Runners want Boston second chance



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Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 11:15 PM

SEATTLE - To get to the Starting Line, takes hours of sweat, pain, and perseverance.

Erica Nash, of Bellevue, knows the struggle. She is a 2013 Boston Marathon Qualifier.
"I battled a lot of injuries," says the 36-year-old mother, "I had a stress fracture, four months on crutches."
She sat on Thursday night, holding up her race bib from Boston. "This bib is symbolic of a lot of survival."
Nash, who has cerebral palsy, ran in the Mobility Impaired division of the race back on April 15th. She was a half mile short of the finish line, when she noticed "everything kind of came to a slowing."
The Boston Bombings stopped more than 5,700 runners short of the finish, and now thousands more are asking for the Marathon to give them closure.
An online petition is asked the Boston Athletic Association to give the runners a second chance. 
"We respectfully ask that a Wave Four be created so that we may run with our brothers and sisters in solidarity and healing. We want to be able to finish what we started. We want to do it with one another. We want to be able to say that we completed the Boston Marathon." 
The BAA's executive director Tom Grilk told Boston.Com, "Many have offered suggestions on how to help those runners find closure. While each of the 5,700 runners who didn’t cross the finish line has his or her own opinion on how to attain the closure, the common thread is one of persistence. We have listened and read every e-mail and voice mail, and we have been touched. While it’s impossible to respond or reply to all of them, we’ve been in continuous communication with our runners, and in particular, those runners who did not cross the finish line on where we stand in the process."
“Planning a marathon takes a lot of teamwork, and planning a marathon in the wake of the events of April 15 takes even more teamwork, communication, and planning . . . We ask those runners for continued patience.”
Nash added "I still want to cross that finish line. I want that smile, that feel of joy."
To view the petition click here