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Posted: April 17, 2018

Cancer survivor finishes Boston Marathon 13 hours after start

5 Fast Facts About The Boston Marathon



The Boston Marathon showed great stories of perseverance, including a husband and wife team that crossed the finish line just after midnight – 13 hours after starting the race in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

Mary Shertenlieb is a cancer survivor who ran to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the doctors there that saved her life.

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Just after midnight Tuesday, Shertenlieb crossed the finish line with her husband, Rich.

Shertenlieb said with Monday’s brutal conditions, she went into a medical tent in Wellesley around the 15.5-mile mark with purple lips, shaking, worried about hypothermia.

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Shertenlieb said her husband convinced her to come home, get warm, have a nice meal and then, if she was up for it, to go back out together after the rain.

Around 8:30 p.m. they took a cab to the spot where Shertenlieb had to stop earlier in the day and finished the nearly 11 remaining miles of the course together, and where greeted at the finish line by cheering family and friends.

“Oh my goodness, that was crazy,” Shertenlieb said. “You can do anything. It may not be how you imagined it playing out, but you can still get it done.”


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Photos: 2018 Boston Marathon

Charles Krupa/AP

Photos: 2018 Boston Marathon

Runners approach the finish line during the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Photos: 2018 Boston Marathon

Charles Krupa/AP

Photos: 2018 Boston Marathon

Take a look at some of the best photos from the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Woman to run Boston Marathon course with boyfriend with spinal cord injury

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Woman to run Boston Marathon course with boyfriend with spinal cord injury

Boston-based runner Kaitlyn Kiely is set to run the Boston Marathon course, one week before the official race, while pushing her long-time boyfriend Matt Wetherbee in a racing wheelchair.

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While the couple didn't qualify for the official race, they will still run the entire course one week before the official race so they can accomplish their personal goal of running the marathon route.

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Kiely ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston last year, but suffered from severe leg cramping throughout the course and slowing her time for the race.

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This year, Kiely and Wetherbee have partnered up with HOTSHOT, a company dedicated to helping athletes who suffer from muscle cramping, to complete the course without cramping pains but also to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injuries.

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The 122nd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday.

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