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Kimberley woman conquers Boston Marathon

Date posted: 27 April 2012

An Indigenous woman from the Kimberley region in Western Australia has conquered the famous Boston Marathon.

Early last week almost 27,000 people from around the world assembled to combat the 42.195 kilometre course.

Tegan Pigram, 25, from Derby, completed the race in 5 hours and 14 minutes.

Ms Pigram said it was above 30 degrees on the day of the marathon, a lot warmer than she was expecting.

'I think we had 32 degrees celsius outside which isn't that warm by Kimberley standards but we had about a 45 degree road temperature coming up at us, plus thousands and thousands of sweaty hot bodies also radiating heat along the way,' she said.

'It was really, really, really tough.'

Ms Pigram only took up running a year ago as part of Robert de Castella's Indigenous marathon project. She says the mental support she received from her family and coach kept her going.

'I had the names of all my family written up the side of my leg and I also had "I was born under Kimberley skies" written on my singlet,' she said.

'And then my coach wrote "strength" on my leg, so that was a big motivation. Between the 20 and the 30 kilometre mark was pretty tough so that's what I used.'

Source: ABC


Last updated: 27 April 2012
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