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  • Boner rediscovers long-lost passion

  • October 29, 2010 11:25 am EDT

MOUNT VERNON — A 20-year hiatus must have been a good thing. Mount Vernon’s Kim Boner had been a high school cross country runner at Cardington in the mid-1980s but didn’t pursue running after that, at least not for a while.

“My daughter ran track a few years ago, so I just decided to pick it up again,” said Boner in a recent interview after placing as the top female in the Oil Creek Trail Runs at Titusville, Pa., on Oct. 16. Her time of 13:02:20 was seventh overall out of 75 runners in the 100K race (62 miles). Competing in the female 40 to 49 age group, the closest female to Boner was in 13th place, more than one hour later, and in the 30 to 39 age group.

“It was not flat,” said Boner. “It had wooded trails with lots of rocks and ruts. It was rated four out of five as far as difficulty with five being the hardest. The course also had an 1,100-feet elevation gain.”

Although not running for a number of years, Boner kept very active, coaching basketball and volleyball. “I also love kayaking,” she added.

Boner resumed running competitively again in 2006, competing in the Columbus and Boston marathons. She ran in 13 races last year and just four so far this year. “I started running the trails last year and placed in each race,” said Boner. Her next goal is to compete in a 100-mile race next year.

She also placed first at the Mohican 50-mile race in June. “That was a surprise,” said Boner, claiming she had been having issues with an IT band. “It’s a type of tendonitis that occurs in a long tendon up your leg. It just flares up at times,” she said. “But you can just quit or you can keep going and hope for no permanent injury.”

alan.reed@mountvernonnews.com

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