Carol Elliott | Apr. 17, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Business
A year ago, Eliza Gedney was planning to meet with friends at a local Boston bar to celebrate Patriot’s Day. As she made her way down Boylston Street, she watched the marathon runners closing in on the finish line just a couple of blocks away.
Then the first bomb went off.
“It was 2:49 p.m. when I made my way past the Marathon Sports store and was right at the finish line when the first bomb detonated just a few yards behind me,” says Gedney, who earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in 2011. “The explosion occurred on the sidewalk right where I had stepped just a few seconds before.”
As the Boston Athletic Association began making plans for the 2014 race, the organization decided to pay tribute to the victims of the blasts by extending two marathon entries to each person injured.
“My initial reaction was, “no way,” says Gedney of receiving the invitation. “In fact, it was during my time at Notre Dame that I was first introduced to running when my friends convinced me to run the famous Holy Half Marathon. After barely making it to the finish line, I swore I would never subject myself to such torture ever again.
“But the more I thought about the 2014 Boston Marathon, the more I realized how big of an honor it was to be invited to run, and it became really hard for me to turn the opportunity down,” she adds. “When my friend Liza agreed to run with me, I finally had the courage to accept my invitation and begin training.”