Run­ner col­lapses short of fin­ish, crawls, then rolls, to a Bos­ton qual­i­fier

Canadian Running - - THE WARM-UP -

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.

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