Boston bombs delay marathon goal for Mineral Wells runner

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 1:54 AM

Felicia Scott was back at work in North Texas a couple of days after the Boston Marathon. She was one of about 6,000 runners still on the course when the two bombs detonated last Monday.

"A bystander — probably Mile 22, 23 — let us know, the runners that I was around, that there had been a bombing," she said.

The Mineral Wells woman and the runners around her kept going until Mile 24, when they were stopped and told the course was closed.

Their race was over.

"At first I thought, 'We walked a lot afterward,' so I texted everybody and told them, 'Well I feel like I finished, because I know I walked that 2.2 (miles) after,'" Scott said. "But now I feel like, 'No... I didn't finish, and I really want to do another so I will get to finish a full marathon.'"

We told Scott's story last month. She was running her first marathon to honor her mother, who was killed while riding her bicycle just days after learning she had qualified for Boston.

"If she would have been running — she's a fast runner — she would have been at the finish line probably about the time the bombings happened," Scott said. "And me and the whole family would have been there at that finish line watching her."

"It makes me feel like she was watching over us," Scott added.

Including Scott, there were 20 people who traveled to Boston to watch her run, and little did she know, the town of Natick along the marathon route was waiting to see her, too.

"I start looking around, and all through this town, there's signs that said, 'Go Felicia! Run for your mom!' And had my bib number. A lady comes running up to me and she goes, 'I just want you to know that every year we find somebody with charities or whatever and we cheer them on.'"

Those are some of the good memories she can take from a Boston Marathon that will never be forgotten.

Felicia Scott says she will run in Sunday's Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and this time she will finish.

E-mail tmadden@wfaa.com

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