TRAVERSE CITY — For Julie Moses, the “ah-ha” moment came last May after completing the Bayshore Marathon.
Moses finished the 26.2-mile race in 3 hours, 53 minutes and 43 seconds, a time that qualified her for Monday’s Boston Marathon. But the significance didn’t hit her until afterwards.
“I went up to the scoring table and saw my time,” she said. “There were two guys behind me that missed it (qualifying) by five seconds. They were devastated.”
It was a poignant moment for Moses, who had also qualified for Boston is 2010.
“I never really thought about running Boston ... but I came to realize that this was a great accomplishment, a great opportunity and a great honor to be able to go,” she said. “I told myself, ‘I worked hard for it. I’m going to go and enjoy it.’”
Moses will not be the only first-time Boston entrant from the Grand Traverse region. That lists also includes Krista Scott and Michael Jarvis.
Jarvis, like Moses, turned 50 in the last year.
It was on his 49th birthday in November, 2011 that Jarvis started thinking Boston.
“I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I could run the Boston Marathon when I was 50,” the counselor/administrator at Leelanau Schools said. “I looked into it, found out what the qualifying time was. It was a half hour faster than I had ever run before.”
Jarvis started training. His efforts paid off when he finished a qualifying race in Midland last year in just over 3:22. He needed to be under 3:30 to have a shot at Boston.
“It was probably a mid-life sort of thing,” Jarvis said of his goal. “But it was also an audacious goal. It’s a bucket list kind of thing for me. I was not a high school or college runner. The idea of running Boston never seemed achievable. But I was feeling good. I had just run a half-marathon at Crystal Mountain in October and I felt good about that. I toyed with the idea at first. I didn’t know if I wanted to commit to that goal. Then I did and it’s been a year and half project to get to this point.”