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.”
Jarvis admitted his qualifying time was “much better than I expected.” It gave him confidence.
“I’m a pretty laid back guy,” the Suttons Bay resident said. “I don’t get too excited about things. But it’s been fun to see how excited I’ve been about doing this. It’s a big deal for me. It seems in life there are not many things you can look at and say, ‘This is really a big deal.’ I feel good about this. We have lots of smaller victories, this, for me, feels like a big one.” Scott, 35, a physical therapist at Excel Rehabilitation, qualified by running the Kiawah Island Marathon in South Carolina in 3:34:22 in December, 2011. She needed to be under 3:40. It was her second attempt to qualify. She ran Chicago in 2011 — when temperatures climbed into the 80s — and although she ran a personal best she missed qualifying by five minutes.
“I felt I had the training in and if I had better conditions I might be able to make the cut,” she explained.
Her sister was with her to share the moment.
“It was unbelievable,” she said. “I was so excited. When I saw my sister at the finish line I was in tears. It’s (Boston) the Holy Grail. It was my goal.”
Scott has maintained that excitement since.
“Training has been going well, even in this rough winter we’ve had,” she said. “I ran a half-marathon in Austin (Texas) in February and hit the pace that I want to run in Boston. I feel good about it.”
Scott would like to run an eight-minute mile pace, which would put her in the 3:30 range.
This will be her fourth marathon overall. It will be the fifth for Moses, a registered nurse in the operating room at Munson. She did her first in 2001 at Walt Disney World in Florida.
“My husband (Joe) was a runner when we met,” she said. “We ran together and that’s when I basically got hooked. When we were living in Florida, a good friend and I decided that since we were running so much we should have a goal, so we ran a half-marathon. That was great, and once you run one of those you think, ‘If I can do that, I can do a marathon.’ That’s how it started.”
For Jarvis, this will be his fourth marathon, although he’s taken an unconventional path.
“I did a marathon in 1982 when I was in college,” he said. “It was an impulsive thing. I was not a runner. I ran for stress relief.”
Jarvis entered the Denver Marathon, held in early May.
“I didn’t hear about it until February,” he said. “I thought, ‘I’m 20. What the heck? I run a little. I’ll give it a shot.
“I survived,” he added. “I ran the whole thing, made it to the end, and was a cripple for the next few days. But it’s the kind of thing you can get away with in college.”
Jarvis then put running, for the most part, on hold and didn’t get back into it until his 40s. He ran a trail marathon in Pinckney in 2009. Now he's ready for the streets leading into Boston.