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Sisters run Boston Marathon

Talk about a full weekend.

Be in the hospital delivery room Saturday morning for the birth of your sister's daughter. Then spend Monday afternoon running the Boston Marathon.

That's how sisters Beth L'Allier and Shannon Cody spent their weekend of April 19-21.

The sisters are all New Richmond High School graduates. Beth still lives in New Richmond, while Shannon now lives in California.

Shannon flew in for the start of the weekend, so they could be with their youngest sister, Michele Haasch, when she delivered her third child. The sisters were getting worried the baby wouldn't arrive in time. They had to leave for Boston on Saturday morning. The baby finally made its appearance at 2 a.m.

Once they reached Boston, the sisters found the city and its people to be friendly and accommodating. Though there was an influx of 20,000 runners to the city, they had no problems getting around.

"It was busy and crazy," L'Allier said. "It was crazy with so many people, but (the race) was so efficient and well run."

The sisters both ran better than they anticipated at Boston. Beth finished with a time of 3:44.42, which qualifies her for next year's Boston Marathon.

Shannon had an incredible race, running her best time ever of 3:26.0. There were over 6,000 women running in the marathon and her time placed her among the top 500.

Beth said the course was tough, especially Heartbreak Hill, which she considered walking.

"There's no way the crowd would let you walk it. The crowd really did get me through. The last three miles I was really hurting," she said.

The sisters were able to run together for the first three miles before Shannon increased her pace.

The idea of doing a marathon began several years ago, when Shannon celebrated her 30th birthday. They did their first marathon four years ago in Nashville. The Boston Marathon was the sixth marathon they've run.

Despite being half the country apart, the sisters train together. Through phone calls and e-mails, they plan their workout schedules together.

Beth said that one of the keys to getting her to this level of running was becoming part of the New Richmond Running Club. She said that whenever she has long workouts to do, it seems like someone is willing to do extra miles to train with her.

Shannon is planning on running Grandma's Marathon this summer, but Beth is planning on getting back to running at an enjoyable level for a few months. The next marathon she's planning on running will be in Phoenix in January, when a group of NRRC members are going out together for the race.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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