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Mar 29, 2016 6:26 PM

Racing to Boston: NH mom reflects on her first Boston Marathon in 2013

HOLDERNESS - With recent terrorist attacks, this year's Boston Marathon reminds many of shock and horror from the bombing on April 15, 2013.

"When I was hearing the reports about the attacks in Belgium, there was a lot of it that sounded really familiar," said Elizabeth Beeson, a three-time Boston Marathon runner.

"It was amazing until the day just kind of fell apart...It's hard to reconcile what a great event it was and what an amazing race it was with what it became later on."

The day of the 2013 Boston Marathon was Beeson's birthday and her first Boston Marathon.

"It just seemed how is that possible? How could that be where we just were? That didn't happen?" she said. "My mind didn't go to what actually happen that just didn't seem like a possibility."

Elizabeth had been eager to tackle 26.2 miles and 'Heartbreak Hill.' This year she's preparing for her fourth straight Boston Marathon. She calls it the "Holy Grail" of running with the meaning of this race even more significant after 2013.

"Everyone coming together saying 'This is our race, this is our town;' The pride was just unbelievable."

"It's really become something about unity, strength and pride."

The mother of two and a grant writer has run in many other races. Her first was the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. which she ran in honor of her father who served as a Marine. She remembers being motivated by a Marine who shouted her name in support when she was struggling. Elizabeth is most amazed with how running has impacted her children's lives who share the spirit of the sport and the support of the running community in every day life.

"There was a woman really struggling up the hill, and my girls started cheering for her saying she looks great, doesn't she look great?"

Since December, Elizabeth has upped her efforts for this year's marathon adding strength training and a protein diet. On April 18 she will be one of the many Granite State runners "Racing to Boston."

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