MARSHALL, Texas – Seeing what happened at the Boston Marathon, East Texas Baptist University men’s and women’s cross country coach Natalie Bach-Prather is setting up a memorial run for all the victims in Boston. In honor of the victims, she will hold a memorial run on Monday, April 22nd, at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at East Texas Baptist University.
The run will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. right across from the intramural field in the area where cars are parked for the ETBU football games along Van Zandt Street. The run will consist of three laps that equal a mile in honor of the three people that lost their lives through the bombings.
“We are going to run one mile and break it up into three loops doing one loop in honor of each victim that died on Monday as a memorial service for them. We invite anyone that wants to come out and be a part of this and ask them to where blue or gold,” says Bach-Prather.
Bach-Prather finished the Boston Marathon in a personal record time of 3:29.44 to qualify again for the 2014 marathon besting her 2011 marathon time by 22 minutes. She had a 7:59 mile pace in the 2013 race.
Five minutes before the explosion took place, Bach-Prather left the area and was in the restroom when the bombs went off. She had been in the recovery tent for about an hour after her race and then left five minutes before the bomb went off. She was recovering in the area where the bomb went off and her husband, Michael, the ETBU men’s basketball assistant coach, was in the stands that were taken out by the bomb.
This is the second Boston Marathon that Bach-Prather has run as she also participated in 2011. She is in her fourth year as the women’s coach and first year as the men’s coach headed into the 2013 fall season at ETBU.