By Lori Kesinger
More than 30,000 people ran the Boston Marathon April 20, including two Baker residents.
Isaac and Jacee VanDyke began training last December for the iconic 26.2 mile legendary course that weaves through beautiful suburban streets into the heart of downtown Boston.
Both Isaac and Jacee trained almost daily. Isaac averaged 52 miles a week, Jacee 46. Isaac qualified for the Boston Marathon at Indianapolis, IN; and Jacee at Fargo, ND.
This year the runners battled rain, wind, and less than ideal conditions at the 119th running, but that didn’t hinder the race or spectators. Both Isaac and Jacee’s parents and Jacee’s brother and sister-in-law were in attendance to cheer them on. Isaac finished the race in 2 hours, 59 minutes and 32 seconds. Jacee finished in 3 hours, 34 minutes and 29 seconds.
“It was an amazing experience,” Jacee said.
Thirty-seven runners from Montana, including the governor, finished the Boston Marathon this year. Isaac and Jacee have participated in other marathons, but it was the first time in Boston. They hope to return for the 125th running.