ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) – A pair of Onalaska families were at the Boston Marathon on Monday to support runner Jessica Dorsey, who was participating in her first Boston Marathon.
Dorsey, who qualified for the 2013 Boston Marathon, chose not to run in it last year because she said “it wasn’t urgent” and she figured she would run in it in the near future. After last year’s tragedy, Dorsey chose to run the race in 2014.
“It is just so personal, and I was really affected by it,” Dorsey said.
Dorsey qualified in December for Monday’s marathon. Dorsey’s mother, two sisters, cousin, uncle, and daughter were in Boston, because in December, Dorsey chose to run in memory of the 2013 Marathon victims. After her beloved father, Stevan, died in March after an eight-year battle with cancer, she had an added incentive to run.
“He had a strength I had never seen before. He used to…he used to always be so proud of any running accomplishment I ever did,” Dorsey said.
Prior to Monday, Dorsey’s family had never seen her run in a marathon. Dorsey’s mother, Tina Volden-Quesada, said no matter what, their family had to make the trip to Boston this year to see Dorsey “run for dad”.
“It just makes this year, being here, I think for everybody, pretty emotional. We’re very thankful that with the circumstances (from 2013) that she wasn’t able to run a year ago,” Volden-Quesada said.
Dorsey called Monday’s marathon “the hardest race of her life”, but Volden-Quesada said for her daughter, it was the most rewarding race to finish.
“At this point, it doesn’t even matter. We knew she would give it her all and do her best,” Volden-Quesada said.
Volden-Quesada said her husband would’ve been proud to see his daughter run at the Boston Marathon. “It meant a lot for me to be able to do this for him,” Dorsey said.
Dorsey finished the marathon in three hours, 40 minutes, and 18 seconds, but she said this was the first race where she didn’t focus on her end result, and more focused on finishing the race.
Dorsey said she suffered many cramps and aches throughout Monday’s race, but fighting through the pain and finishing the marathon made it “that much sweeter” once she crossed the finish line.
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