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Former Evangel runners unite for Boston Marathon

April 21, 2014 | Michaela Smith

“I’ll never forget running in the Boston Marathon,” says Max Schuman, a 2011 Evangel University graduate.

“It encompasses many of the elements of what it means to be an American: the crowds of compassionate and supportive Bostonians, the history of the great city itself and the patriotism displayed after last year’s events.”

Three former Evangel track teammates, 2012 graduates Austin Jacobs and Nick Hestand, along with Schuman, decided to run together in the 2014 Boston Marathon after the tragedy that occurred last year.

The men agree that the camaraderie they built on Evangel’s track and cross-country teams inspired them to compete together.

“My teammates and I wanted to show support for Boston and to make lasting memories,” Hestand said.

Jacobs finished 115 out of more than 31,000 runners, a world-class placement in this year’s Boston Marathon. He posted a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 58 seconds and was just 23 minutes behind the winning time.

“Running alongside of a large group of people who have trained for this marathon, and remembering that some people’s lives were forever changed by last year’s events, made this especially significant,” Jacobs said.

The Boston Marathon is one of the most celebrated marathons in the world.

“It’s a personal challenge that many runners hope to conquer,” said Schuman, who placed 1,316. “I achieved the pinnacle of marathon running with my closest friends and my dad.”

Schuman added, “Everyone who ran this year had a sense of strength and resilience to show support and bravery for those that experienced personal loss in last year’s race.”

Hestand finished 1,084 overall, and another EU grad, Jason Parr from 2006, also competed in the marathon. He finished 11,792 with a time of less than four hours.

Lynn Bowen, Evangel University cross country and track coach, was excited that his former runners participated.

“They’ve been a great example to our current team,” Bowen said. “They have left a legacy for future Evangel University athletes.”

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