Amanda Murphy of Wausau ran the Boston Marathon for her third time Monday.
She was one of 30,000 runners competing in the event.
Murphy completed the course in 3:24:15, her fastest time ever for the Boston Marathon.
“It's just a sense of accomplishment. It's really fun to train for something and just go out there and give it my all and test myself and see what I'm capable of,” Murphy said.
Even though her hometown of Wausau is about 1,200 miles away from Boston she had a cheering section in Wisconsin.
”My 3 and 1/2 year old nephew last night told his mom that he wanted to blow some bubbles and maybe they would make it from Wausau to Boston and that Aunt Amanda would see them on the course,” Murphy said.
As she was running, she spotted some encouragement.
“Right at mile 17, right when the hills started, there was somebody who was blowing bubbles and I looked to my left and saw this whole thing of bubbles in the air and it was pretty exciting, climbing the hill knowing that my nephew was cheering me on, and then again at mile 19 there was one little lone bubble in the air,” Murphy said.
The bubbles helped keep her motivated all 26.2 miles.
“It was just a real kind of cool metaphor of knowing that a lot, not just my nephew, but a lot of people back home were cheering me on and that support means so much to me,” Murphy said.