BOSTON - WINK News followed our local runners to Boston for the 118th Boston Marathon. Among them, we found some incredible stories.
Arielle Rausin is a North Fort Myers H.S. graduate, now attending the University of Illinois. She was one of 30 people to compete in the wheelchair division.
"Everything that happened last year and it came back even stronger," Rausin said of the event. "36,000 runners today. The spirit of runners is so amazing."
Rausin isn't afraid to push herself to the limit. Even on a good day, The she still has her sights set on something greater and faster. "I was two minutes off my personal record," Rausin said. "I wish I was a little better but started out really well and it got a little rough around the hills, mile18, mile 20. I think I finished pretty strong so it was good."
An accident cost Rausin the use of her legs at a young age. But, she found other ways to get around on the track. She competed on the track team at North Fort Myers High. Now at the University of Illinois, she and her teammates from the wheelchair racing team were among 30 others zooming through the wheelchair division at the Boston Marathon. Even at the toughest part, competing in the Marathon was a everything she hoped it would be.
"At Heartbreak Hill, they were lining the streets," Rausin recalled. "It was so loud there. Cowbells and rave music and everyone screaming and cheering so that really helped."
"The energy of the crowd was exciting and everyone yelled our daughters name," her mother Krista Rausin said.
"Phenomenal," her father Eric Rausin said. "You get a little choked up just thinking about it. Watching her go by, it is incredible."
Back in 1975, the Boston Marathon was the first to admit the wheelchair division in its race.