“They don’t want just anybody to run,” he said. “It’s an exclusive race. All have to qualify and not everybody who qualifies is chosen.”
“She was ecstatic – very excited,” he said of Iris the day she received her letter from the Boston Athletic Association. “I think she actually had a pretty good idea she was going to be accepted, but when she got the letter, it was official then.”
Now, it’s up to Felicia to prepare to run in her mom’s shoes in one week.
“Felicia had run several half marathons,” Stagner noted. “A couple of weeks ago she ran 20 miles.”
Scott’s story is getting attention. Last week Dale Hansen’s Sports Special featured her preparation and cause.
This isn’t all Scott is doing to honor the memory of her mother.
“Bike Texas contacted me [to join them in] going to the Capitol Tuesday, presenting the Safe Passing Law, and I am going to tell my story and hope they [the House of Representatives] listen,” she said.
Earlier this week, Stagner said he, Scott and Folee, Iris’ granddaughter, handed out wellness coordinator/sponsor awards for the Texas Association of Counties.
“TAC sends [counties] money to spend on wellness,” he explained. Iris was the Palo Pinto County coordinator and seemed to take her job seriously, urging county employees to take walks on their lunch breaks and earning enough money through the TAC program to acquire fitness equipment.
Stagner said TAC started handing out an annual award to wellness coordinators “who meet certain requirements. They call it the Iris Stagner award.”
Some of Scott’s Mineral Wells classmates have set up a website, runforiris.org, and a fund at First Financial Bank to support Felicia in her efforts and to contribute to the awareness and safety of running and cycling in Texas. The website has a donation page and, according to one of Scott’s classmates, funds raised will go to Bike Texas, an organization for which Iris served as a board member. Through Bike Texas, she urged legislators to make roadways safer.