Several local runners will be competing in the Boston marathon next monday. David Goodrich and Chris Rines of Houlton and Kimberley Wright of Mapleton will all be entered in the event for the first time.
Goodrich:” I’m excited nervous I considered it privelage when my friend called and asked if I wanted to run. I didn’t have to think about it at all. I thought is this surreal so I was very pleased.”
Goodrich was in Boston during the bombing last year and he said he has no concerns about security for the event. Goodrich has been involved in long distrance running for several years and took part in the One Run for Boston running six legs of the event through New Mexico with three other Houlton area runners. He said there will be alot of emotion when he toes the line
Goodrich:” It got really emotional when you think about the cause and what actually happened so I think there will be some tears not just from pain, but from emotion.”
Kimberly Wright of Mapleton has run through every type of weather in preparing for her first Boston. She is looking forward to the experience
Wright:”Overall i am very excited a lot of emotions going through me right now. As with any marathon excitement, scared hoping you are ready for it.”
Wright has been running for several years and has been training hard for this event with friends who have run the race in the past
Wright:”It will spur me on it will keep me going because I’m very proud to be able to be a part of it. I am very greatful to be a part of it. I think it says a lot about the Boston Community for the resilience of the Boston Community and for our Country.
Caribou native Chris Rines who now lives in Houlton is also very excited to compete in one of the most famous marathons on the world
Rines:” I’m pretty excited it is something I have always wanted to do. It’s always been my goal from day one my first year of running. It’s amazing to get to that point.”
This will be Rines second marathon. He ran a marathon in Manchester New Hampshire last year. Rines is raising money for the Run for the Fallen and will be running in memory of Aaron Henderson.
Rines:”Pretty emotional it’s the race I always wanted to do given what happened last year and I am pretty close with the Henderson family so all three combined it is going to be pretty huge
Other runners with ties to the area will also be running in the event.
The list includes:
Don Audibert of Fort Kent,
Ty Thurlow of Littleton,
Caribou native Spencer McElwain
Masardis native Rick Lyons
Rio Francoeur St Leonard
Randy Johnston Grafton