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On to Boston: FF’s Wolters qualifies for famous marathon

Published 3:09pm Sunday, July 1, 2012 Updated 3:12pm Saturday, June 30, 2012

In the first marathon, Phidippides ran to Athens to announce the victory of the Athenian Army and warn of approaching Persian ships.

Fergus Falls runner Lynn Wolters may not need to warn the locals of an oncoming attack, but with her time of 3:38:12 at this year’s Grandma’s marathon, qualifying her for the 2013 Boston Marathon, she may want to announce her success.

Wolters cruised through the course beating the required time of 3:55:00 by nearly 17 minutes. But what may be the most impressive stat to Wolters qualifying for the Boston is that it was her first marathon.

“Grandma’s was my first full marathon but I have run a variety of half marathons and a few 10K’s and 5K’s for fun,” Wolters said.

This is not her first time on the track though as she was a state cross country and track runner in South Dakota A few years back, Wolters decided to start running longer distances and found it to be easier than expected.

“I was surprised at how well I did even though I had always been a runner,” Wolters added. “I started to run with Fergus Falls Area Runners last year and they taught me a lot about training, running style and are really a great group to run with.”

With the help of the FFAR, Wolters was able to train for her first marathon using long runs, speed work at the track and intermediate runs. She also added a short weight lifting routine every other day for upper body strength

Wolters plans on running in the marathon on April 15 of next year but also realizes that things can come up. Wolters plans on adding the Hoot Lake Triathlon and Chicago Marathon to her resume as she prepares for the race.

In the end, Wolters appreciates the amount of support she gets from the community and other local runners.

“Fergus Falls is a great community to train in with all the hills and variety of topography. I feel fortunate to have the support of my friends, family and co-workers at Lakeland Mental Health Center as well as the FFAR.”

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