Former Mount Union track and field and cross country runner Tim Kelly '12 (Lakewood/Lakewood) is running in tomorrow's Boston Marathon.
As a college athlete Kelly, was a 10-time all-conference performer and three time individual event champion in track and field. He was also a four-year letterman on the men's cross country team and part of the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference championship team.
After graduating in 2012, Kelly kept on running and has competed is six half marathons and six full marathons but after the bombings at the finish line of last year's event he was inspired to get there and run in 2014.
"It's something I always wanted to cross off my bucket list but always planned on doing it a few more years down the line, commented Kelly. "After the events of last year, there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to be a part of something so incredible."
It is his not only his first time running the Boston Marathon ... it is his first time in the city.
"I'm incredibly excited and honored to be a part of history. I've had chills the entire weekend with the emotion running through the streets of Boston," stated Kelly.
Friends and family have questioned whether Kelly is concerned about his safety or worried about anything. His response is a common one from many in the running community heading into the race.
"Everyone keeps asking if I'm at all concerned or have had thoughts of the possibility of something happening and it honestly hasn't crossed my mind. If we're afraid, they win, said Kelly.
Kelly, in Boston with his brother and fellow Mount Union alum Joe '08, resides in his hometown of Lakewood working at both his family's business Kelly Restoration and as an assistant manager of the Second Sole running store in Rocky River.
Kelly's final thoughts also echo what many feel.
"We have to approach this thing with courage and community and win back this incredible tradition, although I think we already have."