Canadians celebrate wedding anniversary at Boston Marathon finish

Digital stopwatch in hand

Gatehouse Media

Posted Apr 15, 2013 @ 11:01 AM
Last update Apr 15, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

BOSTON — A Canadian couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary are cheering yards from the finish line today, despite being injured and unable to run themselves.

Shelley and Brian Leverton, of St. Thomas, Ontario, came to Boston to watch the race even though Shelley, 60, broke her foot in January and Brian, 53, tore his hamstring.

It would have been his first marathon and her second, after qualifying at another marathon near Toronto.

“You come and you support all the other people who are running,” Shelley said. “It’s just an emotional thing, really.”

She said qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon was a goal she wanted to achieve by age 60.

The couple said they had planned on this being their last marathon, or the last they would run together, but now hope to run more.

“It’s not the end of the world. There’s always someone worse off than you,” Brian said.
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