Boston Marathon: More than just 26.2 miles

Associate Journalism Professor Jennifer Rowe poses among many of her marathon posters in her Lee Hills Hall office on the University of Missouri campus.

Associate Journalism Professor Jennifer Rowe poses among many of her marathon posters in her Lee Hills Hall office on the University of Missouri campus.

University of Missouri Associate Professor of Journalism, Jennifer Rowe has been running since the age of 12. When she tried to join the Cross Country team as a Sophomore in high school, she ran into some issues. “There were a lot of people who kind of thought I was trying to make some bra burning, feminist statement, Rowe said. I just remember saying over and over again, I just want to run!”

However, this set back did not keep Rowe from her love of running. Rowe has been running for about 35 years and has run a total of nine marathons. Two of those nine were in Boston.

In addition to running the Boston Marathon, Rowe has been in the city to watch three out of the last six times. When she ran for the second time in 2007, she ran with her then fiancé who she would marry just three weeks later.

“I was in a meeting when everything happened yesterday and when I came back my cell phone was just lit up like a Christmas tree.” She had received countless messages and phones calls inquiring about her whereabouts and her safety.

An event like what happened yesterday does not discourage Rowe from running anymore marathons in the future or from returning to Boston. In fact it, it has the opposite effect. “If anything, it might… it might make we want to go back even more.”

For runners everywhere and particularly those who have run the Boston Marathon, it is more than just 26.2 miles. “It’s one of the few events I can think of where, if you’re a runner… And you say Boston, people know you’re talking about the marathon.”

Posters depicting several different marathons Rowe has run line the doors of her office.

Posters depicting several different marathons Rowe has run line the doors of her office.

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