chaired into the medical tent in a hypothermic state where she says “an all-star group” of medical personnel tried to get her body temperature back up, using heated towels around her feet, hands and neck among other methods.
“They sat me down, and they were asking me my name, but my jaw was so tight I couldn’t respond,” Stucky said.
All in all, Stucky says this race was in the toughest conditions of her career. But, she had a reason to finish:
“I do this finishing thing just because it means something to me. I have two girls, two daughters who I know watch and if I can show them that you can get through hard stuff, then I think they’ll believe it,” Stucky said.