Group of Boston Marathoners ran Glass City relayWritten by Don Lee | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Waynick is back in the race.
Really, she never left.
Waynick — who finished the Boston Marathon 10 minutes before two homemade bombs tore through the finish-line crowds, killing three — ran in Toledo’s Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon on April 28 as part of a team of people who also ran at Boston.
The five team members were Waynick, a Flower Hospital nurse living in Adrian, Mich., her friend Jill Stockford from nearby Tecumseh, running acquaintance Theresa Mariea, a runner from Ann Arbor and a runner from Toledo.
They ran as a team, Waynick said, as sort of a tribute to Boston.
It’s not really about running fast or running well but as a tribute, in honor of the lives lost and changed, she said.
The team members will wear their Boston Marathon jerseys.
They linked up through mutual friends and acquaintances and stepped off the starting line as a relay team — officially Team 3312, unofficially Boston Strong.
“One of the girls I work with had a family member who was there (in Boston) and she connected me … with the Road Runners Club (in Toledo),” Waynick said.
After talking to Mariea, who is the cross country coach at St. Ursula Academy, they came up with the idea of forming a relay team.
“I told Jill [Stockford] and she told somebody,” Waynick said. “And Boston Strong was born.”