By LIBBY CLUETT
Felicia Scott is carrying the figurative "torch" for her mother, Iris Stagner, and it's keeping her busy.
Just days before Stagner was killed west of town by the driver of a truck, while she was riding her bike one September evening, she was accepted to run in the 117 Boston Marathon.
Scott, who has never ran a marathon, said she started thinking “in the back of my mind” about filling her mother's shoes for the Monday, April 15 marathon.
“The night [of or] after the funeral, I thought, 'I should see if
I could run the Boston. I don't know if they will let me, but 'll try,'” she recalled. “I thought 'no way,' then 'I should do it. It would mean a lot to her to do that.'”
She communicated her wishes through email to the Boston Athletic Association and a man told her they would have to present it to the board. She said she didn't hear for a while, then, “a month later I got an email that they were accepting me.”
Scott's immediate and extended family, friends and MWHS classmates are helping.
“It means a lot to Felicia and the rest of the family, too,” said Butch Stagner. “A lot of us are going – Iris' two brothers and their wives and several of the people she ran and rode with. A lot of Felicia's friends are going.”
Stagner recalls when his wife qualified for the Boston Marathon. She ran a 4:03:01 in Fargo, ND, on May 19, he said. But making the time is just part of the process to be invited to run in the Boston Marathon.
“They don't want just anybody to run,” he said. “It's an exclusive race. All have to qualify and not everybody who qualifies is chosen.”