Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 13, 2013

1st-time Boston Marathon entrants eager for challenge


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.

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