A Mt. Juliet runner will be among three other Wilson Countians and about 35,000 others from around the world at the starting line Monday to take part in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.
Marshall Edmondson, 36, will join fellow Mt. Juliet runner Manuel Arellano, 63, and Lebanon runners Raymond Hurd, 53, and Linda Lamott, 41, as those from other parts of Wilson County who will participate in the race, according to the Boston Marathon website.
Edmondson said he “got lucky” when he qualified for the Boston Marathon by two minutes at the Colorado Marathon in Fort Collins, Colo. last May.
This will mark Edmondson’s first Boston Marathon, though he often competes in running and triathlon events across the country. He has a sister, Brooksie Edmondson, who lives in Boston and said he wanted to run the marathon for several reasons. Monday’s Boston Marathon marks the first following two bombs that exploded near the finish line in 2013 that killed three people and injured about 260 others.
“To be honest, it was one of those things where I had to run it, especially with everything that happened with the bombing last year,” Edmondson said. “I thought it was a definite must do.
“I feel kind of honored to be able to go after all that’s happened. The Boston Marathon is kind of the marathon of all marathons. It’s kind of one you can brag about later on. I’m excited about it.”
But Edmondson said the race would also afford him the chance to honor those affected by the 2013 bombing.
“I’m going to go to the finish line and take a few minutes in silence and take it all in,” he said.
For Edmondson, it will be a chance to reconnect with his sister and experience some family time before and after the historic event. He said he planned to fly from Senibel Island, Fla., where he’s been vacationing with family, to Boston for the marathon.
“We’ve been there a handful of times with the last being the World Series back in October,” Edmondson said. “[My sister has] lived there for about seven or eight years. She’s going to be the tour guide.”
Edmondson was born in Birmingham, Ala., and moved to Antioch when he was 7. His family lived there until Edmondson went to college. He and his wife, Emily, who both work for GE, lived in several different cities before settling down about two years ago in Mt. Juliet near his childhood home.
Edmondson said he’s also friends with another local runner, Greg Armstrong, but the two had an unusual first meeting.
“Greg and I actually met at a 100-mile run at Yellowstone National Park,” Edmondson said. “It’s funny I had to meet Greg out there when we live so close to one another.”