Runner collapses short of finish, crawls, then rolls, to a Boston qualifier
She was metres, and tens of seconds, away from a Boston Marathon qualifying time when her legs gave out. Determined to reach the finish line of the Tunnel Vision Marathon in North Bend, Wash., Devon Bieling began crawling in desperation to get her Boston qualifying time. The problem was that the finish line approach was gravel, which cut up her hands and knees. So, Bieling decided to roll her way to the finish line. “It was the only thing I could do,” she said, describing her race on Aug. 20. The 30-year-old runner from Graniteville, S.C., managed to reach the finish line in 3:34:02, under the 3:35:00 Boston Marathon qualifying standard for her age group.