By LIBBY CLUETT
Felicia Scott, a Weatherford resident and Mineral Wells High School alum, recalls “just trying to finish” Monday’s Boston Marathon before twin explosions, seconds apart, drew national and international attention to the 117th running of the historic race.
Scott ran in place of her mother, Mineral Wells resident and longtime county employee Iris Stagner, who died last September when she was struck by a motorist while riding her bicycle. Just days before, Stagner had received confirmation from the Boston Athletic Association that she was invited to run in the prestigious, invitation-only marathon.
Scott wanted to honor her mother by trying to run in the marathon. After submitting her request last fall, she received special permission from the BAA to take Stagner’s place in Monday’s race.
Since Monday’s bombings at the finish line, Patriots’ Day in Boston has perhaps a new meaning in the minds of many Americans.
“Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon,” the BAA posted on their marathon web page.
“What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.”
Scott said she was inundated with phone calls and messages from news media Monday. She said she was able to communicate with Dallas-Fort Worth television stations KXAS-TV (Channel 5) and WFAA-TV (Channel 8), which both interviewed her this spring while she was training for the run.
Before the 117th Boston Marathon came to global attention and filled television screens Monday afternoon, Mineral Wells resident Butch Stagner said his group, which had come to support Scott, was at the top of the marathon’s “Heartbreak Hill” near Boston College in Newton, Mass. He said they were about 5 miles from the blast.