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April 12, 2013

Running for her mother

Weatherford woman taking her late mom’s place in Monday’s Boston Marathon

By LIBBY CLUETT | Lone Star News Group

Weatherford’s Felicia Scott is carrying the figurative “torch” for her mother, Iris Stagner, and it’s keeping her busy.

Last September Stagner, an avid cyclist who worked to increase safety and awareness for fellow road cycling enthusiasts, was riding her bike on U.S. Highway 180 West across the Brazos River bridge west of Mineral Wells when she was struck from behind by a truck and killed. Just days earlier Stagner had learned she was accepted to run in the Boston Marathon, something she had long dreamed of and prepared for.

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 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.” She leaves for Boston today.

Scott’s immediate and extended family, friends and Mineral Wells High School classmates are helping.

“It means a lot to Felicia and the rest of the family, too,” said Iris’ husband, 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, N.D., on May 19, he said. But making the time is just part of the process to be invited to run in the Boston Marathon.

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