"For years, running has been a way for me to relax, unwind, and take some time for myself," writes Old Tappan native Kaitlyn Kiely in Shape.com.
"It has a way of making me feel strong, empowered, free, and happy. But I never truly realized what it meant to me until I was faced with one of the greatest adversities of my life."
In 2016, her boyfriend of seven years, Matt Wetherbee, became paralyzed from the shoulders down during a basketball game.
Kiely promised him when he began intensive physical therapy that year that they would run the Boston Marathon together -- even if it meant she'd push him in a wheelchair the entire way.
That's exactly what happened, thanks to a partnership with HOTSHOT, a local manufacturer of sports shot drinks aimed to prevent and treat muscle cramping, to run the race route a week before it opened up to registered runners, Kiely wrote on Shape.com.
After weeks of training, sometimes with Wetherbee in his chair, others weighted bags up to 150-pounds when it was too cold for her boyfriend to join her, the pair celebrated an emotional moment crossing the finish line on Monday, April 9 -- happy to accomplish what they set out to do two years ago.
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