Gillund competes in Boston Marathon

When Lisa Gillund of Minneota qualified for the Boston Marathon in October of 2019, she called it "a dream come true." After all, this was her fifth attempt at trying to qualify through the Twin Cities Marathon.
She would have run in the Boston Marathon last year, but it switched to the fall and qualifying runners had the option of running this year instead. On Monday, Gillund finally got to see her dream come to fruition.
With some family members in attendance, Gillund ran the marathon in 4:02.18 to finish 1,199th in her age group (40-44) and 6,619th among just over 12,000 female runners.
Gillund averaged 9:15 per mile with her fastest mile being 8:27. Peres Jepchircher of Kenya won the women's race in a time of 2:21.01.
The men's winner was Evans Chebet of Kenya in 2:06.51. They received $150,000 each for winning.
Gillund is believed to be the first female from Minneota to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Her qualifying time that came in the Twin Cities Marathon in 2019 was 3:38.59, one minute and one second inside the require qualifying time of 3:40. She placed 26th out of 400 women in her age group in that race.
It is one of six World Marathon Majors.
The Boston Marathon attracts more than 500,000 spectators yearly and 30,000 runners compete annually.
The Mascot was unable to reach Gillund before we went to press this week. We hope to get her perspective on the race next week.

Lisa Gillund

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