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Boynton Beach runner participates in virtual Boston Marathon

Friends line street to cheer her on
Posted at 12:05 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 12:05:37-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Celebrations are culminating Monday for this year's Boston Marathon, which was held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lindsay Johnson of Boynton Beach was among the thousands of runners who participated in this year's event.

It is not the way she thought she would be running the race when she qualified almost two years ago.

Johnson pushed through the race this weekend, running 26.2 miles in the six-hour time limit.

Lindsay Johnson
Lindsay Johnson (center) of Boynton Beach, Fla., runs in the virtual Boston Marathon while friends cheer her on.

Part of her race went through Royal Palm Beach, where her friends cheered her on.

Johnson said she ran in memory of her mother, who had ovarian cancer.

"The biggest challenge was having to do it on your own. Just to stay, 'I'm starting now let's go,' but I wanted to do it at least somewhere where I could have friends cheering me on to keep me motivated," Johnson said.

This year's Boston Marathon runners were able to participate starting Sept. 7 through Sept. 14.

On Monday, an online ceremony and celebration are scheduled.