Crestwood residents participate in Boston Marathon

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By Kenny Colston

Two Crestwood natives joined thousands of others this week in showing the resolve of Boston by running in this year’s Boston Marathon.

This year’s marquee race took place on Monday, roughly one year after bombings took place at the finish line that killed three and injured more than 200.

Melissa Christensen and Ande Gorce, neighbors in the Magnolia Place subdivision, joined more than 36,000 in running the 2014 marathon.

Christensen, who ran the marathon in 2012 as well, said the atmosphere this year was “incredible.”

“The amount of support for the race from the city and all the cities you run through is amazing,” she said. “There’s not one part of the course where people weren’t cheering for you.”

Christensen said people who aren’t even volunteers for the marathon line the race path handing out water, food, candy and towels. And even though neither woman was in Boston last year, several people went out of their way to thank them for racing this year.

“I had a volunteer say thank you for helping Boston heal,” Christensen said. “Everybody just seemed more fired up. It was louder this year.”

Christensen said she would like to run the Boston Marathon one more time, if her father can qualify for it. And she plans to run more marathons, even if she never makes it back to Boston’s.

For Gorce, a first-time Boston Marathon runner, the experience was the same.

“It was wonderful,” Gorce said. “The perfect day for it and a very tough course.”

Gorce said the day was very emotional due to last year’s events, because she had friends near the finish line last year and because she was scheduled to run as well, but an injury delayed her to this year.

Gorce said having her family here, including her parents and aunts and uncles, made the atmosphere better for her.

But unlike Christensen, Gorce has run her last race.

“This is my last one ever,” Gorce said. “You can write that down.”

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