Abbie Selhorst shows her Boston Marathon participation medal. (Photo submitted)
Abbie Selhorst shows her Boston Marathon participation medal. (Photo submitted)

GLANDORF — Abbie Selhorst, a 2008 Ottawa-Glandorf graduate, has been running since she was a freshman in high school. On Monday, April 21, she was still running. Only this time she took part in the Boston Marathon.

“There were spectators lining the entire way,” Selhorst said. “It was also great to see so many people take part in the race.”

She said the day of the race she boarded a shuttle bus at 6 a.m to be taken to Boston Commons, which is just past the finish line. From there she boarded one of 588 school buses that were there to take the runners to the start of the race.

“It was a 50-minute ride on the bus,” Selhorst said. The buses had all left by 7 a.m. and arrived at the Athlete’s Village near the start by 8 a.m.

Then by 9 a.m. Selhorst was loaded into her assigned corral for the race.

She completed the 26.2 miles in 3:09:45. Selhorst said in order to qualify for the Boston Marathon she had to have a time of 3:35 for the female 18-39 category.

Selhorst finished 287 out of 6,970 in her category. She was 4,087 overall out of 31,931 runners. For her gender she was 349 out of 14,356.

“I plan to continue running and take part in another half or full marathon,” Selhorst said.

While in high school Selhorst ran track and cross country.

Her sophomore year she competed in state level in both track and cross country. Her junior year she qualified for state in cross country. During her senior year she qualified to compete at state level in track.

Selhorst received her undergraduate degree in exercise science at Ashland University.

“I continued to compete in track and cross country during my three years in undergraduate,” she said.

She then did her grad studies at Ohio University in Athens. She will graduate from there this Friday with a degree in physical therapy.

“In college I ran 5K and 10K’s during competition,” she said. Once she graduated she started competing in half and full marathons.

She said half marathons (13.1 miles) in 2012 and 2013. Last May she did her first full marathon in Cleveland.

Selhorst said she runs year round. “I never stop training,” she said. “With my race cycle I prep for one race. Then after the race I have down time for three days to a week, then I start up again.”

Selhorst it takes time to get where you want to be when running.

“I most enjoyed the atmosphere during the Boston Marathon,” she said. “It was great to be with so many like-minded people who love to run.” She also said it felt good to see how strong Boston was after last year’s bombing during the Boston Marathon.

“People came out and didn’t let this stop them from coming,” she said.

Selhorst is the daughter of Dave and Deb Selhorst. Following graduation she hopes to get a job in physical therapy in the Columbus area.

story created on Monday 4/28/2014 at 3:21:56 pm by Nancy Kline