By LIBBY CLUETT | Lone Star News Group
Weatherford resident Felicia Scott 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 in what U.S. officials are calling an act of terrorism.
Scott was running in place of her mother, Mineral Wells resident Iris Stagner, who died last September when she was struck by a motorist while riding her bicycle across the Brazos River bridge on U.S. Highway 180 west of Mineral Wells.
Just days before, Stagner had received confirmation from the Boston Athletic Association that she was invited to run in the prestigious, invitational-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.
For the past four decades, Patriots’ Day in Boston and New England has been celebrated on the third Monday in April.
A public holiday, thousands of people typically line the streets of the 26.21-mile Boston Marathon route as they did Monday, according to Scott’s stepfather, Butch Stagner, of Mineral Wells, who was there to cheer on Scott.
Scott was among more than 26,000 runners in the race, including more than 900 from Texas. The blasts have so far left three people dead and injured more than 170, including 17 critically, with some suffering loss of limbs.
Scott said she was near the 24-mile mark, running along Beacon Street, in Brookline, Mass., before she was stopped. She said officials “closed the whole marathon at the 22-mile mark,” but added that she and about 30 other runners were already past this point and kept running.
“It was confusing,” she said, noting at one point someone told them officials had moved the finish line.