Dordt College News

DC at Boston

June 24, 2014

Three Dordt alumni ran the 2014 Boston Marathon and shared their stories.

Michelle (Steiger, ’12) Haan, 3:19:29

“The fans were incredible, screaming and cheering the entire way. The downhills were great at the beginning, but I was definitely able to feel their effects as the race went on.” 

Luke Vander Leest (’99), 3:47:11

“Being in Boston a year after the bombings was an emotional and energizing experience. The city of Boston exemplified their strength to the world. Personally the race didn't go as planned. After training all winter in freezing temperatures, sunny 70-degree weather took its toll early, causing dehydration, muscle cramps, and the worst marathon of my career (after a 3:02 qualifying time). However, as I reflect on the experience, I know that God is still teaching me lessons from a favorite passage in Hebrews 12. I was certainly surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, and God is still teaching me how to run with perseverance the race he marked out for me.”

Vicki (Veenstra, ’78) Vanderkwaak, 3:59:27

Husband Lloyd Vanderkwaak’s (’78) Facebook post said it all: “Congratulations on a fourth sub-4:00 Boston Marathon. You’re amazing!”

Media Access: Download Word Version