One New Lenox Township woman who survived the bombing at the finish line at April's Boston Marathon is still committed to running. She'll be at the starting line at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Chicago Marathon 2013.
Kristin Kotara, 35, remembers
vividly the terror-filled experience at the Boston Marathon in April. Having
stepped away from the finish line area only minutes before the afternoon explosion
that killed three and injured more than 130, she remains committed to running.
the memory of that terrifying experience, which she shared with New Lenox Patch on the
night of the bombing from her hotel room in Boston, continues to haunt her. "Being
that I was in Boston and experienced the aftermath of the bombings, I like the
increased security measures. I really am not worried about myself, but my
family will all be spectators this time. And I do have a bit of uneasiness
More than 45,000 runners are
registered for the Oct. 12 Chicago Marathon, and marathon organizers are
expecting an estimated 1.7 million spectators, according to the Chicago Marathon website.
Running is a significant part of
Kotara's life. "I
run because I enjoy it. I like being outside enjoying nature and doing what I
do, run! It's freeing and invigorating!
also run for Juvenile Diabetes (Foundation). My
oldest son Ryan has Type 1 Diabetes, and I run to raise money for a cure!"
the age of 8, Ryan Kotera has inherited his mother's love for the sport. Ryan
ran his first 5K in October 2012 when he was 7 years old. He has chalked up six
5Ks so far.
Kristin's marathon debut was made at the Chicago Marathon 2012, where she
qualified for the Boston Marathon. "I loved it," she said.
officially trained for this marathon for 18 weeks, but never really stopped
running since last February when I decided to start training for last year's
credits the close-knit group of fellow runners from the Frankfort-New Lenox Running Club for
camaraderie and training support. At least seven other club members from New Lenox
and New Lenox Township are running in the Chicago Marathon along with a number
of others from throughout the Lincoln-Way and nearby communities of Tinley Park
local runners in Chicago Marathon:
- Vanessa Kenny
- Kyle Matuszewski
- Bob Winter
- Tina Strilko
- Pam Borkowski
- Ed Reyes
- Pearl Javier
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