TRAVERSE CITY — Krista Scott and Julie Moses did what they expected.
Scott thought she could finish Monday’s Boston Marathon in 3 hours, 30 minutes. Moses set a goal to finish under 4 hours.
The two local runners could not have been more accurate. Scott crossed the finish line in 3:30:13 and Moses in 3:59:29 in the annual Patriot’s Day run that ended in tragedy when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 130 as of Monday night.
Up until then it had been a race to remember for Scott and Moses.
“The race itself was wonderful,” Scott, a physical therapist at Excel Rehabilitation, said. “Everything went according to plan. I ran a very controlled, very smart, balanced race — and that helped.”
Especially in the first 5K.
“It would be easy to get caught up in everything that’s going on around you — the excitement, the hype,” she said. “Plus, it’s pretty easy to go out fast because it’s downhill.
“I focused on taking in the whole experience that first 5K, keeping myself in the moment, keeping myself on a good pace instead of just cutting loose,” she said.
Scott, 35, ran the second half of the race, which includes a series of hills, faster than the first half. She was at 1:46:09 at the half.
Moses, who turned 50 last year, was at 1:51:17 at the half.
“I never looked at the course prior to running, so I didn’t really know what Heartbreak Hill was all about,” she said. “I didn’t realize it was as hilly as it was. I trained very well in the snow in wintery conditions outside, and I was right on target.”
Former Benzie Central runner Michael Waterson, now a grad student at the University of Michigan, posted the area’s best time in 2:39:17, which placed him 258th overall. He was at 1:17:57 at the half.