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Students, staff help Gold Rush teacher finish her last mile of the Boston Marathon

PARKER – Surrounded by students and staff, Gold Rush Elementary teacher Beverly Holtzer symbolically finished the last mile of her Boston Marathon run—a little more than a week after she was stopped short on the race course because of the tragic bombings.
“I had just gotten past mile 25 and runners and officials sort of came running at us, saying that the race is stopped and there are bombs at the finish,” Holtzer explained. “I just walked to the side where of course there were hundreds of spectators.  I asked this nice couple, ‘what’s going on?’ and they said there were bombs at the finish, so they’ve cancelled the race.”
With the help of spectators, she was able to reach her family and the Gold Rush Community to let them know she was safe.
“They had 45 minutes or more of panic, worried about where I was and if I was okay. We texted right away to my school and let them know I was okay,” Hotlzer said.
With a little less than a mile left in the grueling race, she was forced to abandon her dream of crossing the actual finish line—at least this year. The Gold Rush community, however, wouldn’t let the story end there. They gathered on Thursday April 25 to cheer Holtzer on as she ran the last mile of the race.
“I had no idea. I thought it was going to just be the fourth-grade, my class, but it was the entire school. I was overwhelmed when I walked out there,” Hotlzer said.
Students from her class, as well as her colleagues ran along side Holtzer during the three laps, as a show of support.
“It was just an amazing feeling. I really can’t put it into words. The love and support that I felt from Gold Rush has just been amazing,” Hotlzer said.
She says every marathon teaches her something about herself, whether it is determination or hanging onto goals. She says it has always been about more than just running a race, but the tragic events of April 15 taught her something about humanity.
“The Boston Marathon taught me that there is good in the world, no matter what happens. People are truly amazing,” Hotlzer said. “There is a lot of love in the world. Even though there is this sad experience it has made me stronger and I’m more determined and just more hopeful for the future.”
All of  the runners were all awarded participation medals, regardless of whether they made it to the finish line. Next year, Holtzer hopes to return to Boston to accomplish her dream. 
April 30, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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