Laura Thweatt Wins BolderBoulder Female Citizen Race
Earlier this year, Laura Thweatt helped raise nearly $30,000 and collected clothes and shoes to help students who lost their homes in the Marshall Fire.
BOULDER, Colo. — About 50,000 runners took part in the BolderBoulder Citizen Run — for non-professional runners — Monday morning. But only one woman was able to finish first.
Laura Thweatt calls Boulder home. Now she has won her hometown race.
“Not quite what I expected to do today, but it happened and I’m pretty excited about it,” Thweatt said. “It was 34 minutes and 59 seconds. I told a close friend of mine who I was running with that if I broke 35 minutes I would be happy. So I broke 35 minutes.”
Thweatt has run a lot in her life and she is really fast.
“It was my first marathon in New York in 2015,” Thweatt said, pointing to a framed newspaper article displayed in her living room. “I was seventh overall.”
Thweatt’s home living room tells the story of overcoming pain – pain and suffering she admits comes with running.
“I look at that wall and I just remind myself that I can do hard things. There’s really nothing I can’t do,” Thweatt said. “You can do tough things. In and out of sport, because that’s life for all of us.”
The community in Thweatt’s hometown of Boulder knows how to show off for its people. Fans lined the course on Monday to cheer him on.
“I heard ‘Laura’ all the way through,” Thweatt said. “I was like, oh my God, I’m so honored that so many people are here to cheer.”
It’s the same community she helped earlier this year.
Thweatt is a track and cross country coach at Monarch High School. Six of his students lost their homes in the Marshall Fire. She helped raise nearly $30,000 and picked up clothes and shoes from sponsors to get them back on their feet.
“We didn’t know who of our children had a home, who didn’t, who was displaced, who wasn’t. It was just an extremely heartbreaking and devastating time for the whole community here,” said Thweatt. “It reminds us that yes, running is an individual sport. But it’s also a team sport. It’s also a community sport.”
Running is difficult. Being a good person is easier.
“To see all of this just reminded me why I love what I do and why I love being part of the community that I’m a part of,” Thweatt said. “That’s why I love racing so much. It’s tough. We’re all hurting. But we can respect that and stick together, whatever the cause.”
Thweatt is a full-time professional athlete who races for Saucony, but did not race in the professional category on Monday because she is recovering from an injury. She is now training for the US Olympic Marathon Trials which will take place in 2024.
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