November 5, 2015

Blacksmith qualifies for Boston Marathon

By STU MERRY

White Shield’s Megan Blacksmith came up short in her bid to qualify for the Boston Marathon at the qualifying event in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 4.

Blacksmith ran the course in 3:37:50, only 2:50 off the qualifying benchmark. She looked at her time as a glass half-full.

"I was so happy about my time but upset because I was so close," she said.

But, Blacksmith said through a twist of fate a fellow runner from Washburn, Jeff Turning Heart, Jr., reached out to her via social media after seeing her story in the Independent.

"He informed me he also is an avid Native American runner and is on a running team; Running Strong for Billy Mills," she said. "He told me they had a few open spots on the team and were looking for runners so he recommended that I join."


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