FORT WAYNE, Ind. – When Mariah Jordan walks to the starting line at the 2019 Boston Marathon, it will be a bucket-list moment for the champion distance runner.
“Five years ago, I never thought I would be running in this race,” Mariah tells ParkviewSportsMedicine.com. “It will be really amazing to taking off with all of those people.”
Mariah will be among some 30,000 people competing in the 26.2-mile race through Boston. Competitors make Boston based on their times at other qualifying marathons. She qualified for Boston in November 2017 thanks to a 2:58:59 finish at the Monument Marathon in Indianapolis.
“I’ve always loved long-distance,” she adds. “I never knew I would run a marathon, let alone two. It’s really exciting to see how the distance can transfer over a long time, with it getting longer and setting new goals for myself.”
The path Mariah, a scheduler/registrar at Parkview Ortho Express, has run to the Boston Marathon has been a successful one. An accomplished runner at Homestead High School, Mariah went on to Manchester University, where she won several Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in women’s cross country and track & field. She qualified twice for NCAA Division III nationals. Jordan has also won the Fort4Fitness women’s half-marathon the last two years. Now, she looks forward to the biggest race of her life—not so much as it relates to time, but to the experience that will come along with it.
“I’m running the same course with Olympians and professional athletes and people who work hard for this every single day.”
With half-a-million people expected to the streets of Beantown, Mariah already knows who will be her biggest fan.
“My mom has always supported me from Day 1,” Mariah beams. “She has helped me through the good times and the bad times through my whole career of running. She has never missed a race. She’s always there to support me, always there at the finish line when I need her most. I’m really glad she’ll be there.”
The 123rd Boston Marathon will start at 9 a.m. Monday, April 15. Mariah is one of more than 300 Hoosiers racing, including 18 from Fort Wayne.