NE health and physical education chair Kevin Harper competed in his second marathon, the Boston Marathon, last week.
The marathon is the oldest in the world, and Harper qualified for it with seconds to spare in the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon.
“I did the race seven minutes faster than the San Antonio run. It was great cause I never hit the wall. When I ran in San Antonio, by the end of the race I was hurting, but I didn’t feel that in this race. I wasn’t one of the ones that fell to ground and crumbled up,” Harper said, laughing.
Many events took place in addition to the marathon, and Harper took time to take it all in before leaving.
“The whole experience was memorable,” Harper said. “But actually doing the race was the most exciting. I got to meet a lot of great people.”
Harper’s wife Tammy also joined him in Boston and met him at the finish line.
“She knew when I was going to cross because the race organizers will send text message alerts to you to let you know when someone is about to cross,” Harper said.
Because Harper finished the race in less than 3 hours and 20 minutes, he qualified for the marathon next year.
“I’ll probably do it again next year,” Harper said. “But you know it’s nothing special. Anyone can do it if you have the desire.”
Thought Harper felt he did great in Boston, like in San Antonio, he still felt he could have gone faster.